Best Voice... Worst Voice

As we head into the festive holiday season, there can be so much joy and love for humanity this time of year...

And yet, if you've been to the malls recently, you'll also know it can be an all-out brawl - even in the parking lot before anyone's left their car,  you'll see the frustration as people are circling, 'car stalking', and/or fighting over spots so they can 'buy presents and spread joy'. 

The holidays can be full of excitement and joy for many people. And sometimes filled with sadness, loneliness, and negative emotions too. 

Often both can feel true from moment to moment. 


Regardless of your personality blend, I can guarantee that you have both a 'Best Voice', and a 'Worst Voice'.

Under pressure (like during the holiday season), you may sometimes find your 'worst voice' falling out of your mouth without containment or restraint. 

Or you may find yourself surprised to hear other people's 'worst voice' hurtling its way toward you for the smallest thing. 

Let's take a look at how some of that might show up, depending on any particular blend:

Best Voice - Worst Voice

D

Best Voice
Dynamic
Discerning
Powerful

Worst Voice
Demanding
Dogmatic/Dismissive
Aggressive

Powerful Action
Start Listening
Be Open
Speak Last


I

Best Voice
Inspiring
Influential
Entertaining

Worst Voice
Emotional/Explosive
Illogical/Erratic
Irrational

Powerful Action
Stop Talking
Start Listening
It's Not Personal


S

Best Voice
Supportive
Empathetic
Steady

Worst Voice
Invisible
Self-Sacrificing
Unleashing (if
pushed too far!)

Powerful Action
Ask Questions
Share Ideas
Engage


C

Best Voice
Curious/Interested
Contemplative
Commending

Worst Voice
Critical/Cutting
Complaining
Cold

Powerful Action
Engage Empathy
Ask Positive Questions

People Matter More 
Than Process


Taking Powerful Action

Our most powerful moments with other people are always when we are using our 'best voice'. But even when our 'worst voice' rears its ugly head, there are some powerful actions you can take to regain balance. 

Depending on your main personality trait, you can swing the pendulum back to your best self by using some of the techniques mentioned within each quadrant. 

Lean In. Level Up. Leverage.

Lean In.
No matter which quadrant you reside in most, your Best Voice is your greatest gift.

Level Up.
Notice where you may be slipping into your Worst Voice, and take action quickly to avoid regrettable situations. 

Leverage.
Share yourself. If you notice you're slipping into your Worst Voice, acknowledging it allows you and others to generate a bit more empathy around the situation, as well as to put it all into perspective. 
Sharing vulnerability is the bridge to compassion and connection. 

Use your Best Voice. I promise a more powerful outcome.

You've got this. 

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About the Author

Jennifer Maxwell

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