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soundmessages John Werner

John Werner’s linguistic journey…

Began as a shy 10-year-old when he asked his brother, “Why don’t we sound like TV?” TV then only had 5 channels. His rough and tumble journey to emotion smarts makes your emotion-smart journey a walk and run in the woods, both fun and challenging.


A sound message is the volume, tone, and speed of words spoken, plus silence, and all other speech sounds from our mouth and throat. Sound messages will support the words, be neutral to them, or completely detract from them.


Sound messages are clues to ourselves and help us manage our spoken words, especially with feedback from others. Sound messages reveal our emotions and the emotions of others. They are critical clues needed to manage our relationships with others.


John has science degrees in Engineering (BS, Missouri S&T) and Organization Development (MS, Pepperdine University), an AA degree with an emphasis in music (St. Louis Community College), and a few linguistic workshops (TOTAL It Up and COLANG 2012). 

By combining linguistics with music theory, he is the leader in all things Emotion Smart.

Follow Your Ears,


Founder & President

A Special Thanks to the Pioneers of Our Industry

Dr. Daniel Goleman published “Emotional Intelligence” in 1995. I knew it was significant. I recommend listening to his audio version.

Dr. John Gottman describes certain tones (i.e., certain sound messages) he listens for in couples he counsels. Some tones are good to use and some are not good to use. They are now labeled and learnable!

Dr. Travis Bradberry wrote “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” with Dr. Jean Greaves. Its purpose is to increase your EQ.

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