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Give Me a Break

Sometimes you need to give the audience a break... a mental break that is.

Remember the Simon and Garfunkel song, "Slow down you move too fast..."?

In my public speaking course I apply that same message to your presentations, most people tend to talk too fast (unless y'all be from Aaalllaaaabbbaaammmaaa).

Here are some tips to help you slow down your talking.

  • Imagine that your audience is filled with young children and you need to explain some difficult concept to them. You must speak slower than normal so they can understand what you are trying to say. Don't talk down to your audience, but slowly and carefully talk with them. Slowly lift and enlighten their minds with the important message you have for them.
  • Try using difficult, but memorable, word combinations which will make you slow down so you don't mess them up.
  • When practicing during your public speaking course, do specific exercises that concentrate on changing the speed of your delivery so you have better control over your talks. Remember silence also communicates, so with "fertile minds", use "pregnant pauses".
  • By varying the speed of your presentation you make it more interesting automatically.
  • Practice your sessions out loud. I repeat, you must practice voice pacing and inflection out loud. You can even use a digital recorder to play back and be your own "worst critic" or your first level professional speaking coach.
  • To save time, the voice pacing exercises can be done in the car, or while doing your hair or jogging, etc. Sure, people will see you at times and wonder who your talking to, but when your audience hears what you sound like after your public speaking course, they will likely remember "WOW"!
  • Often "less is more", so cut out some of your material so that you do not feel rushed to get it all in one speech.
  • Going faster is usually useless because the retention level drops so low that you may as well have not even said the material in the first place.

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