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Hello, Is it me you’re looking for…


Hello, Is it me you're looking for...


Remember the song of Lionel Richie – Is it me you’re looking for, And I wonder where you are, And I wonder……Hello !

November 21, 2017 is the 45th annual World Hello Day. Say hello to at least ten people on the day. By greeting others, the message is for personal communication to preserve peace. The event began in 1973 by Brian and Michael McCormack in response to the Yom Kippur War. Since then World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.

HELLO” – When we say this five lettered word, it’s the sound that makes a big difference. The voice is the power within you, the inner reflection of your soul. Voice has a special depth of thoughts and can influence your whole life as well as others.

I have every year conducted the Hello Day classroom activity and it is most commonly noticed while talking to them they revealed that saying ‘Hello’ takes a bit slow especially to strangers, to friends or relatives who come home. And, for children, it is a shy syndrome and needs to be encouraged to say ‘Hi’ – nevertheless, it is the role of a parent or a teacher to help children come out of the complex or even whatever they been doing and care to say Hello as a measure of courtesy and gesture.

Psychologists say, first impressions are correct 67% of the time. Touch the heart of the listener and they’ll barely notice if your voice is less than mellifluous or if your hand gestures are a little too choppy. Monotonous speaker loses touch with her essential enthusiasm. A humorless speaker temporary lose touch with her essential joy and becomes a bore whereas a theoretical speaker lose touch with her humanity and reality. One need to be in perfect sync with the audience or a listener. Flat, forgettable and monotonous voice are no more the choice of listeners. The sound of your voice should arouse emotion, feelings and gut level reactions in other people.

Positive voice influence makes a big difference. Never underestimate the power of your voice. People judge you by the way you speak! The tone of your voice is often revealing. 55% of the message is revealed with facial expressions, body language and gestures and 38% of the message reduce effectiveness due to flat or distracting, annoying and boring. 7% only counts for content deliverance. This is as per the research of UCLA study conducted by Dr. Albert Mehrabian. Distracting words are often those spoken ‘like’ – ‘ummm’ – ‘aaah’ – ‘I mean’ – the slang! ‘Whatever’ often is taken granted as the conversation is abrupt or put to end. This catch phrase makes the speaker sound as if she is shrugging off the conversation and discontinue the talk. A rudeness, verbal slang showing lack of interest. Yet people do go for such words and in sense, this is even taken as ‘style’ of speaking. A pause is the best option to correct this while speaking. A pause adds power and impact to the listener.

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