One of the most common issues when it comes to conversation is talking too fast or talking too slow. However for this post we will focus on the “Talking too fast” problem
The reason for this problem is that their are a lot of triggers for talking too fast. Perhaps the person is just excited, a motor mouth, maybe nervous, or it could even be a sign of insecurity.
The problem with this is that for one, it makes the person seem insecure or nervous. It gives the impression that you are trying to get out everything as quickly as possible, in fear of losing the other persons attention. That you are worried they will not stay attentive to what is being said.
The second problem with talking too fast, is that it makes what is being said difficult to process by the brain. This is because there is rarely pauses in the information. Normally when there is a pause in what is being said, the brain recognizes that break and process what was just said.
Imagine listening to a person speaking after after 20 sentences they then pause and repeated.
Now compared that to a pause every 3 sentences. The 3 sentences will be able to digest than the 20 sentences because of the shorter bursts.
Lucky for us though there are some tip to help deal with this issue.
- Enunciate the words when spoken this will force the speaker to speak slower , and more clearly.
- Take more pauses when speaking to allow the listeners to absorb what was said.
- Maintain eye contact with the audience. this will allow the speaker to judge how the audience is receiving the information and make judgements on when to slow down so as not to overwhelm.
- Ask more questions , this is a tactic to help the speaker be more consistent with the pauses and to help engage the listener to ensure they are well…listening