Naked Reader Book Club Discussion: The Power of WOW A Guide to Unleashing the Confident, Sexy You by Lori Bryant-Woolridge (November 8, 8-10 PM EST)

NuMe NuMe
Welcome to the Naked Reader Book Club! The amazing Sacchi Green will be our host this evening. Tonight we're discussing a book that will help us to become "the sexy, empowered women we are meant to be!" This is going to be great!

The Power of WOW A Guide to Unleashing the Confident, Sexy You
by Lori Bryant-Woolridge

Become the Woman You Were Meant To Be

Woman are told that if we just have confidence, our lives will change and the world will be ours. But how do we go about developing that feminine confidence, that WOW that allows us to be the sexy, empowered women we are meant to be? Whether we’ve reached a certain age and feel invisible or are consumed with the demands of work and family, the fact is that millions of women are longing to get their sexy back. The Power of WOW: A Guide to Unleashing the Confident, Sexy You, by Lori Bryant-Woolridge, is the first confidence-building primer that breaks down that elusive WOW factor—and then gives us proven tools and techniques to elevate our esteem and maximize our sensuality.

Whether you've read the book or not, everyone is welcome to join the Naked Reader Book Club discussion! If you have had a chance to read The Power of WOW, feel free to drop in and give us your opinion on this book.
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~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by NuMe
Welcome to the Naked Reader Book Club! The amazing Sacchi Green will be our host this evening. Tonight we're discussing a book that will help us to become "the sexy, empowered women we are meant to be!" This is going to be ... More
This book looks awesome!
11/02/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I won't be able to make the meeting, but I look forward to reading it. I think I should get it in on Thursday and can't wait.
11/02/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
I want to add this to my next order because it looks awesome! Never gone to a book club meeting before, but I might have to take part in this one!
11/02/2011
Sacchi Sacchi
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
This book looks awesome!
Liz, aren't we also doing Rachel Kramer Bussel's Women in Lust? I've already got contributor's statements lined up, so if the schedule has changed, I need to let them know.
11/02/2011
Lavender420 Lavender420
thanks
11/02/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by NuMe
Welcome to the Naked Reader Book Club! The amazing Sacchi Green will be our host this evening. Tonight we're discussing a book that will help us to become "the sexy, empowered women we are meant to be!" This is going to be ... More
I think this is due in my mailbox tomorrow
11/02/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
Yay can't wait!
11/04/2011
True Pleasures True Pleasures
This definitely sounds like a book I need to add to my wish list. Too bad I won't be able to get it and read it before the meeting... Is it okay if I still pop in?
11/06/2011
NuMe NuMe
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Originally posted by True Pleasures
This definitely sounds like a book I need to add to my wish list. Too bad I won't be able to get it and read it before the meeting... Is it okay if I still pop in?
Absolulely! You don't have to read the books to join the discussion.
11/07/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
I'm stoked!
11/07/2011
Antipova Antipova
I'll be just skidding in after work, so I might not be here for the starting bell, but I will be here!
11/08/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I will be here!
11/08/2011
Sacchi Sacchi
Here's Lori's introduction to the book, to get your questions and comments (or anything else) flowing. Lori will try to be with us, but can't be sure.


introduction: 9 Weeks to WoW
“I want to be less self-conscious and more comfortable in my own skin.”
“After finding out about his affair, my self-esteem has been shattered. I want my sexy back, not for him, but for me.”
“I wish I could be more aggressive when it comes to sex, but I don’t want to seem loose.”
“At forty-two, I want to truly enjoy sex with my mate.”
“Between kids and work, I don’t have the time or energy to be sexy.”
“I want to feel sexy and confident in all aspects of my life, not just the bedroom.”
“I seem to be projecting the wrong something, because I’m still manless.”
“I’m tired of being alone.”xiv

