Louder Than Words by Todd Henry

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Develop your voice, sharpen your vision, and master your days.

 

Louder Than Words is your playbook for taking your work to the next level. Don’t settle. Make echoes.
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Do the best, most fulfilling work of your life.

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“While your work speaks about you, does it really speak for you? Does it represent you well? The key to making your work resonate is to uncover, develop, and then bravely use your authentic voice.” – Louder Than Words

There has never been a better time to build an audience for your idea or product. But with so many people clamoring for attention online and offline, it’s also more challenging than ever to do work that deeply resonates and creates true and lasting effect.

How do you set yourself apart in such a noisy, crowded world? How do you do work that is truly remarkable?

The key is to develop your authentic voice. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a writer, a designer, or a manager building a brand, the more clear and compelling your voice, the more your message will hit home with your audience. The result will be more impact, and greater personal satisfaction with your work.

Louder Than Words offers a strategy for uncovering, developing, and bravely using your authentic voice to create a body of work you are proud of and that resonates deeply with others.

Want more? Download the first two chapters here.

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Chapter Summaries:

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To develop a compelling, authentic voice you must develop three elements of the “Voice Engine”: identity, vision, and mastery. In the opening chapter, you’ll learn how they work together to unleash brilliance.

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There are some specific barriers that you must navigate in order to develop your voice. The first step in conquering them is to identify them. This chapter will show you how.

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There are also specific phases everyone goes through on the journey to developing their voice. This chapter illustrates each of them, and how to ensure you’re continuing to grow rather than allowing yourself to stagnate.

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At the foundation of any compelling voice is a strong sense of identity. In this chapter, you’ll learn to distill your core tenets, write your manifesto, and weave inspirational stimuli together into compelling work.

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It’s not enough to focus on your identity. You also need to define where you are going with your work, your intended audience, and how you will resonate with them. This chapter walks you through how to define your uniqueness, and establish a compelling vision for your work.

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The final key to the Voice Engine is to master the skills you’ll need to get your work into the world. You must learn to stay in “game shape”, and develop a good sense of timing for your work in order to create impact.

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This is where the “rubber meets the road”. This chapter will help you define the daily practices that will sharpen your skills, and show you how to break away to hear your intuitive hunches more clearly.

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None of us work in a vacuum. We all depend on others in order to do great work. This chapter offers tips for leaders (of any capacity) to help them draw out the best, most compelling work from their team or collaborators.

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Developing your voice is not a “once and done” affair. It’s a lifelong process that requires focus and continued effort. In the end, the payoff is well worth it. Your authentic voice is a gift. How will you give it away to others today through your work? Answering this question is your life’s mission.

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Resources:

Find examples of great manifestos here.

Learn to implement “The Dailies” here.

Subscribe to our podcasts here.

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Louder Than Words is another remarkably powerful read from Todd Henry, one of my favorite authors, who has a unique ability to challenge our thoughts and stir us to action. His fascinating and deeply practical book is one of the best guides to living a meaningful life I have ever read.”

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“In a world where it is increasingly easy to fake the voice you think you’re supposed to have (see the parade of manicured social media accounts), Todd’s new book is a flare on the road back to honesty. If you’re tired of façades, rediscover your real voice with the wisdom inside this book.”

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“A powerful book for game changers and A players amped to achieve amazing things.”

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“Our authentic voice is the key to the jobs, clients, and creative work that fuel our lives. Todd Henry clearly and soulfully lays out the path for discovering and communicating your unique message and value to the world. This book is essential for anyone who cares about making a difference.”

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“Figuring out what you’re meant to do in this world is challenging, but Todd serves as an encouraging guide, always nudging the reader to think bigger. This is a thought-provoking book, yet still practical enough to help readers build progress toward their callings into daily life.”

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Louder Than Words is a masterpiece for anyone trying to uncover and nurture their authentic self. There’s a voice inside of you just dying to come out. It’s that voice that’s going to make you indispensable in the work that you do. Todd Henry delivers the instruction manual.”

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