Your Speaking Voice in 2019

Your Speaking Voice in 2019

Strange things are happening to speakers’ voices.  As I’ve worked with public speakers on finding their best possible voice over the past two decades, those voices are changing.  (Caveat:  this is anecdotal information, but it is based on a fairly hefty sample size, so it’s at least interesting.) What’s happening?  Vocal ranges are narrowing.  Male […]

The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 2

The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 2

Every single human voice has a slightly different mix of its basic pitch, undertones and overtones.  Added together and they give each voice a distinctive quality – what musicians call the timbre of an instrument, only for the voice.  You are so good at hearing the timbre of human voices that you can identify every […]

How to Make Your Speaking Voice Sound More Intelligent

You’re standing in the wings, getting ready to go on stage to give an important speech.  If you’re like most people, you’re just a little nervous at this point.  Well, OK, maybe more than a little nervous.  Maybe you’re terrified.  And maybe you’re asking yourself, how do I sound more intelligent, confident, dominant, and attractive […]

Why Your Voice Is Important

Why Your Voice Is Important

I’ve often posted on the importance of the voice to public speaking (here, here, and here, among many), and to leadership and authority in general.  Remarkable research in the last decade (that I talked about in Power Cues, Chapter Four) reveals that the undertones of the voice are essential to the endorsement of a leader […]