Words: Jennifer Dow
The tone of our voice is one of the most significant communication elements. Words that can be neutral can become hurtful in an instant with the wrong tone of voice. Altering the tone of your voice conveys different psychological information. Speak softly, and you can be interpreted as lacking in confidence but talk too loudly, and you may be seen as aggressive.
Your tone of voice is an essential element of communication and cues such as body language and eye contact. The tone you say something to another person is often more powerful than your choice of words. Tone can help you build relationships, create connections and influence others around you.
The tone of voice is so powerful that when you listen to someone talking in a language you do not understand, you can figure out what they are feeling just by their tone alone.
There are numerous factors in the sound of your voice that give meaning (conscious and unconscious), and it is helpful to think about these. You can also interpret how another person is doing by examining the tone of their voice. Here are some critical aspects of tone to consider.
This is how high or low the voice fluctuates over the conversation.
This is how quickly or slowly you speak.
This is how loud or how quiet your voice is.
This is the way someone breathes whilst they talk.