Whether your lack of clear diction is at fault or whether your voice is too soft in volume, not being understood the 1st time you say it is a problem that needs to be resolved if you expect to succeed professionally.
In today’s fast and furious business world, the need to constantly repeat yourself is a waste of time for both you and your listeners. It is also frustrating to boot! People don’t want to have to wait for the answer. They want it the 1st time around.
Another problem for those who are not being heard is the negative psychological impact it can have on them. If you are soft-spoken, for example, there is a very high probability that you are being talked over which does not help your self-esteem. While you may think that it is what you are saying that is causing the interruption, it is more likely that your listeners tire of asking you to repeat yourself. Thus they tend not to put much stock in your words because they cannot hear your words. It is truly that simple.
The answer for you, if are soft-spoken, is to learn to speak in a normal volume of sound. The word normal is the important word in that statement because if you are soft-spoken, then your volume is below normal. Below average. When I talk about volume, I explain to my clients that if a normal volume is 1.00, the soft-spoken voice is somewhere around .8 or .85. And, until you learn to speak at Volume Level 1.00, you will not be heard comfortably at your desk, in the car, or at the kitchen table.
If, on the other hand, you are being asked to repeat yourself because you are not being understood, I suggest you practice speaking more distinctly. Should an accent be the problem, your goal is not to eliminate it, just clean it up.
Whether your problem is a heavy accent or a volume level that is too soft, voice training can solve your problem. Learning how to power your voice from your chest cavity – instead of relying primarily on your throat and voice box – results in clearer diction and normal volume. In addition, you will learn how to project your voice which is the ability to increase your volume without shouting.
Discover your ‘real’ voice and you will be amazed at how much easier it is for others to understand you the 1st time you say it.
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 a dramatic ‘before & after’ clip, visit Voice Training Website and check out Craig’s video.