Vocal Variety: 3 Tips

It’s undeniable that the way your voice sounds has a lot to do with how you come across.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, people who hear recordings of rough, weak, or strained voices tend to label the speakers as negative, weak or tense. While people with strong voices are described as successful, sociable and smart.

Whether you’re speaking one-on-one, in a meeting or presenting on the big stage, here are 3 tips to help boost connection and credibility with your voice:

Changing your vocal habits is hard—but the good news is, you can change them!

Whip out your smartphone and use an app like Voice Memos to record your next pitch. Then, self-diagnose. Did you vary the pitch? Do you sound energized? Are you remembering to pause?

Blending connection and credibility through your voice is magnetizing. The more you give, the better others will perceive you as a leader.

The Price of Connection

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Public Apology 101

Mistakes happen. We get it. We hope they don’t, but when they do, leaders need to know how to react effectively. The problem is, so often public apologies get botched. Every year we hear about them. More than a few (like this, and this, and this) have landed on our … Continue reading

Stinkin’ Thinkin’: Change Our Communication Perceptions

Jerry Seinfeld once famously said, “If you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than giving the eulogy.” Although meant as a joke, this quote resonates with a lot of us who say we are “terrified” of communicating in front of others. Our fears are not commensurate … Continue reading

Sneeze Season: How to Present When You’re Sick

Flu season is a doozy. And it seems that the strains this year are harder than ever to kick! That means a lingering cough, nasal tone and not enough rest can really impact how you communicate in your next meeting. While it would be nice to reschedule, sometimes that’s just … Continue reading

Think Only Women Upspeak? Really?

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Presenting With Your Hands Tied

Do you ever feel like there are so many people weighing in on your slides and talking points that you’re actually presenting with your hands tied? I recently worked with a client who was asked to present to the board of its Fortune 30 company. In preparation for his presentation, … Continue reading

Moderating A Panel: 3 Tips

Being asked to moderate a panel is an honor—but no one will tell you it’s easy! If you get selected to moderate an upcoming panel, here are three tips that will help you prepare: Being the facilitator of a panel is a huge responsibility. It’s on you to create a great experience and keep … Continue reading

Speaking On A Panel: 3 Tips

So, you’ve been asked to speak on a panel—what now? Whether you like to prepare a lot (or not at all), here are three things to think about that will help ensure success at your next panel. When you’re on a panel, it should feel like a casual conversation between you … Continue reading

Pope Francis On Humility

“Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don’t, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other.” –Pope Francis, Ted Talk … Continue reading