The sound of your voice, the words you choose, your body language–they all work together giving people a sense of your intelligence, your professionalism, your energy.
People base their perception of you on what you communicate and most importantly, how you communicate it. The question is,
“Is the delivery of your message complimenting your personal brand or hindering it?
According to Dr. Carol Fleming, speech pathologist and personal communication coach, how we say what we say matters more than we know. In her book, It’s The Way You Say It: Becoming Well-Spoken, Articulate, and Clear, she says:
While your expertise and skills are, of course, essential, it is your personal verbal communication that transmits your expertise and confidence to other people.
She also shares that
….your body, words, and voice must ideally communicate the same thing at the same time for [you] the speaker to come across as professional, trustworthy, and appealing.
So, do you sound like a leader?
- Are you attracting those you have been called to serve?
- Are you attracting those who could possibly partner with you in a business venture?
- Are you attracting those who might contribute to your mission?
The Interview with Dr. Carol Fleming
Answer those questions and then listen to the in-depth conversation I had with Dr. Carol Fleming on Tuesday, April 2nd. She has 30 years of experience in the field of speech pathology and it is evident in her very detailed responses to the questions that I ask. We even went over our 45 minutes a tad because she had so much to share and I had so much to ask. In fact, she didn’t even get to answer all of the questions I had. You know me….my inquiring mind wants to know.
About Dr. Carol Fleming
Dr. Carol Fleming has been working with people on refining the sound of their voices for over 30 years. As a speech and language pathologist, she uses education and skills developed for the clinic and apply them to the more subtle needs of the business and professional world.
While others may offer public speaking training, speech therapy, or theater skills, Dr. Fleming takes a holistic approach helping people address any concerns they may have about the impression they make by the way they communicate both verbally and non-verbally.
The second edition of her book, It’s The Way You Say It, was just released in March 2013. She is also the author of two bestselling audio programs–The Sound of Your Voice and The Serious Business of Small Talk. You can learn more about her at www.speechtraining.com.