I’ve cautioned against up-talk in this space for several years as a career-killer.
It makes you sound clueless, full of doubt, unsure of even the most basic facts.
Up-talk is the habit of inflecting all of your sentences up at the end, so that everything you say sounds like a question.
Even declarative sentences sound like questions.
Now, research in Britain by Pearson Education substantiates the bad news for the world’s up-talkers.
Want a promotion? Don’t speak like an AUSSIE: Rising in pitch at the end of sentences make you sound ‘insecure’
- Inflections added to the end of sentences are called high-rising terminals
- The language trait is common in Australian and American accents
- As a result, the trait is also known as Australian Question Intonation (AQI)
- UK publisher Pearson surveyed 700 men and women in managerial roles
- More than half said if a Briton used AQI it would hinder their prospects
- While 85% said the trait was a ‘clear indicator of insecurity’
Read more Here in the Daily Mail.