Why is it that some people come across more confident and professional sounding? There are the obvious signs such as body language, use of good grammar and clear demonstration that one is well educated and has good knowledge of the subject matter being discussed. But there are a few traits that are becoming more frequent. The first is ‘vocal fry’, a tendency to add a kind of grating vibrato to speech, best described here. The second is that annoying upturn at the end of sentences, even if they are not questions and when it is done repetitively. This is a good video which discusses the latter. The third is the tendency to trail off at the end of sentences.
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