Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Testing One, Two, Three, Can You Hear Me?
I've heard a lot of people talk about writing voice lately and thought I'd throw my two cents in. It's not as complicated as you might think.
I lived in Kentucky for awhile when I was in my twenties, doing missionary work. One day I needed to call the operator to get a local phone number for someone named Chris. I have a Rhode Island accent, more Bostonized now that I've lived here longer than anywhere else. I told the man on the line that I needed the number for Chirs So and So, pronounced Kris. He didn't understand me. So I said it again. No recognition... Finally feeling stranded in another country, I realized it was my accent he didn't get, so I put on my Southern drawl and asked him if he could please give me the number for Kree-iss So and So. Immediately he relaxed, apologized and gave me the number. It was a great lesson in communication for me. He couldn't understand my voice, although he knew for sure that I had one.