Tone of Voice

Tone of voice is detrimental in delivery. 

It can make or break relationships. 

Tone can turn a statement into a question and a question to a command. 

A simple phrase muttered under the breath is taken much differently than the same said outright. 

A condescending tone belittles the hearer and uplifts the speaker. 

Conversations turn to arguments as the voices escalate. 

People withdraw from speaking and being heard when feeling threatened.

There is a difference in a passionate speech and one of indifference. 

I was having a conversation earlier and had several questions. I admit I am completely ignorant about the topic we were discussing.

I felt like the more questions I asked the tone of the conversation headed south.

My questions were borderline repetitive because of my lack of understanding.

Those who know me know I am not good with numbers. And much of the talk revolved around just that.

The other person is very fluent with mathematics and it seemed to aggravate that I could not keep up.

Of course there was a huge blow up concerning this misunderstanding which was rooted in tone of voice. 

And I admit that I was getting frustrated, too, because one, I still don’t understand and two, we can talk all day and never get anywhere…if neither are willing to listen to the other.

A conversation must have at least two sides who are mature enough to go back and forth. 

Don’t shut down because of a misunderstanding.

Keep talking.

You’ll never work through anything if you aren’t willing to go the extra mile and talk through differences.

Be careful of your tone. 

Respect every side. 

And know that your point of view isn’t the only one.

One thought on “Tone of Voice

  1. This is so true over text or when you can’t physically see the other person. It really can cause huge misunderstandings. Great post.


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