The Voice of Success
Are you losing people with your voice? In a time where face-to-face meetings seem to be rare and more business is conducted via the telephone your voice could be hindering your success. On the telephone we do not have visual cues or body language to strengthen our position and message, all we have is our voice. Good vocal presentation skills can often make the difference between making a sale and making another cold-call.
Here are five tips for developing your own voice of success:
- Tone. What does the tone of your voice sound like? Does it reflect confidence, strength, and confidence? If your tone reflects boredom, whininess, disinterest or immaturity, you’re in trouble. Be honest with yourself, do you need to work on your tone? If you are unsure, then get a friend or co-worker to give you their honest opinion. Listen to what they have to say and take their criticism as constructive and can form a starting place for you to help develop a voice that will inspire confidence.
- Voice Inflection. When speaking and thinking about the key points you want to emphasis, make sure the inflections of your voice does just that. Inflection alone can change the meaning of a sentence.
- Delivery. Practice, practice, practice. The delivery of your message when training your voice is essential. Don’t be afraid to rehearse a pitch a proposal. Do this just long enough to where a good confident delivery becomes natural.
- Sound. What do you sound like? Have you ever really just listened to your own voice? Don’t be afraid to use a tape record as you train your voice. A tape recorder will allow you to hear exactly what others hear.
- Energy. The energy in your voice allows people to feel like they are in the room with you. Does your energy make them want to be in a room with you? Put it in check.
- Speed. Watch the speed at which you speak. Don’t rattle things off faster than people can follow. Take the time to think about what you need to say.
You can train your voice. Mostly it’s just a matter of becoming aware of your voice, listening to yourself and getting honest feedback from others.