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.

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