Ever notice how you adjust your language when you speak to someone with a higher social status than you? You raise the pitch of your voice in order to communicate that you’re not a threat.
Social psychologists teach us that those who enjoy a high status have the power to change our minds or convince us of an opinion, but now, we know that we even speak differently to them.
Both men and women alter their pitch when speaking to others who are dominant or prestigious, but those folks don’t change their tone or volume, suggesting they’re aware that they’re confident and in control.
The shape of your face, body posture, facial expression and voice change to reflect how you perceive your social status.
Be aware of how these dynamics may change the way the listener hears your message. Go to that interview and get that job!
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