Communication Influences How Well You’re Perceived

The way you communicate influences how well you’re perceived whether it be in your personal relationships, business or social settings. I recently spoke to someone on the phone who mumbled and practically whispered her words.  I soon became agitated and after asking her to repeat what she said several times, I gave up and said I would have to call back at a more convenient time.  I was really hoping that I would get someone different the next time I called.

Communication is much more than what you say.

Here are some ways to communicate so you’ll be heard every time:

  • Speak in a strong, clear voice. A strong, clear voice commands attention and respect. A soft, whiney voice may be perceived as insecure, weak and ineffective.
  • Speak deliberately and slow down but not so slow as to have people finish your sentences because it’s taking you so long to verbalize what you want to say. When you speak really fast, you’re perceived as someone who is nervous an unsure of herself
  • Speaking clearly is different from speaking deliberately. For instance, if people constantly say ”huh”, or “say that again”, you’re probably mumbling. Take time to pronounce every word clearly.
  • Join a Toastmasters group. These groups are supportive, encouraging and gives you a platform to practice your communication skills even if you don’t plan to become a professional speaker.

When you are speaking, remember not to mumble, speak clearly and pronounce your words clearly and you will very well on your way to increasing your confidence so that you will communicate effectively every time. The way you communicate can easily sabotage or enhance your position.

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author


Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care. To get tips, start living out loud with more enthusiasm, energy, passion, and self-confidence now, get your FREE copy of Building Strong Boundaries to Create More Breathing Space in Your Hectic Life


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