Want to sound like a leader? Start by saying your name right | Laura Sicola | TEDxPenn

  • Published on Jun 5, 2014
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    How do we sound credible? Dr. Sicola (vocalimpactproductions.com/about/) shows how your vocal delivery influences how your message is received, and how to use it to your advantage.
    Watch Laura Sicola's talk to learn how to hone your "vocal executive presence" and make your desired vocal impact!
    *For more information, check out Vocal Impact Productions
    (vocalimpactproductions.com) and Dr. Sicola's RU-clip
    (ru-clip.com/user/LauraSicola) channel*.
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Comments • 2 073

  • Luis Hall
    Luis Hall 10 days ago

    seems like a good concept, interesting information, it was hard to watch/listen to on 0.5x and 2x speed.

  • Adam Carlson
    Adam Carlson 12 days ago


  • lockandloadlikehell
    lockandloadlikehell 13 days ago

    She needs more bodyfat on her.

  • Anonymous Anonymous
    Anonymous Anonymous 13 days ago

    To sound cool, say your last name then then full name.
    Example: I'm Bond, James Bond.

  • Jaerivus McGuillicutti

    Anybody investing in this for an Abbey Road reference will leave disappointed.

  • Jensen Parr
    Jensen Parr 15 days ago

    I have a stutter like my great aunt and I laugh for no reason (I’m psychotic). Leaders are born not made

  • Gaurav Kohli
    Gaurav Kohli 18 days ago

    She is complex

  • BR
    BR 20 days ago

    Margaret Thatcher was not the first woman in British parliament, that was Nancy Astor in 1919; however, MT was the first British female prime minister.

  • Asif Khan
    Asif Khan 22 days ago

    I don't mean to be gender biased but tedx talk of women 99% are of no use and I lose the motivation after 2 mins but when simon sinek, michael vsauce,Dr.ken williams speak those r so magnetic.....

  • Ricky Belmontes
    Ricky Belmontes 22 days ago

    It’s “No, I am our father”

  • Leonel Molbert
    Leonel Molbert 22 days ago

    7:41 wanna go straight to the name staff?

  • Seth Chandler
    Seth Chandler 23 days ago

    Upspeak is very New Zealandish.

  • WingsOnTheBus
    WingsOnTheBus 24 days ago

    There’s nothing wrong with deep-seated pathological insecurity. Right??

  • WingsOnTheBus
    WingsOnTheBus 24 days ago

    I am FURIOUS. My dad has ALWAYS introduced himself this way

  • Jay Ray
    Jay Ray 27 days ago

    Someone give that lady in the audience a cough drop or ask her to step out!!!!

  • Matthew Caldwell
    Matthew Caldwell 27 days ago

    Remedial NLP

  • Mandeep Singh
    Mandeep Singh 27 days ago

    My name is Mandeep Singh

  • Davinder Kumar
    Davinder Kumar 28 days ago

    Nobody is laughing at jokes didn't work 😂😂

  • David Cottrell
    David Cottrell Month ago

    looks like she spends a lot of time in front of a mirror. Not much of a leader...more of a presenter...and actor. not the same.

  • Deepak Nanda
    Deepak Nanda Month ago

    Most nonsensical TED Talk ever.. BS.

  • vernick smith
    vernick smith Month ago


  • Sämir E. Tarcheh
    Sämir E. Tarcheh Month ago

    This was a huge waste of time. I can only remember the story about her nephew, so I think she should work more on her tonality, but most importantly on the content!

  • ooqɐqɐʎ ooqɐqɐʎ

    I can't stand this woman and I don't know why.

  • Provoganda
    Provoganda Month ago

    Leaders don't need others to know how to be a leader. Not everybody is a leader, not everybody needs to be one. To push yourself in a direction you're not made for - otherwise you'll make yourself and others suffer.

  • DeShawn Williams
    DeShawn Williams Month ago

    This presenter sucks...... thereof.

