What Your Voice Says About You

Of course you shine on paper and your attire is impeccable, and that's enough to seal the deal in your next round of job interviews, right? Not always. It's a little-known fact that something else about you has been proven to speak volumes about the type of person others consider you to be. A recent Stanford University study found that people "hear" personality in the voices of others, and that the sound of one's voice biases opinions about everything from credibility to sexual prowess.

Whether you're a suave-sounding person or a speed demon when you speak, stop to think about your current pattern of speech. Use this information to see what your voice says about you and how you can make your speaking pattern stronger.

High-Pitched Voice

What Your Voice Says: People who speak in squeaky, high voices sound insecure, inexperienced, and give the illusion of not being confident. Even worse, after only a few sentences your future employer or coworkers might consider you too aggravating to be around.

Career Saving Quick Fix: Contrary to popular belief, people with high voices aren't stuck with them, though trying to fix your tone on your own can prove to be damaging to your vocal chords. A trip or two to a vocal coach can bring your voice down a notch or two while bringing up your marketability.

Slow Talker

What Your Voice Says: You're calm and confident enough to trust that people will wait around to see what you have to say. Because of this, you attract admiration and respect. You're also soothing and pleasant to speak with because you appear relaxed and in control. Unless, however, you're *too* slow, with multi-second pauses between words for unknown reasons, which is a speech no-no.

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Career Saving Quick Fix: People who are slow talkers also tend to be monotonous as they speak, so watch for this and make a conscientious effort to vary your levels.


What Your Voice Says: Recent polls say that seven out of ten people are annoyed by people who have a nasal quality to their voice. You will sound demanding and calculating, while appearing less professional, if you allow a nasal tone to overwhelm your voice.

Career Saving Quick Fix: Look in the mirror to see how wide your mouth opens when you speak and try opening your mouth a bit more as you talk in order to encourage the sound waves to come from your voice box and not from your nose.

Gravelly Voice

What Your Voice Says: Whether deserved or not, a gravelly voice gives the illusion of experience and authority and commands attention and reverence from fellow workers. Many singers actively cultivate a gravelly voice because it is considered to be an intoxicating aphrodisiac to the ears.

Career Saving Quick Fix: Unless you're in a environment where the goal is to sound young, hip and cool at all times, a gravelly voice won't deter your career goals. However, if you find your voice becoming more and more gravelly, see your doctor as it may be a sign of health concerns like a thyroid issue, perpetual throat problems, or even a symptom of chronic disease.

Fast Talker

What Your Voice Says: Speaking too quickly gives others the idea that you are sloppy and not particular enough to ensure that the other person can understand what it is that you're talking about. Fast talkers also appear nervous and easily taken advantage of, which are not especially good qualities to have attributed to you when on the job.

Career Saving Quick Fix: If you find your speech speeding up, try taking a deep breath before you speak. You can also slow your speech down by working on other positive communication skills while you speak, like practicing eye contact, taking pauses, and stopping every few sentences to allow coworkers to chime in.

Low Talker

What Your Voice Says: It depends. A low, powerful voice exudes strength because a deep voice is a sign of high testosterone. If you wield your low, deep voice properly, it commands much more attention than a fast, squeaky voice, but if you're a low talker who mumbles, you're in worse shape than your voice-challenged counterparts. Regardless of how you sound, if no one knows what you said it's a lost cause.

Career Saving Quick Fix: Make sure you're being heard when you talk, especially in loud places and with older people. Don't just take visual cues as proof-occasionally ask if you're being understood, and make an effort to raise your volume in larger groups, just in case.

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Anne Marie Rasmussen

I have a deep voice for a teenage girl, a lot of people ha e told me I could voice-over a woman.

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October 11 2011 at 4:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would like for someone to tell me why most young women use that nasal, what-they-think-is-a-California voice that grates on your nerves! What ever happened to being and sounding unique?

July 20 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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February 15 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was not aware of my tone & body languange until I was speaking to my sis & she told me about a rude coworker, well she must have been discribing me , since I too have a voice that carries & is loud , & I do facial expressions without realizingit, until my spouse points it out. You are doing the nose thing again. It is hard to change , when you yourself don't realize you are doing something such as body language. I even lost a job over this & was totally shocked .

December 09 2009 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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September 10 2009 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are actual excercises to lower your voice. I am a counselor and I have done studies on voice tones. A high - little girl voice just isn't taken seriously as someone with a lower voice. It is all about first impressions. I am not trying to be a jerk, just helpful. Slow down and trying doing singing (music)scales. Try and go as low as possible, do this for a couple of weeks everyday for about 5 minutes a day in the shower, you will be surprised!

September 10 2009 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked this article: I wish some of the ladies in H.R. or secretaries or women recruiters in job agencies would learn that a high pitched baby voice just doesn't make it. I grit my teeth everytime I hear one who still thinks that talking like a little girl is cute! UGH - To me it is like nails on glass! You know who you are.

September 10 2009 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Some of the news casters talk so fast and low that it's impossible to understand them.

September 10 2009 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im a high pitched, fast talker

August 12 2009 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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