With a preponderance of multi-channel device-based communication amongst us, we are getting further and further away from the natural use of our voice. We still speak, only just. Our voice becomes a tool like any other. Apps proliferate. Sucking our vocalisation into devices, transforming it into text, or prompting an instruction. Why speak at all, when we can two-thumb type on touch screens at break neck speed? To-ing and fro-ing in digital dialogue without ever looking up, still gaining a sense of relationship.
A psychology research paper published in the USA reminds us how important speech is as we start out: “For human infants to learn language, they must distinguish the sounds (and gestures) that are relevant for language acquisition. Infants as young as newborns possess listening biases that direct them towards human speech” (Schultz and Vouloumanos, 2010).
When our personal or professional development is at stake – and our wish is to grow, in confidence, and competence – the sound of a voice reminds us we’re human.
A good mentor creates opportunities to speak face to face, on the phone, via Skype/FaceTime for sound guidance and feedback to be expressed clearly, and directly, human style. Voice it.
© Amanda Yensa Manor 2015