When my dad used to answer the phone for his business his voice would drop an octave – making him sound a little more gruff, authoritative, business like ect.
When I used to work in a call centre, my voice was professional – but also with a hint of cheer. Welcome to…. my name is….. how can I help you today…… At work now, in meetings, delivering presentations, when I did speeches back in highschool. The tone of my voice would change for the occasion.
I have 3 vent voices.
Aussie Yobbo – ok, not quite, but its a little rough – it’s not sexy its – ocka, may involve words like Bloody hell, far out, man, lots of lazy language.
Normal – how I speak normally – will speak like that in guild/ normal groups / groups with friends – its distinctively female and Australian – but my voice is even, and clear.
Not so – normal – curl your toes kinda voice – 1/2 an octave lower. Oh yeah I can do it. ( no audio samples available) This is not done often – its like that tone your voice gets when you’re laying back on bed talking to someone your interested in. I do not use this in Raids/Pugs blah ect ect EVER. purrrrrrs
In a pug I tend to use the Yobbo/Normal variation when I speak. Reduces the “As long as that Sexy sounding Aussie chick is there – I’ll be there” Yes I like being flattered. *blushes
I was reading a management book some time ago, that talked about your voice tones, and the impression they make in the business world, and how serious you will be taken with your communication style, so perhaps I’m a little more conscious of it. As a singer I am also a little aware of things like vocal chords, and using your body as an instrument. Getting your pitch and tone right, and holding a note with simple things like leaning back slightly to tighten up your vocal chords and your posture, so I’d like to think I talk clearly and precisely most of the time.
You are more likely to be taken seriously,in real life, and in vent if you communicate well, and that involves, listening as well as speaking. I am not trying to advocate that you change your voice tone ( but you can with practise) but if you sound like a meek mouse, you will get treated like one. If your tone, and pitch are erratic, if you mumble – over talk, ramble, you’ve all heard them all – you will get spoken over, muted, ignored. Anything of value you have to say may be discounted.
How a leader communicates will impact on how seriously his/her position is taken.
My mother used to threaten to send me to a lady’s finishing school if I didn’t speak properly.’ The rain in spain falls mainly on the plain” , and “How now brown cow” I am a confident communicator. I’m not afraid of getting up in front of people and talking .
I love vent. I love the instant communication. I love that it is a tool for discussion, and not just instruction. It gives gaming a more human feel to me.
Raiding, Wow, would be a different game for me if there was no voice communication, and I honestly do not believe that if not for things like Vent, even Team Speak, or Skype that raiding co-ordination could go so smoothly, or that Wow could have developed into the game it has today.