  • Canguro Z
    Canguro Z Month ago

    her voice sound aggressive, which doesn't support what she is talking about

  • Cheyenne Sandoval
    Cheyenne Sandoval Month ago

    Dude. I swear, whenever I was a Ted talk with a female speaker the comments are almost always about their physical appearance, and critiquing and shortening their speeches. She has some very interesting points if only people would listen, and not obsess over her looks or that her talk is "too long"

  • I am Human
    I am Human Month ago

    My name is Jeff^

  • doo 'n dwee be doo shwah

    So what if I have a middle name do I pronounce it in a pitch that's between my first name and my last name does it have to end up sounding like a musical chord?

  • doo 'n dwee be doo shwah

    Yeah I already know how to say my name right I don't understand why you would think I don't say it right you don't know me you've never met me and you don't know my name by the way it's Ted how many other ways can you say it ffs?

  • Allan Rasco
    Allan Rasco 2 months ago

    In the three main pillars of Executive Presence the first is "Appearance". This speaker, in my opinion, violates the first and most important of them all with what she is wearing. She may need to read or re-read "Dress for Success". Nothing about her "appearance" (well defined muscular bare arms) makes her look like an "Executive.

  • justin
    justin 2 months ago

    shes so choppy and almost scared shes the wrong choice for a public speaker bad for the channel

  • DTM
    DTM 2 months ago

    I absolutely HATE up-speak! And it is so prevalent in american society... What is going on?

  • Vitu
    Vitu 2 months ago +1

    Uptalk came from Disney's teenage shows

  • Alberto Guevara
    Alberto Guevara 2 months ago

    Your outline does not present any explicit example.

  • Eugene Murray
    Eugene Murray 2 months ago

    The first MP was Constance Gore Booth...AKA Countess Markiewicz of Sinn Fein in 1918, but did not take her seat.
    We do ourselves no favours when we ignore the shameful bits of Irish History that everyone else knows...
    If we confront it, we can deal with it positively for everyone's benefit.
    Not least in negotiations post Brexit.

  • Eleanor Geraghty
    Eleanor Geraghty 2 months ago

    Margaret Thatcher was not the first woman in British parliament, the first woman in parliament to take her seat as an MP was Nancy Astor in 1919. Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister in Britain.



  • Christy
    Christy 2 months ago

    This made me feel better about having a deep voice for a female lol.

  • Jamie Cheng
    Jamie Cheng 2 months ago

    give her a round of applause. and that person in the audience a cough drop, please.

  • prathamesh tondulkar
    prathamesh tondulkar 2 months ago

    You are beautiful

  • Glenn Goryl
    Glenn Goryl 2 months ago

    (per Wikipedia), Constance Georgine Markievicz (Countess Markievicz) was the first woman elected to the British Parliament (Countess Markievicz, elected in 1918).

  • Shahid
    Shahid 2 months ago

    I think I'll do better at Ted talks
    Next topic : how to win an argument?
    Answer: stay calm
    The video will be 15 minutes tho

  • Gabriel G
    Gabriel G 2 months ago

    Her mannerisms felt very contrived and too repetitive, which is ironic because, as much as whateve she was speaking on, her mannerisms caught my eye, to where that’s all I could do, is watch her hands and take note on how little her movents varied or broke their pattern.

  • Karen Chadwick
    Karen Chadwick 2 months ago

    You can't engineer a leader.

  • Social Mathematics
    Social Mathematics 2 months ago

    I Prefer Honesty as the Start Point.

  • Osman Ismail
    Osman Ismail 2 months ago


    D Nice

  • Parnavi Singh
    Parnavi Singh 3 months ago

    What's vocal executive presence?

  • Tomek Grochowski
    Tomek Grochowski 3 months ago

    cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough

  • ToMegaMahaPan
    ToMegaMahaPan 3 months ago

    Amazing amount of professional communicators in these comments...

  • kustom13rods
    kustom13rods 3 months ago


  • Beto L
    Beto L 3 months ago

    For all her talk about delivery, she does a very poor job executing. That's what happens when you put style over substance

  • Simon Reynolds
    Simon Reynolds 3 months ago

    The first woman to sit in the UK parliament was Nancy Astor, not Margaret Thatcher.

  • Jason Hacker
    Jason Hacker 3 months ago

    I bet she smashes it at CrossFit

  • Drew Swanson
    Drew Swanson 3 months ago

    I wanted to hear what she had to say, but i couldn't stand listening to her. Not a great public speaker, whichhl is ironic.

  • HarDiMonPetit
    HarDiMonPetit 4 months ago

    Don't want to "sound like a leader"! Want to lead!

  • Water Ski Lake Austin
    Water Ski Lake Austin 4 months ago

    Bravo!well communicated! Thank you!

  • Lila Floyd
    Lila Floyd 4 months ago

    For a Ted Talk on speaking, this lady is not that great an orator. Some of her words choices felt rather misplaced and awkward.

  • Jay DeVeas
    Jay DeVeas 4 months ago

    Great build up, with a close that left me wondering. Huh? Though it does seem that Laura does actually have something of value to share.

  • Wonderboywonderings
    Wonderboywonderings 4 months ago

    "Strategic tonality"

  • José Luis Sosa
    José Luis Sosa 4 months ago

    That belt must go

  • Valerie Mc Phail
    Valerie Mc Phail 4 months ago

    Did we start off with getting our names right? Sicola. Sicilian? In that case it's SEEkola not seeKOLa.

  • Tyrone
    Tyrone 4 months ago

    This was very interesting to hear. I've been introducing myself as such for many years already. I also use a similar approach when saying my cell phone number, especially over a voice mail

  • Duggy Dugg
    Duggy Dugg 4 months ago

    study up on Mel Robbins...she has THE speaking voice ; and presence ; and concrete content

  • Rohit Goswami
    Rohit Goswami 4 months ago

    Welcome sweetheart ..god bless u take care sorry for waiting

  • Patrick
    Patrick 4 months ago

    How to be a real leader instead of just "sound like"?

  • john doe
    john doe 4 months ago

    what if you're not a yes person? or do you know who I am?

  • David Whirled
    David Whirled 4 months ago

    I hadn't even noticed the coughing until I came to the comments to write '' excuse me, did she say snazzy and credibility in the same sentence ?"

  • Mykaya Kelly
    Mykaya Kelly 4 months ago +1

    This talk is very interesting. I learned that by saying your first name going up (like in a higher pitch) and then the last name going down (like in lower pitch). Is the correct way to pronounce your name and that the audience will listen more when you do this.

    • Holly Ortega
      Holly Ortega 4 months ago

      Shut up wired people checking out her arms ... get yourself together and focus on the message she is delivering..geshhh

  • Mark Molloy
    Mark Molloy 4 months ago

    Impossible to take this woman seriously when she says "Margaret Thatcher was the first woman in British parliament".

  • Edgard Cruz
    Edgard Cruz 4 months ago +1

    MY god, this lady coughing at the back

  • Deborah Bloedorn
    Deborah Bloedorn 4 months ago

    Hmmm. At first I thought she sounded like Sophia...giggles. But then she settled into the TEDx Narrative delivery. She's certainly accurate that adjusting for context is important. Unfortunately I find TEDx style monotonous. I have awards for Leadership, Performance, Achievement, etc. I do adjust for context. My background has been in education, marketing & sales. My rule is to be myself and adapt delivery relative to audience which is what she is saying. The rest is non- verbal mirroring and engagement to build rapport. It doesn't matter who you are, a single individual or group. I do the exact same thing every time.

  • GS
    GS 5 months ago +1

    The coughing person ... just step out man

  • Swe232Original
    Swe232Original 5 months ago

    Laura Sicola has been sleeping in the same bag for so long that she forgot to think about her questionings about being a leader.
    A leader can be fit for an army but a leader is also the one who gathers them.
    It is about the will. Everyone can play darth vader, in the characteristic way of understanding the human playing him/her.
    it is about the time, will, and the sacrifices u make by getting there.
    You are all leaders in a way.

