Caroline Goyder’s third book, Find Your Voice: The Secret to Talking with Confidence in Any Situation, continues illustrating how she successfully melds her dramatic training, inherent intelligence, and keen understanding of human nature into a transformative whole. Her years working for London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as a voice coach contributes mightily to her impact as a public speaker. Her frequent media appearances and a TED Talk logging more than 7.5 million viewers testify to her talents in the public arena. Her public speaking exerts an obvious influence over her writing for this book, but it never reads like a transcript from some recent appearance. She works as a trainer with senior management in a variety of organizations and private individuals as well. It is ultimately up for readers to decide, but many will find this book to be her best yet.


Goyder builds the book in five chapters full of brief multiple sections. These sections cover a myriad of topics and their condensed focus helps make Find Your Voice a tight and fast-paced reading experience. Goyder, three books into her writing career, demonstrates the skills of a much more experienced author. There is no detectable unease in her presentation and she writes convinced of the worthiness of her message and how to put it across to the reader. There are several “Try This” exercises included throughout the book designed to encourage deeper involvement from readers and a smattering of illustrations accompany the text that reinforces points in the text. Her choice of quotes throughout the book are eclectic and invariably on point.

The tone she adopts is uniformly positive. This isn’t to say she takes on a delusional air, viewing the world through the proverbial rose-colored glasses – she acknowledges our human frailty at every turn with a mature and insightful eye. It is clear from the beginning Goyder’s overriding interest is helping others realize their potential. There’s no feeling that she’s written this book as an ego exercise or to further burnish her reputation.


There is a small amount of repetition in the text. Goyder constantly reminds readers in various ways about how the voice is a manifestation of their personalities, but this is a small flaw in an otherwise fine book. There are other exercises included in the book beyond the “Try This” examples and they are physically oriented, but never demanding. They are simple and straight-forward activities anyone can do in the privacy of their own home. The confluence of elements powering this book are well orchestrated and complement each other – it is a clear indication of the planning Goyder put into this book before beginning.

Find Your Voice: The Secret to Talking with Confidence in Any Situation is the sort of book those interested in self-actualization will pursue with great relish. Caroline Goyder’s reputation as an author is sure to grow thanks to this book and the clarity of her vision for assisting people is impressive and unwavering throughout the entirety of this book.

Jason Hillenburg