My Fast Speech
During my two years as a Toastmaster, I began to think of my fast and often frenetic speech as my Achilles’ heel. “Speak slower. Speak slower,” was my mantra every time I approached a lectern. My goal was always to deliver my speech at a comfortable rate. Invariably, my evaluations included, “You spoke so fast, I missed some words,” “You might want to consider some pauses,” and “I was confused about some parts of your story because of the pace.”
Last week, I met with my Evaluator, John Hockey, DTM, and told him my usual goal. He suggested that I concentrate on my enunciation rather than my speed. After speaking for 30 seconds, I could feel it working. I gestured, made eye contact, and included vocal variety. John said it was the best speech I ever gave; many of my colleagues agreed.
When I thanked John for his sage advice, he told me that part of his philosophy comes from his training and education. He explained that when you analyze a process, as an engineer, you learn to focus on one component, and there are often residual benefits to other components.
It worked for me! Thanks, John!
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