Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Upspeaking and Our Times


While coaching people on their presentation skills, I've noticed a growing practice which can harm both presentations and careers.  

"Upspeaking" (raising the voice at the end of the sentence) is on the increase among men and women. The unfortunate result of that practice is the person sounds uncertain and even weak.

It arises in the speech habits of the young more than in those of the middle-aged or old. I am wondering if there is any connection to the signs of youthful passivity which have grown in our society.

Whatever the reason, it's a practice/habit/quirk that should be squelched. You can make a lot of mistakes during presentations and still emerge on top. Repeated upspeaking, however, can be especially damaging.

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