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- Speak calmly. Your tone is an important way of communicating and “listeners” will be sensitive to how you sound. Speak too loud and you can come over as aggressive.
- Make sure your voice is smooth.
Hoarseness, a too-deep, gravelly tone or a high-pitched squeak will infuriate a
- Practice breathing from your
diaphragm. This is the best way to overcome any problems with voice quality.
Your voice will become firmer and you will need to raise it less often to get
- Offer spoken instructions alongside
pictures or the written word where possible, especially when explaining to
children. People who prefer the hearing channel are likely to remember things
they hear more easily than things they see and touch.
- Turn the music down. Yes, I
mean you, restaurant managers and shop owners. Above a very low level, many
people with high sensitivity to sound simply cannot bear to hear the noise. It hurts
and distracts. They will leave and never return.
- Try gentle, quiet music as a
way to calm an over-excited auditory child, cutting out visual clutter such as
a heap of toys. Keep your voice soft and speak slowly.
- Check emails from your boss and colleagues. If they uses expressions that suggest they’re “listeners,” use similar metaphors to make your words resonate with them.