Voicing Your VIP Status
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse
them with shades of deeper meaning.—Maya Angelou (American poet)
THERE ARE VOICES that, for better or worse, stick with you for a lifetime. Some voices are soothing and pleasant to the ear, while others are brassy, raspy, or nasally, striking you like nails on a chalkboard. What many candidates fail to realize is that your voice is a powerful natural instrument that paints a mural of your inner thoughts and emotions. So if your voice does not coincide with your professional image, it may very well be a contributing factor to losing out on a job opportunity.
The sound of your voice, in addition to how you use it to shape your words, particularly over the phone, where there are no other visual clues to escort it, forecasts clues about your character traits: shy, nervous, arrogant, sophisticated, intelligent, energetic, sluggish, professional, or polished. For that reason, aligning your voice and speaking style to either accentuate or camouflage the personality and physical characteristics you