Episode 17 (Vocal Authority)

Rena Cook

Paul’s guest for June 2019 is Rena Cook, a TEDx speaker, author, and voice, speech, confidence, and presentation coach. Rena and Paul discuss voice and speech, particularly among women.

Rena is the founder of Vocal Authority, a training consultancy serving clients who want to use their voice in more commanding and authentic ways. She is the author of Empower your Voice: For Women in Business, Politics and Life and Voice and the Young Actor, and an associate editor of the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA).

Rena has an MA in voice studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is professor emerita at the University of Oklahoma. Her dedication to teacher preparation continues as she teaches at the University of Houston on their Summer MA for Drama Teachers program. Rena’s TEDxOU talk is titled “Power without Press: The Foundation of Authentic Communication.”