Crafting Your Leadership Tone of Voice

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Crafting Your Leadership Tone of voice

Tone of Voice Expert, Dr. Wendy Leborne Joines our ‘Souldcast Media Live’ To Discuss How To Use Your Voice AS A LEader And Ways To Find Your Voice Brand


We recently hosted a Soulcast Media LinkedIn LIVE event where our CEO & Founder, Jessica Chen, and TEDx speaker and voice pathologist, Dr. Wendy LeBorgne broke down the power of speaking and how tone of voice can make a huge impact on relationships.


Have you ever had an experience, where you picked up the phone and knew immediately who it was on the other end? Just by the first word they said?


Your voice is part of your brand. Whether you like it or not, it contributes to how people see you and make judgments about you (assertive, energetic, tired, etc.) 


1. Practice Developing Your Authentic Voice

What is an authentic voice? It’s something that can’t ever be forced and it has to be true to you and who you are as a person.

Here are some ways to craft your authentic voice: 

– Increase your breath efficiency 

When people refer to their “stomach voice,” it’s because they are conscious of their diaphragmatic breathing. You can begin diaphragmatic breathing by engaging your abdominal muscles, and diaphragm when breathing. If you have adequate breath support, you’ll be able to set your vocal folds into vibration, meaning you’ll be able to talk with a deeper and smoother tone of voice.

– Do facial flexibility exercises

If you start implementing facial flexibility exercises, you’ll help loosen your facial muscles, which will allow for greater movement.

Example: Place your palms on the sides of your face and slowly massage the jaw and cheek muscles in slow small circular motions. This will loosen up your jaw before you speak.

– Use variability 

While maximizing your voice intensity is helpful, Dr. LeBorgne says at the end of the day, it’s the variability in intensity that keeps people interested in your voice when speaking.

“To grab somebody’s attention from a leadership standpoint, if you’re talking in a meeting and you get quiet, I promise it makes people look up,” Dr. LeBorgne said.  “It’ll also make them incredibly uncomfortable because they don’t know what they’ve missed. Changing the intonation or intensity pattern when you speak can make a huge difference in your execution.”

– Be self informed

Being self informed doesn’t mean being self critical, but being self aware of what’s working and what’s not working. Identify where you need to make improvements and make adjustments accordingly.

Example: During meetings, do you notice you speed through important parts by talking too fast? You can fix this by emphasizing specific words and phrases, pausing between key points, and making an effort to slow down your speech next time you talk.


2. Ask For Feedback

 Dr. LeBorgne says we’re not always the best judge of our own communications ability. If you think you’re a fantastic communicator, but nobody understands what you’re saying, you may not be as great of a communicator as you think

Ask your peers to give you feedback on what they think your style of communicating is. What do they think about your communications ability? Do they think you appear nervous and talk too fast in meetings? Do you ramble on one topic for too long? Is there anything they think you can improve? 

Sometimes, we can be biased of our own abilities, therefore it’s important to have different perspectives. 

3. Remember To Take A Break

 In this virtual day and age, many of us are constantly jumping from meeting to meeting, video call to video call. It’s important to slow down and be mindful of the way we are showing up on these video calls. There will be certain high-stakes client meetings where you’ll need to bring high-enough energy on video— such as being enthused and present. But, because it’s not always possible to be “on” every second of the day, take a moment to step outside and recharge. 

Want to learn how to do a stretching contraction? Watch the full discussion on Jessica’s LinkedIn page. 



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