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Elaine Bernstein Partnow is an author, an actor, a quotologist, an editor, instructor and a public speaker especially noted for her living history portrayals of notable women and for the nationally acclaimed book "The Quotable Woman, The First 5,000 Years" (Facts On File. 6th ed., 2010). A collection of almost 20,000 quotations from 167 nations by over 5,000 women, it has been in print since 1977. Other quotations collections include "The Quotable Jewish Woman" (Jewish Lights, 2004), "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Great Quotes for All Occasions" (2008), and most recently, "The Little Book of the Spirit for Women" (Sterling, 2010). Among her other works are "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Your True Age" (2009), "The Female Dramatist" (1998), and "The MacMillan Book of Photographic Artists and Innovators" (1983).
Elaine has brought some of her dozens of portrayals of fabulous women to tens of thousands of women, men and children internationally at more than 500 venues. She has taught acting at all levels, including challenged children, and directed teenagers in stage plays. She has written, produced and acted in her own one-woman show, "Hear Us Roar, A Woman’s Connection"; and was commissioned to write and perform "Hispanic Women Speak." She has two screenplays and two novels under her belt and continues to write both fiction and nonfiction as well as work as an editor and writing coach.
Elaine teaches a variety of courses in adult extension—from how to get published to public speaking techniques. Included in several editions of "Contemporary Authors," "Who’s Who of American Women" and "Who’s Who in Entertainment," Partnow has been the on-line columnist of “Women of Wisdom” for the award-winning web site, www.feminist.com.
Elaine currently lives in Los Angeles with her photographer husband and two dogs. She has done volunteer work as an educational interpreter for two park systems, mentored at the schools, and, with her rat terrier, Deva, has made pet therapy visitations. You can find out more about Elaine and contact her at her websites: www.TheQuotableWoman.com,www.EditingByElaine.info and www.ElainePartnow-Actor.com.
on Sep. 23, 2012 :
"You already possess the skills and style you need for speaking. They are innate." Reading writing on speaking? Susan and Elaine Partnow's book "Speaking With Power, Poise & Ease" might as well be on 'how to live' with the practicality (see Chapter 2 for Controlling the Body)and knowing nurturance. Hey! It's dedicated to their parents! Where it really got me was when I 'heard' "A BOOK FOR WOMEN. . . Why do women need their own book on effective speaking? How we speak is intimately connected with issues of gender and power." This reviewer speaks from experience as in the 70s' when my life depended on it I found it nearly insurmountable in a self-help group to speak publicly! The authors maintain "All Speaking Is Public Speaking" but they do substantiate that ". . . women's style of speaking as relationship-oriented. Women engage in rapport talk: . . ." by generously bringing into this discussion contemporary linguists Deborah Tannenn and Robin Lakoff. Partnow asserts "Think of a time when you talked about a concept you understood thoroughly and believed in passionately while in a comfortable and supportive setting with a responsive listener. . . . My message to you is that those same speaking talents are available to you in every situation." I absolutely will!
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on Sep. 15, 2012 :
Please add the stars to my review as I neglected to do so when I submitted it. Thank you.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Sep. 15, 2012 :
What a fact filled, thorough and well planned book! The writers are not only knowledgeable, but compassionate and articulate. So many helpful insights-thinking of public speaking as one on one, no matter the size of the audience and remembering that your butterflies are invisible! The quotations sprinkled throughout are funny and wise. The writers take you by the hand, right where you are, and walk you through to your own courage and confidence. Everyone can benefit from this gem of a book.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2012 :
This terrific, immensely useful volume is packed with questions, examples, and exercises that help you prepare yourself for all manner of speaking--conversation to presentation. How to clarify your purpose, organize your thoughts, and refine your delivery. A section on fielding questions and leading discussions. These authors understand communication.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 09, 2012 :
This is a must-have book if presenting yourself to others with confidence and poise matters to you! The authors communicate their material clearly in a fun, user-friendly way. I highly recommend!
(reviewed the day of purchase)