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  1. Rg Hatfield
    November 11, 2018 @ 6:28 pm

    Very interesting and informative. How many times have we all sat through a presentation where the speaker’s voice (or their lack of familiarity with good audio technique) was so irritating that we couldn’t wait to have them get of the stage? Where do find this sort of training?

  2. Dakota
    June 3, 2019 @ 4:46 am

    You mentioned that speaking too quickly is a common problem. That struck a chord with me because I know that I’m one of the biggest culprits. I constantly get tongue-tied, mesh words together, and end up producing incomprehensible sentences.

    I want to speak more slowly but find it hard to break the habit. Are there any techniques I could utilize to improve?

  3. Jessica McClanahan
    October 16, 2019 @ 5:10 pm

    Speaking too quickly is sometimes a sign that you are thinking ahead instead of staying in the moment. Unfortunately though, you audience won’t be able to appreciate your quick mind if the resulting output is incomprehensible. Sometimes we speak too quickly out of a sense that what we have to say may not be worthy of the time and space needed to say it. That taps into a much deeper social/emotional issues.

    If you were my student/client I’d have you start with an audio book that you also have a hard copy of. Begin by listening to the delivery style of a voice professional as they read a page of text. Next, turn on a recording device such as a smartphone, and give it a try yourself. Focus on being in the moment and replicating the precision of diction and the pace you previously heard. Be sure you are not just speaking the words, but also comprehending them as you go. Do this one page a night and after 30 days, your muscle response will begin to change. You will find you can access this skill for prepared remarks and override nerves if you have them. I hope this helps.

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