“Watch your tone”, you often heard as child.
Those were the words of a wise parent or grandparent who had learned from life’s experience that a positive tone will open doors of opportunity while a negative tone of impatience, anger, or arrogance will close that same door.
I have learned that It’s not “what” you say but “how” you say it that touches the heart and minds of others.
Following an inspirational seminar, a young participant asked an internationally known speaker how did he develop the ability to express his thoughts in a variety of tones and pauses with great emphasis on key words that inspire his audiences over and over again. The passionate speaker replied “I don’t have an answer for you. I have never thought about it.”
In the next moment I found myself speaking up because the internationally known speaker had inspired me as well. His voice spoke to the depths of my heart, soul, and mind.