There are many things you can do to enhance your position of a leader. The entire picture of you, however, consists of both image and sound. Let’s take a look at how to improve the way you sound.

Check out: 4 Common Vocal Mistakes Leaders Make






  • upspeak – Affliction affecting my in today’s society not just teenagers where a person makes a question out of a sentence that isn’t a question (or more simply speaks “up” at the end of a sentence) [urbandictionary.com]
  • credentials – a qualification, achievement, quality, or aspect of a person’s background, especially when used to indicate their suitability for something
  • jot down – write briefly or hurriedly; write a short note of
  • compel – force or oblige (someone) to do something
  • spew – expel large quantities of (something) rapidly and forcibly
  • convey – communicate (a message or information)


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • According to Laura Sicola, what makes people buy into your your leadership skills?
  • What might cause the message to fall flat?
  • What might cause you to sound disengaged?
  • How can you encourage your listeners to be more engaged in your message?
  • What are vocal periods?
  • Why is upspeak inadvisable?
  • What is the best way to diagnose your speech difficulties?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space. 

Commanding respect ________ a leader means more than having a fancy job title and a corner office; it also means ________ the right tone of voice.

Laura Sicola, linguist and founder of Vocal Impact Productions in Philadelphia, ________ spent more than a decade coaching business leaders ________ the impact of vocal executive presence, or the ability to harness the power of your voice to command the room, connect with the audience, and close the deal.

“You can have all the credentials, you can have the space ________ top of the org chart and all the other external symbols ________ you’re supposed to be a leader but [it’s] your communication ________ makes people really buy it,” Sicola says.


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