“These different women who are running, and the way they’re running, is going to change politics forever,” said Christine K. Jahnke, a longtime consultant to Democratic women. “They’re rewriting the playbook. But we don’t know exactly what the new playbook will look like.”
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The Trump administration’s attempts to suppress research on science from climate change to vaccines has become a call to action for many usually apolitical scientists. And one grassroots activists organization, 314 Action, is trying to get them elected to public office. Well Spoken Woman’s Chris Jahnke spoke to Vice News Tonight on HBO about running for office in a Trump world. Watch the full story here.
This female vocal coach teaches women how to talk without being called angry or shrill.
The balloons hadn’t even begun to drop after Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention this summer when pundits started scoring the way she sounded. There was Brit Hume of Fox News complaining about Clinton’s “not-so-attractive voice” and saying, “She tends to accelerate her delivery and speak louder and sterner.” There was New York Times columnist David Brooks demanding more “humanity” from the country’s first female presidential nominee: “She projects one emotional tone throughout, and it has a combative manner to it, and not a happy warrior manner.” Donald Trump himself took to Twitter to chastise Clinton’s “very average scream.” None of this would have come as a surprise to any woman who’s run for office. Read the full story here.
The stage of a national political convention is the Olympics of political oratory. You are standing on a podium before a national audience, in front of hundreds of the partisans who can help make or break your career. The audience is there for the singular purpose of rallying together to elect the next leader of the free world. And you have been chosen to speak to them. For the speakers at the conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia, the stakes couldn’t be higher: If it goes well, you can launch yourself into the national stratosphere, as happened after the convention speeches of then-Illinois state Senator Barack Obama and former California Governor Ronald Reagan. If it goes poorly, your speech could be memorable for all the wrong reasons; you risk becoming a walking punchline. Read the full op-ed here.
Speech and debate coach Chris Jahnke has advised a number of female candidates and leaders, including New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and First Lady Michelle Obama. She discusses the gender dynamics at work in last night’s debate, and the particular ways in which women are expected to behave on stage while debating men. Listen to the full radio interview here.
Typically, if debates fail in the intended purpose of informing voters, the blame is heaped on the candidates who supposedly are coached to deliver canned responses. This cycle, we can blame weak moderators, gotcha questions and no clear ground rules. Fortunately, there is still time before voters head to the polls next week to take five simple steps to ensure future debates do more to shore up our democracy. Read the full op-ed here.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will be the third woman in a row selected to deliver the Republican response to the President’s State of the Union address. Does it matter that another woman will be laying out the opposition party’s policy agenda? Read the full op-ed here.
NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with O’Donnell and Chris Jahnke, who works with female Democratic candidates at all levels, to find out a few debate do’s and dont’s — which the Democratic presidential candidates might do well to remember at Saturday night’s debate in New Hampshire. Listen to the full piece here.
When debate coach Chris Jahnke schools women in public speaking, she likes to start with this: “Let your inner diva come out.” The author of The Well-Spoken Woman and founder of Positive Communications says that women need to understand how important it is to own their own voices. Read the full article here.