By Julius Fast
Julius quickly, who replaced the way in which we glance on the global together with his step forward bestseller physique Language, now updates and expands upon these rules to teach us the right way to transcend the most obvious within the office and comprehend the genuine explanations and hidden agendas of our co-workers.
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In addition to the rhythm, music, and harmony, melody incorporates pitch, register, resonance, speed, and volume. When you change the melody in your voice, you change the subtext of what you say. In a job interview a simple statement, such as "I'd like to work here" can ring with conviction if the melody is right or fall flat as a pancake if there is no melody to it. Try saying it in as many ways as you can, and you'll realize what melody is all about. A "detail man" I worked with in a pharmaceutical company used to complain about the difficulty he had with doctors.
The register? The speed? The pausing? Do you use too many fillers like "uh" or "I mean" or "you know" or the current favorite, "basically"? I was once a guest on a radio talk show, and tacked to the wall of the studio a large sign warned that "I mean," "uh," and "you know" could take up more than 50 percent of precious air time. Fillers like these can waste time in any tight situation, not to mention sending out a subtext of indecision and uncertainty. Clear thinkers—at least those who want others to perceive them as clear thinkers—speak clearly.
Another way of transmitting comfort and ease is to use the other person's first name. The first name, far from offending, puts the other person at ease, and creates a subtext of friendliness. To keep that subtext going, be conversational. Don't speechify or lecture, even if you're addressing a group. Remember, the shorter your talk, the better. " I wondered if it didn't take a lot of practice for executives to learn these rules, but Mr. Pfister shook his head. "You'd be amazed at how quickly executives in large companies learn.