Fast speakers often report that they want to slow down. They usually know when they don’t understand, and it feels frustrating. The problem is that they don’t know how to speak slow.
People speak quickly for many reasons. Some do it because of the culture of their community, while others do it to convey their message when someone is listening to what is important to them.
Sometimes a rapid speech rate is the first sign of a neurological disorder, such as Parkinson’s disease, mental retardation, medication side effects, or other impairment. If the following suggestions are not effective, or there are other symptoms, readers should consider contacting their physician.
Practice speaking very slowly while tapping your feet. Start by describing the room you are in, one word per tap of your foot. Change the topic that interests you a little more, and then finally try to talk about your family. The more interesting your work or your favorite hobby topic is for you, the harder it is to remember to slow down your rate.
Remember that you speak so that people will understand you clearly. If you talk too fast, your message will not be understood. When speaking about technical topics for an audience in another area, speak a little slower to give ideas about what you are discussing.
If you speak too fast while giving a speech, try to slow it down by opening your mouth as soon as you speak. Practice your speech often, so that you can relax while giving a presentation. This will allow you to see the audience, so you can see if the audience understands your message.
Reducing your rate takes time, and giving a peer signal will help you when you are speaking too fast. Your reward will be knowing that your message will be easily understood by others!