Book Review: Successful Women Speak Differently by Valorie Burton

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While mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, I noticed a post from a friend that urged her friends to read Successful Women Speak Differently: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence. Always a sucker for a book recommendation, I switched to my phone’s Kindle app and one-clicked.

I’m glad I did.

Seeing this book reminded me of Burtin’s other book, Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient. I read it again and then delved into this one.

Successful Women Speak Differently

Speak Differently is a book with two main parts:
  • Part 1: Think Differently So You Can Speak Differently
  • Part 2: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence

Burton, a life strategist, encourages women to stop underestimating themselves and offers practical advice in nine well-researched habits that can help women achieve success if implemented. According to her, “success is a harmony of purpose, resilience, and joy.”

Achieving this balance requires you to think differently so you can speak differently. Burton places the seeds of success in how well one communicates. Her position doesn’t surprise me because she ran a public relations firm before becoming a life coach and author.

In addition to presenting ideas and concepts supported by secular research, Burton seamlessly and unobtrusively sprinkles spiritual insight into the advice she offers. It’s impressive. Combining sound Biblical principles with secular concepts takes finesse and discernment.  She pulls it off without coming across as preachy.

If I’m honest with myself–and with you–I must admit that the advice offered is information we already know. That shouldn’t detour you from purchasing the book, though. Although these nine habits are innately known, Burton writes in a way that insights aha moments and action. The self-coaching prompts are extra motivating and thought-provoking.

I had to up my game in every area, but the last habit is where I need the most work: Show Up. You’ll have to buy and read the book to find out what that means.

Seriously, buy Successful Women Speak Differently: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence. Better yet, purchase a copy for you and a few friends and then host a discussion. You’ll be amazed at how your circle of friends can help you on your journey.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

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