I loved the brilliant movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.” When I saw the chest thumping chant scene between Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio, I was addicted to the rhythm. For several days, I chest thumped while I hummed in a deep voice. No matter where I was or who was around, I repeatedly re-enacted that scene. The rhythm soothed me.
This morning I’m headed to the Good Morning Show on WFMY News 2 to share body language tips that’ll help people increase their confidence and soothe their interview jitters. While I reviewed various techniques, I realized that this chest thumping chant scene could be a strategic move to help you calm yourself before your next job interview. How? I’m glad you asked.
You see when you get nervous your voice can naturally rise in pitch when you talk. This high pitch reveals your nervousness and uncertainty. One way to prevent your voice from betraying you is to chest thump and chant in soothing manner. When you deliberately hum in a deep voice at a slow, steady pace for a minute or two, you’ll naturally calm yourself. The humming along with the chest thump has a meditative quality that will relax you and will reduce your pitch. After your relaxing chant, you’ll notice your voice is a little deeper and you’ll feel more relaxed. Try it. And let me know how it works for you.