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A person's vocal quality conveys a message that is independent of the words
spoken. Every sentence you speak is uttered with sounds that say as much or more
than the words themselves. The best example is the word, "Oh." It has absolutely
no meaning without the voice inflection accompanying it. Think about it.
Depending on how you say it, "Oh" can convey surprise, understanding, cynicism,
doubt, anticipation, disappointment, or fear. Being aware of the emotion behind
your voice will allow you to communicate precisely what you intend to say.
It is easy for doubt, fear, boredom, or fatigue to color what you are saying to
others. If you are aware of your vocal quality, you can instead convey the
enthusiasm, confidence and sincerity. Be aware of your voice and keep in mind
the following points:
A strong, full voice projects confidence.
Speaking clearly and distinctly conveys intelligence.
A higher pitch and volume and faster rate of speaking convey enthusiasm.
Vocal changes can add emphasis by drawing attention to the important parts
of your message. If you slow down and lower your volume when you say something
important, your message will sink in.
Avoiding monotonous speech by varying your vocal qualities will keep the
listener interested and make you more interesting.
Let your voice ebb and flow naturally. Be relaxed.
Otherwise you will appear artificial and uncomfortable.
Stay tuned to your other's vocal qualities. You can infer the hidden
messages in their speech.
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