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It's the Way You Say It, 2nd Edition by Carol Fleming

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CHAPTER 3Developing a Dynamic Voice

People easily make the leap from the sound of your voice to the nature of your personality. If you sound a certain way, you are a certain way. For example, “He always sounds so friendly.” Have you noticed how good we usually are in making these judgments? Have you ever wondered how this happens?

A good speaking voice offers variation in the stream of sound. This is the feature that communicates your personality. These variations reinforce meaning and increase the intelligibility of your speech. The amount of change you produce in your speaking appears to reflect the extent of your emotional involvement. The sound of your voice carries your attitudes about what you’re saying and about the persons to whom you ...

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