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  • May 01, 2013

    Press Release: Speak Like a Leader - How Women are Changing the Perception of Leadership Voices

     

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    AUSTIN, May 1, 2013 - When you envision a leader, you may think of someone tall, strong, confident, intelligent and authentic with the ability to inspire others. When you think of a leader’s voice, you may think of someone whose voice is authoritative, clear, energetic, and deep. Academic research has shown that, historically, a lower pitch has been associated with leadership and authority. As we noted in a previous Quantified Communications analysis, this proclivity may be due to evolution. In the past, when a leader’s responsibilities were primarily physical, testosterone (which contributes to lower pitch) was a good indicator of potential leadership skills. But our view of competent leadership has changed. While in the past we would look for someone who could protect us physically, we now need leaders who can protect us by their intelligence, through the decisions they make. So we wondered, as our leadership ideals change, are the characteristics of leaders also changing?

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  • Apr 30, 2013

    Press Release: Britney Spears vs. Hillary Clinton: How Young Women Use Vocal Fry and Uptalk

    AUSTIN, April 30, 2013 – Why have young women continued to talk like Valley Girls long after other vocal fads from the same era, like surfer slang, have come and gone? Many young women still converse in uptalk, the rising intonation that makes statements sound like questions, sprinkling their comments with vocal fry, the creaky, low-pitched voice that sounds a little like gagging. Both vocal mannerisms are often described as annoying, making the speaker seem insecure, immature, and even unintelligent. You’d think that as women advance in the work place and in the public sphere, they’d leave this kind of girl talk behind.

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  • Apr 24, 2013

    WSJ: How Does a Successful CEO Sound?

    Exciting to see the Wall Street Journal using our analytics!

     

    How Does a Successful CEO Sound?

    How do you project success? For men, new research suggests it may help to have a nice, deep bass.

    Professors from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and University of California, San Diego's Rady School of Management studied the vocal pitches of 792 male chief executives at publicly traded companies. They wanted to find out whether deep voices correlated with success. Prior research has shown that a Barry White-like bass is often preferable when it comes to selecting a mate. A separate Duke study last year found that voters favor political candidates with deeper voices.

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  • Apr 24, 2013

    WSJ: Is This How You Really Talk?

    We're thrilled to provide the idea and analytics for this Wall Street Journal article on how voices are perceived in the work place.

     

    It is hard to hear the sound of your own voice. But that sound may affect other people's impressions of you even more than what you say.

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  • Feb 18, 2013

    Are Deep-Voiced Males Perceived as More Competent? A Vocal Analysis of the Past Ten Presidents

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  • Feb 13, 2013

    Press Release: The Science of Valentine’s Day: The Five Best and Worst Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

    AUSTIN, February 12, 2013 – The most powerful Valentine’s Day vow of 2013 is: You’re my soul mate and the love of my life.”

    Valentine’s Day, on February 14th, is a day of communicating to your loved one just how much they mean to you. But what exactly should you say? What words will have the most impact?

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  • Feb 13, 2013

    State of the Union Analytics – Obama clearly focused on jobs

    Quantified Communications analysis of State of the Union

     

    Obama had a clear focus in last night’s State of the Union: jobs. Applying a quantified communications analysis of the key concepts from the address last night, Obama connected jobs with just about every other issue in his speech - from women to energy security to the deficit.

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  • Oct 23, 2012

    Press Coverage on ABC: Presidential Debate Decoder: Obama Out-Zingered Romney

    Wonderful article on ABC.com about our debate analytics. Link to full article here

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  • Oct 22, 2012

    Press Coverage: London Daily Telegraph: Former President Bill Clinton rides to the help of President Barack Obama

    Great to see our analytics on the second presidential debate covered by the London Daily Telegraph:

    "Did the second debate mute Mitt's momentum in the race? That remains unclear. It's safe to say Obama probably stopped the bleeding. The question is: how much blood to did he lose after the first debate?

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  • Oct 18, 2012

    Press Release: Quantifying the Second Presidential Debate

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    Quantifying the Second Presidential Debate: New Science of Quantified Communications Objectively Compares Candidate's Performances

    AUSTIN, October 18, 2012 – Did Barack Obama really improve in the second debate? Did Mitt Romney continue to communicate effectively at this critical stage? According to new data just released by personal communications analytics company Quantified Communications, President Obama made a variety of key changes in his communication effectiveness, while Mitt Romney strongly maintained his communications strategy from the first debate.

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