Sound all too familiar? Kind of like the conversations you and your girlfriends have been having for years? Since you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re feeling somewhat lacking in the sensuality/sex/romance departments of your life and you’re looking for a remedy.
Well, happily, you’re in the right place. And kudos to you for even picking up this book, because admitting to yourself that you’re not on top of your game in the womanly wiles department takes courage. I’m mean, we’re supposed to know all this stuff, right? How to be sensual and alluring and dynamite in and out of bed.
Like her.
You know who I’m talking about. Ms. Thing. You’re sitting in a bar minding your own business, thinking you’re looking cute and hoping someone else is going to think so too. And then here she comes. She sashays confidently into the room oblivious to the fact that all eyes, including yours, are on her. She’s wearing the perfect little black dress (the one you’ve been searching for but always see on some other woman) and strutting over to the bar in a way that makes every body part sway with come-hither appeal. It’s a walk that brings men to her side and sends women into private places to practice. You feel both jealousy and admiration toward this diva. Talk about paling by comparison. Suddenly, you don’t feel so cute. And of course, she sits down right next to you and instead of ordering the cocktail du jour like every other girl in the room asks for some drink you’ve never heard of.

On closer inspection, you see that she’s more striking than beautiful. More sensuous than sexy. Of course, within minutes, some Chris Rock-looking guy is elbowing you out of the way to get to her. You watch her handle the admirer, graciously accepting his compliments with a “you’re-so- sweet-but-this-is-neve r-going-to-happen” smile and sending him back to his friends thinking he’s Denzel Washington. You realize then that the key to her irresistible charm is confidence. This is a woman who is totally at ease with herself. A woman to study and emulate, not envy.

She has the power. That indefinable “wow” that seems to inhabit a lucky few and evade the rest of us. But you want it too. But where did she get it? And where do you start?

The truth is, most of us don’t know what we’re doing, and from the beginning our sex lives have been “Pretend until you win” propositions. Think about it: Who taught you to be a healthy, sensual, confident sexual being? Who showed you how to feel good in your own body today, in the here and now, not tomorrow, when you’ve lost 10 pounds or the promises made by your cellulite cream are kept? If you’re like the majority of American women, regardless of age, race, religion, or marital status, the answer is no one. And yet, do you know any woman who at one time or another didn’t wish she was sexier? Or felt more confident in her ability to attract and entice a lover? Or had the courage to match her sensual thoughts with sexual actions?

Society has done a pretty good job teaching women how to be good at what we do. We’re busy college students, power players with demanding careers and families, working or stay- at-home mothers with terrific (and demanding) tots. Depart- ment managers or soccer moms, we’re trained to be super at our jobs. But forget the job, what about the woman?

See, nobody teaches us how to be good at who we are. In fact, rather than teach us, they seem to go out of their way to confuse us—particularly when it comes to the essence of our sensual, sexual selves. It’s as if they said, “We’ll give you all the education and training you need to be an amazing [fill in your job position], but when it comes to being an interesting, courageous, passionate woman, you’re on your own.”

The fact is that millions of women in this country, no matter how varied their wants and needs, are itching to get their sexy back. Not a month goes by when there isn’t some magazine or Internet article or television segment focused on the topic of how to be more sexy and alluring. And the great majority of women (including nearly all the women I coach) seem to have a common desire: to shed their good-girl ways and add a little naughty to their nice.

It’s true. Most of us were taught to be good girls. But even then, we were only told what good girls don’t do, which made the list of what good girls do mighty short, and the list of things we were curious about and wanted to do extremely forbidding.

And so here you stand, wondering why your inner needs don’t match your outer persona. Why your secret desires are in opposition to your cultural or religious upbringing. Why you’re dying to change but have no idea where to begin.

Just where does one go to learn how to be a confident, lovely, and lusty lady?
Welcome to Stiletto U, a virtual university dedicated to teaching you how to unleash the confident, sensual you. Through our comprehensive, user-friendly, nine-week program focused on the power and pleasure of sensuous living, every woman can learn to be a healthy, sensual, charming, sexual being without the approval or validation of anyone other than herself.

Why Stiletto U? Because as a little girl, what’s the first
thing you did to emulate a woman? Put your precious little feet into Mommy’s high heels. High heels, particularly stilettos, have always been a metaphor for a woman’s feminine power, sensuality, and sexuality.

