Motivational Minute: Leadership and Authority Through Voice

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In this week’s Motivational Minute, motivational speaker and author Vince Reardon, explains how leadership and authority are conveyed through voice, and how women and men differ in their communication of leadership.

Vince says, you can have the greatest ideas in the world but if you can’t convince enough people, it doesn’t matter. How can you sound more like a leader? Work on your voice.”

Most novice public speakers ignore the sound of their voice. It is a big mistake because there is a sound to leadership.

People don’t follow a soft, indecisive voice either on the battlefield or in the board room. In June 1987, when President Reagan urged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, he didn’t make a suggestion; he gave a command. “Mr. Gorbichof, tear down this wall!” Two years later that wall came down.

Powerful women assert themselves differently than men. When alpha women speak, they use vocal energy, or variations in loudness which conveys authority.

Again, if you’re a man that wants to sound like a leader, speak in a deeper, more decisive voice; and if you’re a woman, speak with more vocal variety. Either way, you’ll capture your listener’s attention and come across as a passionate, persuasive leader.


Tune in Thursday for Vince Reardon’s final segment of Insider Tips from The Pocket Mentor. And browse the Entertainer for The Motivational Minute, which has aired each Monday over the last three months.

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