If you are speaking to a group and your rate of speech is very fast, your audience will tune you out and mentally make plans for dinner or whatever. Speaking too fast has been my challenge for decades. I grew-up thinking I stutter; however, when I was 29 years old, a very competent speech pathologist informed me that I don’t stutter. Rather, I clutter, which means I talk too fast.
Now, how to address it. Be assured that you this will greatly enhance your articulation. That is, emphasize the last sound of each word you speak. This may sound odd for you at first but will sound very polished to the listener. I assure you.
Also, pause. No more than six (6) words at a time without a pause. Even less….than six…will work….nicely.
Also, use a full voice. It may sound odd to you for a while, but not to the audience. No one ever talks down to someone using a full voice.
If you would like to learn how I became a better speaker, read the ebook, Rise Above: Conquering Adversities on Amazon Kindle. It’s also available online in paperback format.
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All my best to you!