Books and Games

The Credibility Code
How to Project Confidence and Competence When It Matters Most
A book with 10 demo videos — $19.95

In The Credibility Code, author Cara Hale Alter demystifies the nonverbal cues that establish credibility. Relying on 20 years of research, she outlines clear, concise “codes of conduct” for posture, gestures, vocal skills, eye contact, and more. Individually, these behaviors are easily implemented; together, they form a skill set that can transform your career. Among the insights in these pages:
The Credibility Code
  • how literally keeping a level head empowers you
  • why the “gesture box” is the place to be
  • how to speak with optimal volume (or risk being merely adequate)
  • what the rules for eye contact are, and why duration matters
  • what the classic “tells” of nervousness and intimidation include—and how to overcome them
  • how speech fillers, self-commenting, “up talk,” and other common habits can derail one’s image
  • how to balance authority and approachability
The Credibility Code brings its eye-opening observations right off the page and shows you how to make the credibility-enhancing behaviors part of your everyday life, by including
  • online access to short demonstration videos for each chapter
  • real-world examples and exercises
  • self-assessment tools for identifying your strengths and weaknesses.
For professionals at every level, The Credibility Code provides a step-by-step methodology for developing your best image!

SpeechSkills SoundBites cards
Boxed set of 360 impromptu-speaking topics — $149.95

This creative pack of speaking prompts gives you a practice session in a box. Designed to combine fun with skill building, SoundBites cards are perfect for a lunchtime practice scrimmage or as an icebreaker for your next team meeting.
SoundBites Cards
The 12 different types of games (four color-coded sets, each with three unique games) allow you to test your skills with a variety of communication tasks from storytelling, to giving difficult feedback, to simplifying a complex idea. The cards can be shuffled together to provide a random deck of prompts, or they can be separated by color set to pinpoint a specific communication process. Players typically have 30 to 60 seconds to complete the communication task. You can raise the level of difficulty by focusing on key skills, such as volume, posture, or eye contact.
“Straight Talk” (blue) cards focus on delivering information in simple, concise language. Examples:
  • Give easy-to-follow instructions on how to scramble an egg.
  • Explain the meaning of “Caught between a rock and a hard place.”
  • Explain in terms a six-year-old would understand why a ball rolls downhill.

“Personal File” (green) cards focus on sharing stories or personal points of view. Examples:
  • Share a memory about a time you couldn’t stop laughing.
  • Describe how your life might change if you could read a book just by holding it.
  • Name three modern inventions you don’t want to live without, and why.

“Justification” (purple) cards require the speaker to construct a creative argument. Examples:
  • Provide a convincing definition for the gibberish word smuftish.
  • Give a compelling argument that a sunrise is (roll a die to choose the adjective) 1) hostile, 2) joyful, 3) predictable, 4) hard working, 5) expensive, 6) visionary.
  • Offer a compelling pitch to sell swim goggles to (roll a die to choose customer) 1) a prison guard, 2) a nun, 3) a circus clown, 4) a stockbroker, 5) a dog trainer, 6) a hypnotist.

“Grace Under Pressure” (orange) cards focus on finding the perfect words in challenging situations. Examples:
  • Deliver a motivational speech to a nest of baby birds on the eve of their first flight.
  • Give tactful feedback to your very attractive date who continues to call you “Kerry” even though your name is Kelly.
  • Use your powers of persuasion to convince someone in the room to provide you with a wake up call every morning for the next week.

What People Are Saying

"The Credibility Code is the real deal. Cara Hale Alter delivers what many promise but few even understand. In a short well-crafted text, she demystifies the nonverbal cues that establish credibility."
—Patricia Ryan Madson
Author of Improv Wisdom
"As a professional, I find this book, hands down, the most immediately and easily useful book I have ever read. It is 160 pages of high impact, gold ladened pearls . . ."
—Cecelia Wong
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