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Samara  Bay

Samara Bay

Author, Permission to Speak, Sought-After Speech Coach, Podcast Host & Thought Leader

Biography

“The world needs diverse voices speaking up and getting heard. The times demand it.” – Samara Bay

Samara Bay is a sought-after thought leader and speech coach on a mission to change how power sounds. Her clients include C-suite execs and public figures, moms returning to work, students who want to make a difference, healthcare providers, diplomats, academics and celebrities. Behind the scenes, she helps leaders and rising leaders on the cusp of something big—who need to speak with confidence and joy in a voice they recognize as their own to truly make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Read More >

Samara stands for a new sound of power— because what it has traditionally sounded like isn’t working for us. And fortunately, it doesn’t have to. In her keynotes and workshops, Samara offers wildly practical tips, moving and inspiring tales and a massive dollop of permission to find your power, out loud. The goal: a voice that's specific not generic, brave not safe, joyful not self-serious, varied not squeezed into one boring note and diverse in all the ways. So, you move the room and get what you want—the gig, the raise, the respect and “the yes.” The future that is calling to you. A timely talk that meets the crises of this moment with joy, science-based strategy and contagious courage.

In her debut book Permission to Speak (Crown, Penguin Random House), which is available in 15 countries, Samara also shares her tried-and-true tools, engaging stories and this provocation: When we change what power sounds like, we change who has it. Her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s Know Your Value, the Tamron Hall Show, Netflix is a Joke, Slate and Jezebel. She also hosted the popular Permission to Speak podcast.

Samara has partnered with Moveon.org, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and Microsoft and runs workshops for corporations, women’s organizations, foundations, universities and high schools. In Hollywood, she’s been hired by everyone from Marvel to Netflix to help movie stars integrate good acting with good accents. TV and film clients include Gal Gadot, Pierce Brosnan, Penélope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Rachel McAdams, Terry Crews, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ruth Negga and Rosie O'Donnell.

She has a B.A. in English from Princeton and an M.F.A. in acting from Brown. She received media training from Al Gore’s climate team, improv training from UCB and speech training from world-renowned teachers at Juilliard, the Royal Shakespeare Company, ACT, the Public Theater and Yale. She sits on the advisory boards of Young Entertainment Activists (YEA!), DemocraShe and the world’s first community-led accent app, Spikizi. She lives on the east side of Los Angeles, with her husband, son and dog, Moxie.

Samara will help you use your voice and change what power sounds like—starting with you. She speaks on public speaking, from the very small scale (how to improve communication when there are power dynamics and bias at play) to the very large scale (a paradigm shift in how to approach pitches, presentations and leadership in public). Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Permission to Speak: How to Change What Power Sounds Like Starting With You

Everyone says, "Find your voice." But we don't talk nearly enough about why these voices of ours went missing to begin with. The truth is, there are old, outdated voice standards—just like beauty standards—that hold us hostage and keep us chasing a sound of power we'll never attain. Voice biases trick us into thinking how we speak is wrong. Fortunately, it no longer has to be true. With lots of warmth, actionable tools and an eye toward justice, Samara Bay shows you how to change the story and claim a new sound of power for a revolution in how to think about your voice and everyone else's. Drawing from her new book Permission to Speak, Samara gives you the tool kit for making that change. Samara customizes her content for specific audiences, including: Read More >

Businesses and Organizations: Study after study has shown that companies that are truly diversified, equitable and inclusive are the ones that will win in the future. And yet, for many of these organizations that have successfully instituted anti-discrimination policies, voice bias is still at play. In this presentation, you will learn how to:

  • Recognize voice bias and how it affects you, your organization’s culture and your team.
  • Strike the right balance of strength and warmth to land your message, despite biases.
  • Get your voice, mind and spirit ready by learning what to do before a high-stakes scenario.
  • Speak with confidence in a voice you recognize as yours.
  • Start changing what power sounds like.

Leaders and Future Leaders: There are two parts to any communication: what we say and how we say it. For those who don’t look or sound like the traditional standard of power and authority, how we deliver the ideas we want to share is tricky and tough to decode. But we sure know what happens when it all goes wrong … and it’s not good. In this presentation, you will learn how to:

  • Strike the right balance of strength and warmth to land your message.
  • Get your voice, mind and spirit ready by learning what to do before a high-stakes scenario.
  • Speak with confidence in a voice you recognize as yours.
  • Start changing what power sounds like.

Healthcare: Despite all the incredible advancements in medicine, many patients and medical staff still struggle to be heard. Voice bias is real throughout the medical profession--and that can play into patient care, outcomes and health equity, as well as the retention of talent. And yet, many physicians and medical professionals don’t recognize communication issues or biases at all. Using easy-to-use tools and exercises, Samara will show you how to:

  • Recognize voice bias and how it affects you, your organization’s culture, your patients and your team.
  • Strike the right balance of strength and warmth to land your message.
  • Get your voice, mind and spirit ready by learning what to do before a high-stakes scenario.
  • Speak with confidence in a voice you recognize as yours.

High School and College Students: Learn how to use your voice to connect to a better future and get what you want. You will learn how to:

  • Speak with confidence in a voice you recognize as yours.
  • Start changing what power sounds like by calling out the old, outdated stories we’re ready to re-write around who the public was made for.
  • Understand the connection between how we talk and how we get treated … and what to do about it.
  • Strike the right balance of strength and warmth to land your message.

Education: Whether you’re an educator, in administration or on a school board, it can sometimes still be a struggle to get heard. Samara will help you change all of that. You’ll learn how to: Read Less ^

  • Strike the right balance of strength and warmth to land your message.
  • Connect with your students, parents or staff.
  • Speak with confidence in a voice you recognize as yours.
  • Use your voice to get what you want.

A New Way to Think About Public Speaking

Is it possible to enjoy public speaking: to love your voice and trust you’ll get heard? Can you really show ALL the way up with your ideas and your heart? Samara offers best-of takeaways from her debut big idea book Permission to Speak, a personal and cultural reckoning with what speaking in public is and what it can be. Read More >

You will learn how to: Read Less ^

  • Strike the right balance of strength and warmth to land your message.
  • Speak with confidence in a voice you recognize as yours.
  • Get your voice, mind and spirit ready by learning what to do before a high-stakes scenario.