“Your work tells tales. It speaks about you, your values, your hopes, your ambitions, and ultimately what you deem worthy of your energy and attention.”
The world seems to be filled with a lot of noise, with numerous people, organizations, products vying for attention. So how does one stand apart from the noise and makes oneself heard? Author Todd Henry believes it is finding your unique and authentic voice, which will enable you to reach a wide audience and convey your message. In his book Louder Than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice, he outlines the steps to finding your unique expression.
In developing our authentic voice and not conforming or playing it safe, we are able to get our message across and reach a larger audience. The points and strategies discussed in Louder Than Words are well presented and organized. The questions we must ask ourselves are regarding our identity (who are you?), our vision (where are you going?), and the mastery of our craft/expression (how will you get there?). The author also talks about the things that hold us back such as fear, our narrative, personalizing rejection, and setbacks that we face. All points, strategies, and exercises are accompanied by helpful stories and examples. Louder Than Words is an excellent resource for individuals and companies/organizations who are looking to find and develop their own unique voice.
Note: You can find chapter summaries and additional resources for Louder Than Words on the author’s website.
Favourite quote: “You have to let go of your fear of what you think you must be so that you can embrace the possibility of what you might be. It is deeply ingrained in the human condition to simultaneously crave recognition and camouflage. We want our unique abilities to show, but deep down we fear that we’re really not so great. These two forces battle within us, and then paralyze us. As a result, we show enough of ourselves to differentiate us from the competition, but not so much as to isolate us. We follow the heard when it’s expedient, but shun them when the stakes are low.”