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. …
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Be a Better Communicator
2. Honing Your Message
3. Say It Like You Mean It
4. Look Like You Mean It
5. Confronting Anxiety
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