Voice Coaching – Consider this technique for landing a job in finance
Voice coaching, originally connected to the music industry where singers aim to improve their singing techniques and develop their voices through specialized practices in breathing, diction and pronunciation, is now considered a valuable tool for career advancement in numerous industries, but especially for candidates attempting to land finance jobs. Research in communication is showing that voice pitch and patterns not only affect your possibility of landing the job, but also affect the details of your offer.
A WSJ.com blog post written by Sue Shellenbarger and supported by analytics from Quantified Impressions, a communications analytics company, states that the “sound of a speaker’s voice matters twice as much as the content of the message.” The study revealed that the “speaker’s voice quality accounted for 23% of listeners’ evaluations; the content of the message accounted for 11%.” Not that you want to disregard the quality of your interview answers, as your potential employer will evaluate the content of your responses, but the sound of your voice may give you a competitive edge over other applicants.
A quick look at men versus women reveals that men naturally have deeper voices than women and powerful men tend to have voices that are even deeper than average. According to research conducted by professors from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and University of California, San Diego’s Rady School of Management, “executives with voices on the deeper (that is lower-frequency) end of the scale earned, on average, $187,000 more in pay and led companies with $440 million more in assets.” Powerful women on the other hand, have voices with average pitches, but stand out in another measure, vocal energy. “Researchers define vocal energy as variations in loudness, amplitude or intensity of a speaker’s voice. A speaker who shifts often from loud to soft tones tends to capture listeners’ interests and to come across as more passionate than one who speaks in a monotone.”
Additionally, women have naturally high pitched voices that can easily become even higher or weak when they lack confidence or feel stressed or anxious, which can cause weakened perceptions of abilities in the workplace. The good news, vocal energy is said to be easily controlled and therefore, a fairly easy skill to master, assuming you do not have a medical reason for your voice problem. Women, more so than men, are using voice coaching focused on breathing and posture to enhance and control vocal energy with the goal of making great strides forward in their careers, whether for interviews, presentations or everyday communication with colleagues and supervisors.
Your voice speaks to your confidence and trustworthiness in the eyes of an employer and can help you not only land a job, but potentially increase your offer. If you are looking for finance jobs, you may want to consider evaluating whether or not to take the steps to lowering your pitch or increasing your vocal energy as a tool for advancing your career. However, keep in mind, the research is not dictating that your voice is the cause of you landing a job, but rather that there is a correlation between certain vocal traits, successful people and the jobs they hold.
By Wall Street Services Staff