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Slow your speech

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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.

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