Watch Your Tone!

Jada Garnett, Editor

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No, not the amazing Bancroft singing group Watch Your Tone, but today we are going to be talking about tone when you speak to someone in a conversation. So the question is: Does Tone Matter?

When you are speaking with someone, it is important the way you relay your message to them. For example, if you say to someone “I need to talk to you” with a smile on your face in a high pitched, joyous voice, the person will think you have some good news for them. However, if you say “I need to talk to you” with a mad/sad face in a deep, angry voice, well, the person is most likely going to be scared about whatever they are about to hear. Tone matters because tone helps with the emphasis of what you are saying. If you don’t use tone or use the wrong tone, the meaning behind what you are saying may come across as different than you intended.

For those who are still not convinced that tone matters, it really does because tone can change the whole meaning of what you are saying. You cannot say what you really want without your message getting lost in translation if you do not use the right tone. It is definitely not the end of the world if you use the wrong tone when speaking to someone; it is just something to be careful of going forward. Tone does matter… do you want what you say to get lost in translation and fall apart and shatter?