For such a small book, this one sure did pack a mighty punch! Outspoken: Why Women’s Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free by Veronica Rueckert was a fascinating read, with something in here that would resonate with every woman. This book is filled with a lot of inspiring, infuriating and thought-provoking studies of the role of female voices and how they’re being silenced, as well as effective tips and exercises on how to reclaim our power and ensure we’re being heard.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: “Women’s voices aren’t being heard—at work, at home, in public, and in every facet of their lives. When they speak up, they’re seen as pushy, loud, and too much. When quiet, they’re dismissed as meek and mild. Everywhere they turn, they’re confronted by the assumptions of a male-dominated world.
From the Supreme Court to the conference room to the classroom, women are interrupted far more often than their male counterparts. In the lab, researchers found that female executives who speak more often than their peers are rated 14 percent less competent, while male executives who do the same enjoy a 10 percent competency bump.
In Outspoken, Veronica Rueckert—a Peabody Award–winning former host at Wisconsin Public Radio, trained opera singer, and communications coach—teaches women to recognize the value of their voices and tap into their inherent power, potential, and capacity for self-expression. Detailing how to communicate in meetings, converse around the dinner table, and dominate political debates, Outspoken provides readers with the tools, guidance, and encouragement they need to learn to love their voices and rise to the obligation to share them with the world.
Outspoken is a substantive yet entertaining analysis of why women still haven’t been fully granted the right to speak, and a guide to how we can start changing the culture of silence. Positive, instructive, and supportive, this welcome and much-needed handbook will help reshape the world and make it better for women—and for everyone. It’s time to stop shutting up and start speaking out.”
I’ll be honest and say that I went into this book blindly and was pleasantly surprised by Rueckert’s focus on exercises for adjusting your actual voice projection, not just tips and tricks for how to speak more confidently and boldly. This book wasn’t totally what I expected, but I enjoyed it for what it was. It is very clear that a lot of research and passion went into this book and through her discoveries and advice, Veronica Rueckert has helped me become more cognizant of my own voice and natural tendencies/reservations when it comes to speaking out. I feel that there are a lot of useful nuggets of information scattered throughout this book that will help me reclaim my confidence and voice in situations where it matters most and I look forward to putting this feedback into action.
In a world where women need to be reminded of their power and encouraged to speak their truth, both in the workplace and in their personal lives, Outspoken by Veronica Rueckert arrives at the perfect time 💛
BEER RECOMMENDATION: Outspoken by Veronica Rueckert is best paired with Save Your Blushes by Idiom Brewing Co. This delicious strawberry cheesecake milkshake IPA is the first of many female brewed beers at this brewery. Made with Barbe Rouge hops, strawberries, graham cracker, vanilla and lactose, this beer is a perfect representation of this classic dessert 🍻