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    Learn to see yourself as others do and become magnetic, magnanimous, and memorable! Savvy advice, specific examples, and tactical exercises to develop your presence—in months, not years.

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    Inspired to extend a helping hand to ambitious women working in corporate America, a veteran executive offers honest, practical, slightly irreverent advice about navigating companies that are run and populated predominately by men: how to interpret their sometimes surprising behavior, avoid common mistakes, flourish with the good guys, deal with the bad guys, and nurture a wonderful, satisfying career in a non-traditional role.

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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    The Spirit of the Discreet Guide
    FIRST PRINCIPLES
    The Facts of Life
    In and Out of the Men’s Room
    Tuning In and Dropping Out
    Hold It Right There, Lady
    Skeptical Spectacles and a Critical-Thinking Cap
    YOUR SISTAS AND YOU
    Whose Girl Are You?
    Taking Care
    You’re Different, and That’s Only Mostly Bad
    Impressions and the Real Thing
    Sistas
    EARLY MANEUVERS
    School Days
    Your First Company
    The Cubette
    NAVIGATION TIPS
    Guiding Lights
    The Big C’s: Competition, Challenge, and Conflict
    DANGER—FALLING COCONUTS
    Sit Down and Shut Up
    How Do You Get Anything Done?
    He Doesn’t Think You’re Very Smart
    But Don’t Be Dumb
    TOUCHY SUBJECTS
    After Hours
    One-on-One: Danger Zones
    Sex At Work
    GUYS, GUYS, GUYS
    The Big Guy
    The Good Guys
    International Guys
    The Messed-Up Ones
    Bad Guys
    Super Bad Guys
    YOU’RE A BIG GIRL NOW
    Managing—Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    Work—Why You’re Paid
    THE EXECUTIVE WOMAN’S DILEMMA
    What? I Can’t Hear You
    Courage
    Common Sense
    A Powerful Combination
    THE PRIDE OF THE LIONESS
    Power and Risk
    Leadership
    THE DIAMOND

Your American Voice

Designed for English learners, these individual 60-minute sessions focus on diction, fluency, rhythm, diction, and syllabic stress to create a voice that is uniquely yours. Teaching techniques include video analysis, “singing along,” stress reduction, minimal pairs, and speaking exercises. The objective is to ensure that you are understood — not to eliminate your accent. Lessons are lively and fun with exercises designed for your specific needs. Write jennifer(at)discreetguide.com for further information.

“I worked with Jennifer for a span of four months in her program Your American Voice. I can attest that I benefited considerably from her coaching, dedication, and encouragement. Jennifer devised a program specifically tailored to my needs, which were to find a way to improve the way I present myself as a financial professional. Through practice and other creative approaches, such as adopting the speaking styles of some well-known individuals, I was able to identify the issues associated with my speech and alleviate them. In our sessions, Jennifer was patient and made me feel comfortable to not be afraid of making mistakes and correcting them. Jennifer was always prepared and open to new ways of helping me with my business speech. I would recommend Jennifer and the American Voice program to anyone who is looking for a way to improve his or her executive presence in business settings, and find a speaking style that would be in line with his or her personality.” ~The Program’s First Graduate

I sent one of my clients to Jennifer to help with some speech issues that were impeding his job search and after four months was frankly blown away by his transformation. He spoke with such confidence, and his articulation and fluency were much improved.I was astounded with the positive change that I observed, and how she literally changed his life.” ~Janet Andrews, CEO, A Career Above / Executive Career Coach

OTHER PROGRAMS:

The Discreet Guide offers professional development training programs for individuals who want to take the next step.

Are you looking for a change at work?

Do you want to talk to someone about your work issues?

Are you looking for work?

I can help you.

In addition to the Presence programs (see separate tab), these shorter modular units are offered to concentrate specifically on areas that are customized for you. The usual effective format of interactive one-on-one webcam sessions is used, followed by specific, tactical exercises with a dash of humor. When appropriate, techniques used to train actors and athletes will be incorporated. Certain modules utilize audio and videotaping, so that clients see themselves as others do. These programs can start anytime, anywhere.

These 90 minute units address issues such as interpersonal skills, voice, carriage, social skills, communication skills, presentation skills, mindfulness, self-awareness, networking, interviewing, feedback, stage fright, and etiquette. Readings are reinforced with videos, self-development exercises, and self-analysis completed between each consulting session.

“I’m so glad I had and continue to have Jennifer in my corner as I grow in my career.” ~Philana Kiely, Executive Director, MBA Women Int’l

Private and Confidential. Also FUN, and you will see results.

Suggested offerings include:

Thriving in the Belly of the Beast: Success Strategies for a Male-Dominated Environment (3 units)

Can You Hear Me? How to Be Heard at Work (2 units)

Networking and Interviewing for the Job Seeker (2 units)

Coping with Stage Fright (3 units)

Speak Like a Native… in Business: Melding Words and Numbers to Say What You Mean (3 units)

How To Be a Better Boss (3 units)

Speaking Up for Girls – Building Confidence and Pride (2 units)

Pricing:

Each 90-minute unit is priced at $350. It includes a self-assessment, an introductory “get-to-know-you” session, a copy of The Discreet Guide for Executive Women (if desired), and a diploma upon completion.

Group discounts are available.

Feel free to write to jennifer (at) discreetguide (dot) com with questions and ideas. I’d be delighted to hear from you and see if I can help.

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    Clik here for the "Stage Fright" Issue - Mar 2017.

    Click here for the "Women's March" Issue - Jan 2017.

    Click here for the "Executive Presence" Issue - Nov 2016.

    Click here for the "New Opportunity, i.e., Looking for Work" Issue - Sep 2016.

    Click here for the "Business Travel" Issue - July 2016.

    Click here for the "Bully" Issue - May 2016.

    Click here for the "Men, Women, and Money" Issue - March 2016.

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    Click here for the November 2015 Apology Edition.

    Click here for the September 2015 Single Mother Edition.

    Click here for the July 2015 Negotiation Edition.

    Click here for the May 2015 Birthday Edition.

    Click here for the Mar 2015 First Edition.

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    Customized one-on-one consulting program to enhance your presence, both professionally and personally. Available from anywhere. Starts anytime. Ten 90-minute individualized sessions. Private and confidential. More info
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  • About the Author

    Raised on a farm in southern Indiana by an idealistic professor and a feminist homemaker, and after language and film studies in Europe, Jennifer was an unlikely candidate to graduate from a leading business school and enter corporate America. To her surprise, she excelled in her new world and spent the next twenty years building a scintillating career, rising from Financial Analyst to Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary, working for big pharma and biotech companies in the US, Europe, and the UK.

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