It’s simple. Each day you get dressed and quite instinctively look in the mirror to check yourself out and see if your clothes fit well and look becoming. If they do, your confidence level increases accordingly; if they don’t you might change your outfit or go about your day feeling just a little uncomfortable.
Most of us take care with how we look knowing that people often judge us by our appearance and that the first impression we make can be a lasting one. We make sure that we LOOK great but rarely do we take the time to think about if we SOUND great as well.
How we sound and how well we communicate with others plays as important a role as our appearance in creating the best first impression. (Some might say, even more so!)
Here are 3 tips on how to make certain that you sound as great as you look:
Enthusiasm and Energy. Let’s face it, you are more likely to pay attention and be interested in what a person is saying if they sound energetic and enthusiastic. There’s nothing worse than a person who sounds flat, monotonous and devoid of any sort of enthusiasm. Being enthusiastic doesn’t mean that you have to sound shrill or over-the-top. It means that the pace at which you speak and the tone of your voice are upbeat and lively…not too fast (!) but lively and engaging. People WANT to listen to you!
Speak with Clarity. People want to hear what you have to say. Mumbling or speaking so softly that the person to whom you are speaking has to constantly ask you to repeat what you’ve said are vocal turn-offs, and the prettiest dress or sharpest suit won’t change their opinion. When you mumble and are unclear, you come across as uninformed and insecure and neither are the type of qualities that you want to convey.
Eliminate Verbal Crutches and Filler Words. Ya know.. Um.. Ah.. You know to what I am referring and without a doubt, you’ve heard people who tend to pepper their conversation with these meaningless words and phrases. Said once, okay. Twice, sure, but any more than that and you have sabotaged the great impression you were trying to make.
Simple things, yes, but they have a great impact and can go a long way toward ensuring that you sound as great as you look.