Tips to Improve Your Inflection
- Practice in the mirror – You’ve probably heard about the trick of placing a mirror in front of you while you’re on the phone. The reason it works is not psychological but rather physiological. When you smile, the soft palate at the back of your mouth raises and makes the sound waves more fluid
- Awareness: Another way to improve your inflection is to be aware of how stressing certain words changes the feeling of what you’re saying
- Learn to take slow, deep breaths (without sounding like Darth Vader) – Most people become shallow breathers when they’re under pressure. The more pressure or stress you feel, the shallower and quicker your breathing will be. When this breathing pattern happens, your vocal cords tend to tighten, making your voice go up and sound strained.
- Record your current presentation – Take notes on where in your presentation you naturally use inflection and which type of inflection you use. From there, you can plan where you want to use inflection.
- Practice changing your speed and volume – By doing so, you can see what feels natural to you, along with what sounds best for the listener.
To sum these tips up, selling takes practice, and the ability to demonstrate voice inflection. No one will buy from or agree with someone who does not sound like he or she believes in his or her product. Engulf yourself in what you are selling and the way you speak about it, and you’re sure to notice an improvement.