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Your Voice Is Powerful

October 4, 2011

The above video shows a 29 year old woman who had a hearing aid implanted. The video shows her reaction the first time she heard her own voice.  Can you imagine being 29 year s old and never hearing anything but silence?  A voice is a powerful thing. Don’t underestimate it.

Use your voice in all aspects of your life. Don’t be afraid to speak up when no one else will. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion whether it is thought to be good or bad. When working with your customers or your fellow employees remembers that if no one verbally shares what is going on in their mind, no problems will ever be resolved.

Here are some tips to help “break the ice” next time you find yourself or a group of your employees without words.

  1. Ask everyone to stand up and take a few deep breaths. This will get them to relax.
  2. Ask everyone to introduce the person next to them. This creates relationships between the audience members as people get to know each other’s names and start relating at a completely different level; and participating better in the discussions. It is also easier to introduce someone than to introduce your own self.
  3. Everyone stand up and greet the person in front of you or behind you. This will initiate humor as everyone turns to find only the backs of the people behind them. Tension is eased as everyone is now relaxed and much more attentive and receptive of the speaker. The speaker is fun and likeable; s/he is human after all! This is my favorite ice breaker because it creates laughter – a tranquilizer without any side effects.
  4. This one is popular in churches: tell the person next to you that “I’m glad you made it (here) today.”  (Public-speaking-solutions.com)
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