All of us are just one person, yet we use many voices every day.
We have our normal voice that we use when we’re with friends and those we feel comfortable around. We’re not afraid to cuss if need be and we use crude humour and sarcasm at will. We know we can get away with it without misunderstood meanings.
We have our professional voice that we use at work. Whether it’s speaking with clients or bosses or employees, we have a different tone. We certainly don’t cuss and it’s only with the closest of business relationships that we feel comfortable injecting more of our own personality.
Our parents and grandparents make us talk differently still, even though we’re fully grown. We use respectful tones and I personally never swore in the company of my parents.
We use a different voice again in professional situations. In shops and stores or public transport, we adopt a courteous yet authoritative tone. We know what we want so we use a certain tone to achieve that.
Yet despite all these disparate voices, there’s one thing that holds them all together.
You control these voices and how they’re used. You control whether they’re used positively or negatively. You control whether they garner fear or respect. You control whether you help change the world or accept the status quo. Your control defines the perception of you by others.
We may have numerous voices, but at the end of the day there’s only one that truly counts.
What’s your voice?