Your voice, your weapon

by Jul 15, 2015

Do you know that when somebody makes a speech on TV or on stage, only 7% of the audience attention is on the actual message?

The crowd will look at you,  listen to your voice, eventually your smile, your dress or tie. Only after the first basic observations have been made, will they start to listen!


Your Voice – An Expression of Yourself

Your voice can make a difference. Your voice is you. The expression of yourself. [Tweet “Working on your voice can help you to express yourself in a clearer, more powerful way.”] The “seduction” that it implies will improve your presence, as well as managing the stress of talking in public. It’s a tool, it’s a weapon.

Can we talk about a daily war when it comes to  the working world?

Yes we can.

The vocabulary of a company and corporate culture is quite often a warrior one. We even talk about the “battle” for customers and the “war” for talent.  [Tweet “What pressure…And it is even tougher for women.”] As time goes by, increasing numbers of women share work space with men who, not so long ago, had that space to themselves.  A new generation of men is now used to the presence of women at the same working level as they are, but for older generations, old habits die hard. So women, to be professionally successful, have to develop behaviours that leave no room for criticism, sexism, and even humiliation.

Smiling can be bad for your voice

For most of us, as young girls, were told to be sweet and soft. If a boy doesn’t cry, a girl doesn’t shout…she smiles…

[Tweet “Smiling can be a problem…because a smile is a little bit like an excuse:”] “don’t worry I will be a good girl.” As  I was told during my whole childhood: “you are prettier if you smile“, so I smiled. But technically (try it) when you smile while speaking, your voice stays in your cheeks and can’t go down to the resonator of the chest.

And this resonator is the lower one. In general it is most powerful for men, where for women, the powerful registers as are the high notes. This can be a tricky power though, as it can be very tiring to listen to, so women must be careful with high notes. Usually, the sounds in low frequencies call to mind the authority, strength,  self-confidence and… sensuality. Things women are not always comfortable with, often because of their up bringing and personalities.

     Your voice is a weapon of massive seduction!

Your voice can be a fantastic tool, and a toy! Working on your voice is funny and exciting. It opens so many possibilities as a way of expressing yourself, more fluently, while managing your rhythm, flow, and melody. It is exciting to work with your voice, to perfect your message, but it’s important for you to control your voice rather than it control you.


Learn how to re-wire your brain for greater self -confidence with Dr Anne Perschel at  Your Brain On Self Confidence Mini Coaching on the 6th of October  – Book Now!

Dominique Wenta Subscriber
Dominique Wenta is a french voice and oral communication coach who worked for French Government, companies (Loreal, EuroRSCG, Axa…), created a chair at Paris-dauphine University and was consultant on French TV (France 2 ) She recently moved in Brussels where she acts as vocal coach and burn-out prevention in the European parliament.
follow me

Found that interesting?
Learn more about our services for building inclusive workplaces

Found that interesting?
Learn more about our services for building inclusive workplaces

Individual services

Only 50% of women create a career strategy. Make sure you are on the right side of that equation to reach your potential

Corporate services

“Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.” — Jesse Jackson

Upcoming events


📢New program: How to create inclusive job postings

In today's rapidly evolving world, it's essential for organisations to embrace diversity and inclusion. Organisations unconsciously communicate their company cultures and values in everything they do including their job postings. These can either attract or repel talent from a diverse range of backgrounds.

A crucial step in this process is ensuring that your job postings reflect these values. Our training program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to craft job descriptions that attract candidates from all backgrounds, eliminating bias and fostering an inclusive hiring process.


create inclusive job postings

Full programme details HERE


📢New Programme available with 3Plus International

“If you have a brain you have a bias” and nowhere is this more apparent than in our hiring processes.

The ‘How to Mitigate Bias in the Recruitment Process’ programme is designed to convey the serious nature of bias in the recruitment process with a focus on gender bias and the way it impacts both businesses and organisations, but in a way that is thought-provoking and engaging.



Full programme details HERE

Dates for the Diary


11th June 2024 : Corporate Training  - Build your Personal Board of Directors

14th June 2024:  Corporate Training How to Handle Everyday Sexism

1st July 2024 Corporate Master Class  “How to make your job postings more inclusive “

9th October 2024 Corporate Event  ‘How to Build your Circle of Success for Career Advancement”

Download and listen free podcasts

Latest Podcasts

Related articles