Time for assessment. Ever wondered why you may have been overlooked for a promotion or leadership position? How about driving a special project and pitching it to the rest of your company?
News flash—The sound of your voice can influence people’s perception of you.
Consider these conditions:
- You call into a customer service line. You are met with an offshore accent and find it difficult to understand the speaker.
- Call a store and the operator sounds 12 years old with a whiny, high-pitched voice.
- While listening to a speaker, you become distracted by the tone of the speaker’s voice, flailing arm movements, hands in the pockets jingling change, stiff movements.
- Shallow vocabulary to drive home a point.
- Histrionic bloated —flowery, formal language designed for literary audiences not business.
- Repetition of interrupters: “um”, “like”, “you know”
- Confidence or unsureness
- Authority or bully energy
With feedback from an objective coach, you can overcome the often unconscious vocal biases of listeners who prefer a male voice. This is in your power to change!
NPR aired a study of two women who changed their voices. Listen below: