Step 1/Week 2: First Impressions: How we soundWe live in an incredibly social world where we are
called up upon to share our thoughts and speak our mind on an endless variety
of topics. When given our platform, it is always in our best interest to sound
our most intelligent. This is not the time for text-speak, filler words,
swearing or slang, however tempting.  This
is the age of sound bites where we have to make every second count and speak
articulately, audibly and with perfect elocution to make sure our message is
For the next seven days, pay close
attention to your verbal communication. Notice your voice. Do you speak loudly
or softly? Is your speech high-pitched or low? Do you converse too quickly or
slowly?  Are you a chatterbox, or is your
delivery slow and methodical? Are you a close talker?  Notice your choice of words. Do you use all
those three and four syllable words you learned in school and do you know their
meanings?  Do you swear like a
sailor?  Do you sound like a teenager sprinkling
filler words throughout your sentences? Do you talk in text preferring to say,  ‘brb’ instead of ‘be right back’?  Do you have an accent, and if so, from where?  Boston, New Jersey, Louisiana, the UK? Does
it make you sound smarter? Do people make fun of it? Does it help or hurt your personal
or professional life?  What is the tone
of your voice? Do you sound annoyed? Do you sound happy? Are you curt or do you
speak at length? Do your words move people into action or do you feel like no
one is listening?  Each of these questions
is up for discussion in this second week of our focus. 
Let’s use this period to discover the
impact we make or do not make on others. Are we effective in getting what we
want at home? With our families and friends? 
In the dating world and in the corporate world? How do we come across to
other people? Do we sound cheery?  Do we
sound critical?  While our technological
communications have taken precedence, it is our interpersonal connections that
still hold the most weight. In these rare instances, we must know how to speak
face-to-face and tailor our tone of voice, our velocity, and our volume
depending upon whom we’re speaking to or the size of our audience. 
More careful examination should be
paid towards what we are saying. Are we repeatedly throwing up words out of our
mouths?  Do we apply filters to prevent
saying something we will most surely regret later?  How many of us actually think before we
speak?  This is certainly not easy in a
world where the complete opposite is heralded by society, especially in the media
where shock-value is upheld. Take, for example, the latest cultural phenomenon,
the Potty Mouth Princesses, who would probably have gone unnoticed if not for the
F-bombs sprinkled throughout their video on feminism. How else to perk up the
public’s ears? On the other end of the spectrum, are the increasingly popular TED
Talks which in a distilled eighteen minutes of mindful word selection are able
to educate us, enlighten us and instruct us to make our lives better.  How will you choose to use your voice over the
next seven days?  Share with us what you
observe in yourself and in others.
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