Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Sounding the Part

Feeling and looking the part would not be complete without voice. Given that we know that 38% of communication effectiveness is governed by voice quality, improving your overall voice message delivery is worthwhile.

It’s How You Say It

We are all born with a particular tone of voice which we can learn to improve. The goal is to sound upbeat, warm, under control, and clear. Here are some tips to help you begin the process.

1. Breathe from your diaphragm.

2. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated; avoid caffeine because of its diuretic effects.

3. Posture affects breathing and also tone of voice, so be sure to stand up straight.

4. To warm up the tone of your voice, smile.

5. If you have a voice that is particularly high or low, practice speaking in a more moderate pitch. You can also sing to expand the range of your voice.

6. Record your voice and listen to the playback.

7. Enlist a colleague or family member to get feedback about the tone of your voice.

Reducing Anxiety

Often, anxiety inhibits your ability to act and sound confident when speaking. Knowing how to perform a quick relaxation exercise can help diffuse anxiety and allow you to speak more confidently.  Breathe deeply and slowly.

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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