The Book That Changed Altovise Pelzer’s Life

With over ten years of writing, Altovise uses her platforms to create opportunities for women to have their voices heard. Founder of the World Voice League, she educates and empowers through courses, a weekly accountability call, blogging, books, and the #SpeakEasy Podcast.

What book changed your life?

Back in 2016, I read the book “Year of YES” by Shonda Rhimes. At the time Shonda was doing some powerful things to change the status quo in film and television. She was doing it but she did NOT fit into the typical boxes in the film and television industries.

How did this book impact your life?

As an introvert, I have always had a powerful vision but I did not have the desire to be the face of a movement. I would much rather help other people and stay behind the scenes much like Shonda Rhimes. Personally, when I have found an area in my life where I want to grow I go into a mode. That mode is one of education and execution, which led me to be able to author/coauthor 18 books, launch the #SpeakEasy Podcast, and create a community for women in business.

Saying to please other people was what I was doing but I had to make the shift to say yes to achieving my goals. The biggest takeaway for me meant taking a long hard look at why I was fearful of saying “no”. I am relationship driven and I didn’t want to disappoint but I was disappointing myself.

What lesson did you take from this book?

I’m big on action and so there were three actions that I started to do after reading “Year of Yes”.

No is a complete statement and does not require an explanation
Time is valuable but if I don’t put a value on my time someone else will (Read that one again!)
My children deserve a mother that is present in the moment

How can people get in touch with you?

Come join the conversation by going bit.ly/worldvoicecommunity

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