Verbal communication is an integral part of your personal brand and professional image
Think about someone you spoke with today. Picture them in your mind. Now think about not just what they said but how they sound when they speak.
Was their speech smooth, gravely, excited or stilted, was their voice high-pitched, loud or soft? Do they hesitate when they speak, look away, or look you in the eye? What about upspeak; that’s when you go up in the middle of a phrase or sentence or at the end, even if it’s not a question. Some people giggle after each thought, sigh, or tilt their head. These habits can all indicate insecurity.
Do you recognize any of those verbal and non-verbal affectations in your own speech patterns? There are many more of these small variations that creep into our everyday conversations. But the big question is; do you notice them in yourself or others?
Whether you notice them or not, speech patterns and affectations are part of our “personal brand.” Your personal brand is how others think of you, what you are known for, all the many ways that we communicate visually, verbally and non-verbally.
If you’re not sure how you sound to others, a good way to hear yourself is to record yourself having an in-person conversation with someone. Or record a phone conversation if you have the other person’s consent.
When you listen to the recording, have a pen and paper handy to take notes. You’ll be surprised at what you hear so you’ll want to write down what you notice about your speech patterns, words, pronunciations, and filler words. Those filler words can be the death of you; like, um, so, er, well, etc.
The first step in overcoming some unwanted speech patterns is to notice when you do them. Notice when you say the word “like” inappropriately. Notice whenever you begin a sentence with the words “So, um, well…” And if you catch yourself laughing at the end of a sentence, notice how often you do it. With any of these affectations, ask yourself honestly if it’s a habit.
Sometimes it’s difficult for us to recognize patterns in ourselves.
I can help.
As a Certified Personal Image Consultant and Communications Coach, I help active individuals upgrade their personal brand visually, verbally, and authentically from the inside, out.
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