Originally published on theodysseyonline.com
When speaking to people effectively, great leaders choose their words wisely. However, new research from Cardiff University adds to the idea that vocal tone is just as crucial as the words spoken with it.
Ryan Rock, Ankeny, Iowa based entrepreneur, has sacrificed his whole life for the betterment of others. Proud to have served his country, Rock knows what it takes to lead a team victoriously to an end goal. His company, Empire AG, LLC, is prepared to guide any client through their project, new or pre-existing. Through all his experience and time spent leading others, proactive communication is what Rock accredits his leadership skills. He further discusses theories as to why the researchers got the results they did, then extrapolates the findings to the office setting.
Tone Shows Truth
The tone of voice a person delivers when communicating can reveal something more profound than words. Tone exemplifies the real feelings behind one's words and can fill in the gaps where words cannot. It is the sound pitch of voice that others respond to over words.
Sometimes, we as humans have a difficult time understanding or even catching what affects our tone of voice when speaking. Many individuals have a difficult time identifying personal feelings, too. There are often tensions and attitudes bubbling in the back of our heads that our present self is unaware of at that time up until these negative feelings influence our tone. If you are a manager or executive in the workplace, think twice when employees react negatively to something you say to them- it might have everything to do with your tone.
Tone Shows Presence
When thinking about how your voice sounds to others that you are leading, remember that positive and encouraging tones that divulge moments of inspiration, excitement, respect, and acceptance are the kinds of levels willing ears are more likely to hear and follow. Allow the potential of your presence to speak through your tone, and you will find it easier to work with others and vise versa. Employees will react more positively when the sound of your voice feels more like a reward system.
Just like a presentation or speech, practicing your tone of voice is vital for developing essential leadership skills. How do you practice your tone? Start by recording yourself. Recording your voice is necessary to hear your authentic sound. A human perceives the sound of his or her natural-born voice differently than other people's. That is because humans listen to the way they talk from inside the resonant cavity of our skulls. That is why our voices sound more comforting when we speak than when we are listening through a recording.
Though your voice might sound strange when recorded, you need it to help practice and change your tone. Choose a medium-sized paragraph about a topic that aligns with one of your passions. Familiarize yourself with the text, and then record yourself reading it as if speaking to someone. Play it back and write down what you did or did not like about your voice. Be sure to delete what you have recorded after taking notes, and then record yourself rereading the same paragraph, but this time with a smile. You will notice a difference in your voice that will help you identify whether facial expressions help or hurt your tone.
About Ryan Rock
Ryan Rock, Ankeny local, reflects strong skills in leadership, hard work, organization, and productivity. His company, Empire AG, LLC, employs a highly skilled team that will listen to their clients' needs and create a custom solution to meet them. This quality-service company is ready to lead any customer through all phases of a new or presently active project.