"If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman." This tongue-in-cheek statement was spoken by the late "Iron Lady" Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and pioneer for women in politics. She was also well-known for her wit, skilful use of rhetoric and a distinctly dominant communication style. Margaret Thatcher owned her own voice!
However, it wasn't always that way. She started off with very poor communication skills that earned her heavy critique. She quickly came to recognize the significance of the voice and the realisation that she did not possess the vocal techniques to be taken seriously, especially in a male-dominated Parliament where she was belittled. After thorough assessment and voice-training, however, Thatcher not only extinguished the non-assertiveness and faintness of her formal articulation, but developed her own voice and vocal style so that it came to be described as "domineering."
“All women in business need to be heard,” says Monique Rissen-Harrisberg, the doyen of Voice Training and CEO of The Voice Clinic in South Africa. “Women should work to develop their vocal skills to become better speakers. One's voice is essential in business situations that require face-to-face verbal statements to be delivered, as many so often do”, says Harrisberg
Harrisberg’s offers effective speaking tips to women who want to improve their public speaking skills:
“Use your voice to make an impact,” says Harrisberg. “Our facilitators will provide you with valuable tips and will focus not only on what to say when perfecting your presentation, but on how to moderate your voice when pitching!
If you seek to improve your communication skills as a businesswoman, allow The Voice Clinic and Margaret Thatcher's success to serve as a model for you, through self-evaluation and adjustment,” Harrisberg concludes.