When someone identify a tone of voice, they’re also identifying a personality. They start to form an image of a person based on the tone of voice you present. By communicating in the right way, others feel like they’re getting to know the person, bringing with it a sense of trust and familiarity. Communication is the act of transferring information from one place to another. Although this is a simple definition, when we think about how we may use our voice to communicate better, there are many things to consider.
Developing a consistent tone of voice across all of your connections, including all social media channels, makes you seem genuine. That familiarity is comforting, as others know what to expect from you based on the tone of voice you present. Effective voice communication involves minimising potential misunderstanding, and overcoming any barriers to communication at each stage in the communication process.
Communicating with anger, passion, or no excitement can completely impact how people interpret you. If you feel like your tone of voice sometimes shows your anxiety, discomfort or anger or if you aren’t getting the results you’d like out of your communication exchanges, it could be that your emotions are interfering in your tone of voice, and betraying your innate desire to be respected and taken seriously. In this case, it helps to think back to specific situations in your past when your words weren’t interpreted in the manner you intended, and determine whether or not your tone of voice may have contributed to these misperceptions, so you can avoid a similar situation in the future.
If voice and tone was not considered when communicating, everybody would seem like the same dull people. If you want to make a conversation more interesting, you need to remember that verbal communication also involves listening to the words of the people we are communicating with, and taking them into account.
You can use your voice to:
. Show how you are innovative and unique;
. Demonstrate your warmth, expertise, sense of humour, or any other attribute that you want to display to the person you are communicating to;
. Expressing yourself creatively: verbal communication can be the means for expressing your imagination;
. Sharing emotions: you can share emotions as well as factual information with your verbal communication skills.
Having that same consistent tone of voice over time is what will help build your personal style, and make it likeable. There are many types of tone of voice, so you need to choose one that reflects your genuine values. When you begin to learn about voice communication, you’ll find that we communicate with much more than our words. Our words are only part of the message. The balance of the message, and in fact, the largest part of the message that we are sending to others when talking is made up of our tone of voice. The tone of voice we use is responsible for about 40 percent of the message we are sending. Tone involves the volume you use, the level and type of emotion that you communicate, and the emphasis that you place on the words that you choose. You also might be surprised to know that your own thoughts are a type of verbal communication. Even when alone, you send and receive messages, juggling the positions of sender and recipient. Remember that often the best ideas come when you are driving, gardening, walking the dog perhaps because you give yourself the time and space to let your thoughts run wild, so when communicating verbally focus on giving yourself time to listen and absorb what the other people are telling you before you speak.
An effective voice communicator understands their audience, chooses an appropriate communication channel, and deliver the message in a way to reduce misunderstanding by the receiver. Although difficulties with verbal communication can’t be completely avoided, it is possible to increase your chances of communicating successfully if you communicate your message with respect for the recipient’s point of view. If possible, seek out feedback from the receiver, check how the message was understood and attempt to correct any misunderstanding or confusion as soon as possible.
Your success in the communication process depends on the connection you make with the person receiving the message. Keep in mind that you don’t always need to be confident. The most important thing about verbal communication is to sound confident. The more you practice, the more confident you become. With time, your confidence shines through, and you can learn how to speak clearly and enunciate your words in a powerful way, just by paying attention to what you say, and most importantly, how you say it.