Does the way you speak reveal how much you earn?
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Research shows that high-earning CEOs speak a certain way – what does your own voice say about your own income?

This story is part of a series called Voice & Power, which analyses the relationships between our voices and our incomes,  our careers and our power.

Give a firm handshake. Make eye contact. Remember people’s names. Our working lives have long been filled with behaviours that supposedly make you more successful, build more contacts or help you earn more money.

But what about the way we speak? Do our voices affect our income? Can we change our speaking patterns to be more successful? And in what ways are we unfairly biased against certain types of voices?

Text by David Robson, video by Sebastian Diaz Aguirre with additional editing by Maeve Burke. Shot at Steinway Hall, New York City.


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