  • anubhavsharmaice
    anubhavsharmaice 5 months ago

    fabulous presentation, quite simple but reminded me of some of my lost skills, More power to you Dr. Sicola

  • Dhillon
    Dhillon 5 months ago

    She sounds like a robot 🤖

  • Thomas Hadley
    Thomas Hadley 5 months ago

    she needs to listen to her own squeaky presentation

  • Chandan Uttam
    Chandan Uttam 5 months ago

    I want to leader

  • Amir Jamili
    Amir Jamili 5 months ago

    The message points to have better charisma and as we know charisma is one of the most necessary matters that every successful leader should have.

  • Ghoopi Woldburger
    Ghoopi Woldburger 5 months ago

    Its sad... what shes saying is true but she literally has a robotic delivery....a put on contrived voice crafted from scratch. Sad

  • Jeannie InaBottle
    Jeannie InaBottle 6 months ago +1

    I wish she would’ve addressed vocal fry. Ohhhh how I loathe that sound.

  • Jeannie InaBottle
    Jeannie InaBottle 6 months ago

    9:15 Ohhhh yesssss... the infamous uptalk. Thank you for addressing that annoying trend 😖

  • Pablo Orellana
    Pablo Orellana 6 months ago

    μια ματιά μέσα 🎡

  • Surabhi Chandorkar
    Surabhi Chandorkar 6 months ago

    Freud s law🙄

  • Silk lake
    Silk lake 6 months ago

    I liked the prism analogy Laura

  • Bryan Fuller
    Bryan Fuller 6 months ago

    Just ask Google what is IQ is

  • Bryan Fuller
    Bryan Fuller 6 months ago

    Google's computer IQ is the level of a six-year-old

  • Matt Bailey
    Matt Bailey 6 months ago

    This video is going to be *huge*

  • Matt Bailey
    Matt Bailey 6 months ago

    I guess she is herself still learning to do what she is trying to teach

  • John Gillin
    John Gillin 6 months ago

    Sorry, I did like her voice. It was annoying like Fran Dresher's.

  • Tod McKenna
    Tod McKenna 6 months ago

    I stopped after 0:33 and started listening to Lawn Boy instead

  • Chris Beard
    Chris Beard 7 months ago

    Great Talk. BTW the First Female member of UK parliament to take her seat in the commons was Viscountess (Nancy) Astor in 1919 6 years before Baroness (Margaret) Thatcher was born. Right about the voice thing though. :)

  • june barathy
    june barathy 7 months ago

    Our surname is Barathy, has a thing over the second A....Oh and a de in front that we don't use, how should we say it ? Also he was English, now they say the children must take his Nationality >>>

  • FlecheDeFer
    FlecheDeFer 7 months ago

    Always amazed to see how trite remarks become food for thought when said in a TED context...

  • Kathryn94
    Kathryn94 7 months ago

    I thought those were the lyrics too (:

  • J Lester
    J Lester 7 months ago

    The next time you listen to a TV news anchor/reporter ask yourself how weird it would be, in a normal social setting, if that person talked to you or anyone else the way they talk during their broadcast. Why do they do that? They sound ridiculous.

  • Cray Fishe
    Cray Fishe 8 months ago

    She actually has a doctorate? I'd say she's an actress.

  • Mikefule
    Mikefule 8 months ago

    If her easily checkable general knowledge facts are unreliable, everything else she says in a supposedly factual talk is also unreliable. Margaret Thatcher was not the first woman in British Parliament by a very long way indeed. The first was in 1918, although the first to take her seat did so in 1919. As an example, 14 women were elected to parliament in the same year in 1945. Margaret Thatcher was 1 of 3 women elected to parliament in 1959.

    • Fun Bigly
      Fun Bigly 7 months ago

      She might have meant first woman PM, and just fuqqed up. I think most people clicking on these video titles don't care for the incidental factual details anyway, they're more interested in the main take-aways... in this case, "how to _sound_ like a leader" cuz most of them need/want to sound like leaders for some economic reason or other.

  • DiscoCokkroach
    DiscoCokkroach 8 months ago

    I need a TED talk on why people say, "Okay, so..." &, "Basically..." at the start of every sentence.