By Aaron Byrd
Vocal tone, or how we sound when we are talking, has a significant influence on how our message is received. This great TED talk by Laura Sicola discusses the role of vocal tone in our communication. This is one of the more difficult aspects of effective speaking to teach but also one of the more beneficial. Laura highlights a study that shows that 38% of effective communication depends on vocal tone. 55% of how the message is received depends on non-verbal. Only 7% is the actual words.
A great thought that Laura points out that applies to our FLL presentations is the balance between the time spent preparing the words and materials for the presentations and the time we spend on how we sound we we say them. Do we really spend 5x the time working on effective delivery as we do on developing the materials? Effective, professional-sounding teams do!