If you speak too quickly, your audience members won’t be able to follow you. Slow down by implementing these ideas:
- Maintain eye contact. Stay connected with your audience members to observe their facial expressions. If you see signs of confusion or frustration, stop to clarify your point.
- Breathe. Take breaths when it feels natural rather than forcing words until you run out of breath.
- Practice pauses. Plan to pause after key points to allow your audience to fully let them sink in.
— Adapted from “Slow Down, You’re Talking Too Fast!” www.totalcommunicator.com.