EPIC Thought of The Day – The Power of Vocal Inflections
Several weeks ago I had the wonderful pleasure of sitting in a café here in Auckland… I love the café culture in Auckland, we have some amazing cafes. I was sitting with a colleague and we were talking about our respective businesses.
I noticed he had developed a ‘communication habit’ where he would make a powerful statement but he would raise his voice towards the end of it, where his voice used an upward voice inflection.
This confused me.
The statement he was making was powerful, positive… not a question. Yet the way he said it made it sound like he was asking… not stating.
So, I mentioned this to him and I asked if he knew he was doing it? I told him, “It sounds like you are seeking approval to the point you’re making instead of telling me your point with authority.”
He subconsciously wanted me to approve of what he was saying… wanting to me to like it, to send him feedback that I agreed with him. So, he sent me that message with his voice… by using upward voice inflection.
Many of us give our business presentations like this. We engage with our team, our employees and even our clients… and we send them a question instead of a strong statement with the inflection of our voice.
Maybe we are standing in front of an audience, presenting our credentials, and we think we are making a statement but we are asking a question… because of the way we are using our voice.
So, here’s a challenge for you today.
The next time you are connecting with an audience, here’s what I want you to do, take notice of your inflections. What’s your vocal image like? How fast are you talking?
How much emphasis are you putting on using pauses correctly… creating value by pausing before and after you make powerful, meaningful statement or ideas.
EPIC Presenters make the words come alive with the right inflections and great use of pauses and emphasis. When you take the time to learn how to talk like an EPIC Present, then you will start to become one!
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