Your vocal quirks could be costing you jobs
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Some people can’t help it, others put it on – the use of vocal fry and upspeak could cost you at your next job interview

First impressions are crucial – and for better or worse, our voices play a big part.

Unfortunately, there are some methods of speaking that many people judge to be potential pitfalls in the professional world. Two of those speaking styles are called vocal fry and upspeak – also known as uptalk – and they colour the voices of millions of people the world over.

But is it fair to judge people based on these vocal habits? What do they sound like to potential bosses, friends, mates? And why are they so off-putting to some?

Video by Kat Sud, Maeve Burke and Bowen Li.


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