Imagine that there are number of candidates for a particular job and all of the candidates have similar education and experience. Without a doubt, the choice is going to be difficult. Now let’s imagine that of all who are applying for the position, one candidate in particular has strong communication skills. Who do you think will get the job? Naturally, the individual who has good communication skills will be the winner in this situation.
How good are your presentation/communication skills? Do you sound as dynamic as you look? Do you sound as impressive as your resume may look?
There is no doubt that standing out from the crowd is more important than ever in today’s declining job market. Competition is fierce.
Do others ever:
1. ask you to repeat yourself because you are soft-spoken?
2. tell you that you speak in a monotone?
3. ask you to slow down when you speak?
4. seem uninterested when you try to explain something or relay a story?
5. tell you they don’t understand what you are saying because of an accent or dialect?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you should seriously consider what impression you are making in the job interview. The most important thing you need to do when being interviewed for a job is to sell yourself. And, any one of the above characteristics will sell you short because there is an excellent chance that another candidate will be stronger in his/her communication skills.
You must be understood the first time you say it. If a prospective boss constantly asks you to repeat yourself because you speak too softly or because of an accent, you have a problem. If your voice is a monotone, then you are boring. If you talk too quickly, your message is not getting through. And, if you have difficulty putting your thoughts into verbal speech, then the message being sent is uninteresting and hard to follow.
Good communication skills require you to speak with confidence, be heard the first time you say it, have total control over your speed, and articulate your thoughts clearly and distinctly.
One means of solving the above problems is by means of voice training. In addition to working on your volume, your diction, and the life/emotion in your voice, voice training means you will discover a deeper, resonant, more mature sound which I refer to as your ‘real’ voice. Powered by your chest cavity, it can make all the difference in who gets selected.
Don’t let your lack of good communication skills be the determining factor in who gets the job.
The Voice Lady, Nancy Daniels, offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It! the only video training on voice improvement. If you would like to see some a dramatic 'before' & 'after' video clips, start with Craig by visiting The Voice Lady's Voice Training Website in the center of the page. Then check out other video clips in the menu bar.