Speaking slowly can help make you a more effective communicator. In this video, learn how to use techniques to help you slow down.
- For those of us who habitually speak quickly, here are a few good ways to slow yourself down. Rather than speaking quickly, letting one word run into the others, slightly stretch the vowel sounds in each word. Slightly stretching the vowels allows you to linger longer over each word and connect to its meaning and impact. What that does is help you deliver one thought at one time. Here's another way to slow down when you talk. Visualize your brain and tongue moving in perfect synchronicity, brain here, mouth here. Right now as I'm speaking to you, I have no idea what's going to be in my next sentence because I'm focusing on what I'm saying as I say it. Tethering your brain and tongue helps you deliver that one thought at one time. Talking slowly helps you control what you say as you say it. Sometimes, uh, when people speak quickly, uh, they're so uncomfortable, uh, with silence, that, um, they speak very quickly and riddle their words with uh, um, and guttural sounds. The uhs and the ums fill the space between our brain and our tongue, brain and tongue each fighting it out, resulting in that disconnection. Blame racing brain syndrome for that, and the fact the person talking probably isn't breathing right. Instead of saying uh and um, only say a word when you know what that word is. Because what's happening now is a speaker, uh, is searching for, uh, the right words, and um, in their effort, uh, uh, to find that, uh, right word, they, uh, uh, say um a lot. Whereas if the speaker pauses and breathes during the pause, what they'll find is that the words will flow to them, making them more articulate than ever. A lot of us don't even realize we say uh or um a lot. So I'm going to share with you a fun exercise to help us say it less often and help us slow down. Try this exercise with friends or colleagues. Try not to say uh and um. And if you do, people in the room will clap. Say uh or um a lot during this exercise and it'll sound as if you're getting a big round of applause, only not for the right reasons. Pausing instead of using uh or um allows a speaker to slow down and breathe properly. So be sure to breathe during the pause. Otherwise, it gives us the deer in the headlights look. By slowing down, you're able to control every single word and add emphasis to important points. As a byproduct of slowing down, you build up drama as the audience draws closer and wonders what you'll say next.
- Organizing your thoughts
- Speaking slowly, naturally, and confidently
- Breathing properly
- Using your body to reinforce speech
- Managing facial expressions
- Handling nervousness
- Voice modulation, eye contact, and gestures