We generally use musical terms to categorize voices: soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass. People with high-pitched voices give the impression of being nervous, immature, lacking in confidence, emotional, or even hysterical. People with low-pitched voices sound confident and competent.
You can modify your voice once you become aware of your pitch. For the most part, your posture and breathing control how you sound. Standing or sitting erect, expanding your diaphragm, and breathing deeply will help you lower your pitch. Voice coaches, self-help recordings, and books can tell you exactly how to effect and practice this change. If you want to make it to the boardroom, adopt the lower, hushed tones most often heard there.
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