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Why Won’t You Let Me Speak?: Topical New Book Teaches Women to ‘Grab the Mic’ at Work and in Life Sara Harling, ‘Why Won’t You Let Me Speak?’ Is sure to resonate with women (and men) all over the world. The book is a must-read for anyone who struggles with feelings of alienation and frustration, wondering if they’re just not loud enough at work or home. Harling outlines why women are often interrupted, and provides practical advice to have readers feeling confident in every aspect of their lives.

A recent study by George Washington University found that men interrupted women 33 percent more often during conversations than they did when they were speaking with other men. Supreme Court Justices aren’t even safe from this alarming trend - another study found that over the past twelve years in the United States Supreme Court, 32 percent of all interruptions were male justices speaking over their female counterparts. It’s a phenomena that author Sara Harling knows well, and it forms the basis of her new book, ‘Why Won’t You Let Me Speak?’

Concise, compelling and practical, ’Why Won’t You Let Me Speak?’ is a handbook for every woman in today’s workplace - full of the skills that women need to survive, and guidance on how to speak up and be heard.


“Why won’t you let me speak?”

Does this feel like you - constantly being interrupted at work? Sat in a room with people and wanting to talk, but for some reason, you can’t get a word in edgeways? Have you ever felt that way? You’re in a meeting and as you’re talking, someone else starts to talk over you, interrupts you and takes over the conversation. Ouch! Do you spend time overthinking and wondering why this keeps happening again and again? Do you feel like no one is listening and you can’t be heard?

Then stop!

This book will give you tools and skills to help improve your communication skills and boost your confidence in any situation. You will find out why this keeps happening to you and how to change things quickly and easily. You will be able to contribute to that meeting, build your self-esteem and confidence and handle any situation you may face at work, or indeed, in your personal life.

Take back control over your work, your career and even your relationships with family and friends and get the life and career you deserve.

It’s time for Direct Talk.

“What’s interesting is that men are reading the book in droves,” says Harling. “I think in this #MeToo era, men do feel more of a responsibility to really listen to their colleagues and friends - more so than they may have felt in the past. They’re interested in shutting down problematic behaviours from colleagues, and giving women the chance to shine.”

Continuing, “I think women internalize this idea that ‘no one likes a strong woman’ - it’s just not true. Speaking up and having your voice heard isn’t something that only men get to enjoy - women can do it too, and I promise - it will change every facet of your life!”

Reviews have touted the “eye-opening” nature of the book, with readers giving it an enthusiastic five stars on Amazon.

“Full of great tips to ensure you will be heard and also be confident. Don’t be afraid of putting your point across in meetings. Read this book. It makes you realise your voice can be heard and that your points are valid,” wrote Sharan Madeley.

S Hitchings agreed, writing, “A very honest account of communication and confidence, it made me stop and think many times! It’s condensed enough not to put off reading until you have time, which makes it an excellent reference tool as you can reread and reflect easily. Really is a very helpful and insightful tool, would highly recommend.”

‘Why Won’t You Let Me Speak?’ Is available now:

About the Author:

Sara has spent most of her career in executive management within the food and manufacturing industry, She has worked from Sales Representative to Managing Director, Chairman to Consultant. Sara was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship to research changes in globalisation for the food industry and was the Royal Warrant holder for services to HM the Queen. She has also studied to be a personal and business coach specialising in areas of communication, stress and strategic management, Sara is also a non-executive director.

Sara's passion now is to teach, coach and inspire every single woman to realise that they have everything they need inside of them to live the lives that they want and have the career they deserve.