Unless there is an obvious problem, most of us don’t give more than an occasional passing thought to how our voice sounds. However, new research on how vocal quality affects others’ perceptions may make you think twice.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discusses a study that shows that the quality of your voice has an even stronger impact on how you are perceived than the content of your message. As listeners provided feedback on speakers, it was found that their vocal quality mattered twice as much as the content of the message. The article cites another study as well, which showed that people who heard recordings of rough, weak, strained or breathy voices judged the speakers to be negative, weak, passive or tense. On the other hand, speakers with “normal” voices are seen as successful, sexy, sociable and smart.
In addition to discussing how your voice impacts your image, the article also discusses how training from a communication professional can significantly improve your vocal quality and image. Corporate Speech Solutions President and Founder, Jayne Latz, is featured in the article, discussing how her work as a corporate speech-language pathologist allows people to develop a dynamic, effective vocal quality that cultivates a strong professional image. The article also features a success story from a former Corporate Speech Solutions client whose work as a New York City financial executive was greatly improved as a result of his vocal training. Click here to read the full article: http://on.wsj.com/ZY20Fx.
If you think that your vocal quality isn’t projecting the image you want others to see, you may want to consider professional communication training. For information on the New York Based Speech and Accent Reduction services offered by Corporate Speech Solutions please Give us a call at 212-308-7725 or visit us on the web at www.corporatespeechsolutions.com.
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