Lesson 1, Topic 1
In Progress

Vocal tonality and rate of speech

Let’s consider – vocal tonality and rate of speech. The optimal tonality is one of conviction and assurance and the rate of speech is moderate. What do I mean by conviction and assurance? Do your sentences sound like statements or questions when you are making a point? This is a critical distinction and shows belief in yourself and what you’re saying.

Accelerated rate of speech is also a telling, negative indicator that betrays anxiety and lack of certainty on the part of the interviewee. Take a breath, a pause, and relax. No one will mind.

While your interview may be limited by time, it isn’t a race to get as many words out as possible. If you give off confidence while speaking, your audience will feel more confident in you.