Vocal Executive Presence: Speak Like a Leader


For more than a decade, Dr. Laura Sicola has been lecturing, researching, coaching, and publishing on pronunciation, cognition, the voice and related effects on learning. She speaks English, Spanish and Japanese and has studied Arabic and Italian. She is the founder of the Sicola Consulting Group, providing linguistic and cross-cultural training for organizations and individuals seeking to improve their communication skills to meet the needs of the global workforce.

Dr. Sicola helps people establish themselves as leaders whose voices are heard and messages are accurately received, while making authentic connections with their audiences, by helping them develop their Vocal Executive Presence (VEP).

From Kyoto to Cairo and California to Connecticut, she has delivered workshops and long-term curricula in areas ranging from advanced business English and intelligibility, cross-cultural acuity, presentation and public speaking skills, and private coaching for management and other employees. Her client list includes IBM, the Wharton School of Business, JP Morgan/Chase, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Dr. Sicola talked with us about:

What is executive presence?

  • You have to command respect rather than demanding it.
  • Walk the walk.
  • Talk the talk.
  • Look the part.
  • Be credible.

How can leadership presence really make a defining difference in establishing a business person, coach, or thought leader as that leader?

  • Do you sound like a leader?
  • DRESS your message with the sound of your voice.
  • You have 7 seconds to make a first impression–the next 7 seconds are what counts when you open your mouth.

We also learned about adapting your voice, recognizing who your audience is and what they need to hear from you; how to say your name clearly and with intonation so that people remember it, and so much more…

Each month 95,000 people tune-in to tune-up their performance and learn more about Emotional Intelligence. Join us today as we talk with Dr. Sicola about VEP and making your words matter. Listen to the complete recording, without commercials, above.

Coach’s Corner

Confidence Strategy-Current Success Log

In continuing our focus on hands-on tools to raise your Confidence, there is another strategy adapted from Leading with Emotional Intelligence. As an outgrowth of creating your Success Log in the last blog, keep a current log of daily or weekly successes and achievements.

The More-Over

As a Self-Awareness exercise it is important to know about your strengths, passions and excitement. I often ask clients to follow what impresses them. If you are impressed by someone or something, what is it that impresses you? Usually it is something that I could do more of or better for me. Then what are some actions to do those behaviors or characteristics more. In coaching, I tell leaders it is not about doing a make-over but a more-over. Read more…

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