Science tells us that we notice specific things when we first meet somebody:
1) How they look
2) How they sound
I’m going to deal with the second one in this blog.
- Remember that a voice will affect an audience emotionally so it is important that you connect with your words from the start.
- Begin with a smile on your face to give the tone warmth.
- Have control of your pace so that what you are saying can be easily processed.
- Speak clearly to be understood. This just involves completing your words but habits die hard – so practice.
- If you have an accent, (UK or foreign) allow people extra time to ‘translate’.
- Volume should be appropriate. Do you breathe properly and open your mouth enough?
Remember that pauses make it easier for information to be processed so don’t underestimate their importance.
- If you habitually speak quickly you probably don’t use pauses enough.
- Do you engage someone with the modulation of your voice?
- Right from your first word show your feelings in the movement of your voice.
- Pitch is the element of modulation we notice first. Does yours sit in an appropriate place?
- Generally the lower pitches, (in men and women), indicate confidence, maturity and gravitas. Higher pitches show enthusiasm and energy but can also sound young and (in a female), lack leadership.
- If you care about how you are affecting the listener your tone colour will sound natural to them.
- Let your concentration lapse and you will sound insincere.
I hope that whistle-stop tour of basic oral communication skills helps you to influence others positively.
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Published Date: 2nd April 2013