But what if your chosen footwear is flats, and heels are reserved only for special occasions, if ever? Fear not, these lessons are for you too—it’s the grown-up and sexy stiletto mentality that we’re trying to impart. The idea that no matter your body shape, weight class, bra size, hair color, or heel height, you are always ready to walk tall, strut your stuff, and announce to the world that sexy has just entered the building!

You’ve gone long enough settling for living vicariously through the romantic escapades of Hollywood starlets and romance novel characters. It’s time to make your fantasy life a reality. So just click those fabulous heels three times—and away we go to unearth and unleash the confident, sensual power of WOW in you.
Lori
11/08/2011
Lori Bryant Woolridge Lori Bryant Woolridge
Hi Everybody!

I'm so looking forward to speaking to all of you this evening. I'll be signing on at about 8:30 PM. Chat soon!
11/08/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I haven't completed the book yet, but I love what I've read so far. I never realized to come up with a signature scent, style, song etc. Sorry I won't be here tonight for the meeting.
11/08/2011
Antipova Antipova
I'm on chapter 6, and I'm really hoping I can make it through the rest before the meeting. I'm usually skeptical of self-help books, but Lori's has done a really good job of actually offering concrete steps to take, and even though some of it I've been tickled to say "Oh great! I already do that!"---there have been a lot of take-home-and-apply bits of information I've found so far.

Much more concrete and actionable than the average "how to be confident" book.

Anyway, better put my nose back in it!
11/08/2011
Lori Bryant Woolridge Lori Bryant Woolridge
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Originally posted by unfulfilled
I haven't completed the book yet, but I love what I've read so far. I never realized to come up with a signature scent, style, song etc. Sorry I won't be here tonight for the meeting.
Hi. I'm glad you're enjoying the book! If you have questions, please join me on Stilettou.com on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 8-9:30 PM EST for my office hours. There you can ask questions and chat about anything from the book or your life. All you have to do is log on to stilettou.com, click the chat icon on the upper right hand corner and then sign in!
11/08/2011
Antipova Antipova
Only made it to Chapter 9... Dinner was distracting
11/08/2011
NuMe NuMe
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Originally posted by Sacchi
Here's Lori's introduction to the book, to get your questions and comments (or anything else) flowing. Lori will try to be with us, but can't be sure.


introduction: 9 Weeks to WoW
“I want to be less self-conscious and more ... More
That's awesome! Thank you for all of that!
11/08/2011
NuMe NuMe
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Originally posted by Lori Bryant Woolridge
Hi Everybody!

I'm so looking forward to speaking to all of you this evening. I'll be signing on at about 8:30 PM. Chat soon!
Hello! We're looking forward to you joining us. Thank you!
11/08/2011
Brusselsbrat Brusselsbrat
How do we join the meeting? Is it here?
11/08/2011
LoveDove LoveDove
Hi! Is this how we join the meeting/club? I'm so excited!
11/08/2011
Sacchi Sacchi
Yes, this is the place, and you're already in onit. Welcome Brusselsprat (sounds tasty) and Love Dove! It's great to have first-timers here.
11/08/2011
NuMe NuMe
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Originally posted by Brusselsbrat
How do we join the meeting? Is it here?
Yes it is. Welcome!
11/08/2011
Antipova Antipova
Hi Brusselsbrat and LoveDove---you're here! Once some more people show up, just use your f5 key, or ctrl+r, to reload the page to read the latest posts
11/08/2011
Sacchi Sacchi
Hi, Antipova! Cooking distracting meals is probably part of the WoW process.
11/08/2011
NuMe NuMe
Welcome to the Naked Reader Book Club meeting everyone! I'm so glad you could join us!!!

If you're new here, we would like to give you as a special welcome, a copy of the book we're discussing OR a copy of Women in Lust.

Just email me your book choice to Liz @ Edenfantasys.com

Hope you enjoy the meeting tonight.
11/08/2011
Discreet Lover Discreet Lover
Hi everybody
11/08/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Sacchi
Hi, Antipova! Cooking distracting meals is probably part of the WoW process.
Delicious and fully sensually appreciated, that's my cooking all over! (Well, it sure is experimental, anyway. It's not always delicious on the first try )
11/08/2011
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