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In my previous blog post I talked about the importance of one’s voice during business calls.
After all, there is precious little else for the other person to go on during a phone call, especially if he or she doesn’t know you very well or at all. And although we’d all agree that the cell phone is a brilliant, life-altering invention, many don’t yet offer the call quality of a land line.
So, if you’re making or taking business calls on a cell, which is becoming more and more common, your vocal mannerisms are something you really need to pay attention to.
Don’t kid yourself that you can break an old, ingrained habit you may have when speaking during important, make-or-break business conversations or presentations. It would truly be a shame, however, if a particular vocal bad habit is the one thing that was the deal breaker.
Were you aware that the impact your voice has on the phone accounts for 85 percent of the overall impression you make on the other person?
This is as opposed to approximately 35 percent in face-to-face communication. So, when it comes to professional development and moving up the career ladder, your voice is important!
A friend who is currently doing online dating told me, “I never like to talk to the guy on the phone before I meet him. If I don’t like the sound of his voice, I have nothing else to go on and it’s all over before it starts.” She is saying that her perception of a potential date can be ruined just by the sound of a man’s voice, and the way he speaks on the phone.
I read an intriguing article in the Huffington Post: “Male CEOs With Deep Voices More Likely To Have Market Success, Study Says.”
This really isn’t the first time I’ve heard this same type of information about deeper voices. As political campaign managers have long known, a deep voice is perceived as a favorable leadership quality. People are instinctively more likely to trust a candidate with a deep voice, whether they are aware of it or not.
The fact is, that everything about you — from your resume to your body language, to your wardrobe and your grooming, and even your voice — are part of one complete package. That package does make a difference in how others perceive you, and ultimately affects how far you move ahead in your career.