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LOWER YOUR VOICE
Voters prefer politicians with lower-pitched voices
According to an Evolution and Human Behavior study at McMaster University in Canada, people, when given a choice, consistently chose a lower-pitched voice .
The Research Approach:
Researchers manipulated archive recordings of US presidents to create lower and higher-pitched versions of each voice and listeners were asked to rate perceived qualities of the speaker.
The researchers played the altered recordings to 125 people and asked them to rate their perceptions of the speakers':
- intelligence and
They also asked subjects which version of the voice they would prefer to vote for, both in peacetime and wartime.
In all cases listeners preferred candidates with lower-pitched voices.
It is, then, no surprise that many political candidates take voice training. Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher is perhaps the most famous for deliberately training to lower her voice.
What does that mean to you?
Whether you are an aspiring politician, or, an established member, you can significantly improve your chances of success and impact on your followers by learning to lower the pitch of your voice --- and, yes, my fellow females, it is definitely important for us.
To get you started, here are some do-it-yourself techniques. The trick, however, is modulation and practice.
- Sing the scales
Try a la-la-la all the way down the musical register as far as you can go - then go one more note. Repeat two or three times and do the exercise several times a day.
More "ing" - this time, open your mouth slightly and say "ing", but, hold the sound for several seconds. You should feel a tiny vibration in your throat and vocal cords. Try it at different pitches until you get one you like. Then repeat two or three times. You'll soon both hear and feel the right pitch for you.
- Hang out with folks who have lower pitched voices. --- Yes, this actually works: It's a bit like picking up a southern drawl by talking with people who have one.
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I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.
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