Using Your Voice to Assert

You find it difficult to lead because your people do not hear the assertion of your voice. It is important that you use your voice to assert so they will know you are serious. Things are too loud here in Singapore that your soft voice cannot survive. You need to be assertive to prove your point.


By assertion, it means standing up for your rights whilst respecting others. You simply defend what you believe in but you do not forget to give the respect others deserve. Other people think that being assertive only means disagreeing. You have to know this if you want to be effective in asserting.

This lesson will be beneficial for many Singaporeans. Being assertive is a critical in communication. If you Google how to be assertive, you will find many advices. However, not all mention the significance of the voice when being assertive. If you have the opportunity to go for a voice study, you should grab it because it will improve your assertion. In this article, you will learn how to sound assertive. Here are some ideas:


  • Adjust volume: You should adjust your volume so your audience will be alerted. If you speak monotonous, they will not know the difference between telling and asserting. Always speak loud so your audience will hear you. If you are building a point, you have to raise the volume gradually.
  • Refine pitch: What is a pitch? For your information, pitch is the frequency of your sound waves. It is like hitting low or high notes using your voice. You have to be aware of the pitch and learn to refine it. For example, questions should end on high pitch or note.
  • Alter tempo and rhythm: Tempo refers to the speed of your voice while rhythm is the pattern you produce. You have to use rhythm to convey a meaning and tempo to accentuate ideas. You hasten the tempo when you show humour or excitement. You pause to highlight points and when you are about to move to another idea.
  • Timbre: Timbre refers to the quality of the voice. Timbre expresses the attitude of the speaker. Audiences can therefore identify the attitude of the speaker and use it to build understanding. You have to make use of your timbre if you want to express your emotions and attitudes. Choosing the right phrases and words can facilitate this.

So you see, a voice can speak a thousand words. If you really want to be assertive, you have to practice the things above.


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