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How Confident Do You Sound in Your Job Interviews?

Nancy Daniels, Voice Coach


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y question to you is how confident do you sound in your job interviews? Let me take that one step further. Having heard yourself on your voicemail or answering machine, how confident do you think that voice sounds when talking to a perspective employer?


Many years ago when I was fresh out of graduate school, I applied for my first ‘real’ job in New York City at G. Schirmer, the largest publisher of classical sheet music in the States. What I didn’t know then was that my speaking voice was my greatest asset in attaining employment with that firm. I sounded confident; I sounded like I knew what I was talking about; and, I was only 24 years old.

My question to you is how confident do you sound in
You are known by what you hear on your voicemail, not the sound you hear in your head.
your job interviews? Let me take that one step further. Having heard yourself on your voicemail or answering machine, how confident do you think that voice sounds when talking to a perspective employer?

We do not have the ability to hear ourselves the way everyone does; thus, it is important to recognize that you are known by what you hear on your voicemail, not the sound you hear in your head.

Does your voice convey confidence? Do you speak with enough volume? Soft-spoken individuals do not get the job. By the same token, the loud voice is also not an asset. Being able to have a conversation in a normal volume of sound is very important. Maybe your voice exhibits nasality or you speak in a monotone. To hear a voice from a 40-year-old that is boring, whiny, breathy, too soft, too loud, or sounds like a child, does not exude confidence to a perspective employer.
What I didn’t know then was that my speaking voice was my greatest asset in attaining employment with that firm.

Through the years, I have worked with hundreds of people who were being held back because of their speaking voice. When Sean phoned me last month, I thought I was talking to a woman. He told to me that his boss had informed him that if he didn’t do something about his voice, his chances of moving up in the business were nil.

After learning how to find his optimum voice, which was considerably lower in pitch than his ‘habitual’ voice, Sean was offered a better job with his firm. Not only did he land a higher-paying position, but one of the men in his firm who didn’t know Sean had been working on his voice, said to him, “I honestly feel more relaxed speaking with you…. I feel really comfortable….. The change in your verbal articulation is significant, I feel as if you have matured 10 years!”

Through the years, I have worked with hundreds of people who were being held back because of their speaking voice.
Sean attributes his success to his ‘new’ voice and said, “After presenting the project status to a group of executives I was offered a position in project management a huge jump from my prior job function as a temporary low level employee.”

Think back to the last time heard yourself on your voicemail. What is that sound saying about you? Competition for employment today is greater than it has been in many years.

If the sound of your speaking voice is a liability, isn’t it time you made the change?






International Speaker and Voice Specialist, Nancy Daniels, has been involved in voice training since 1977. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in music, she discovered the techniques for improving the sound of the speaking voice while in graduate school at American University in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her guest speaking engagements, Nancy offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice training and public speaking skills throughout the United States and Canada. For those are unable to work with her directly, there is Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. For more information on voice training, future workshops, and Voicing It!, visit her Voice Dynamic website. http://www.voicedynamic.com



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