Have you ever been at a networking event and struggled to understand someone’s business pitch because they were too fast?
In today’s busy world it is very tempting to rush our communications but this is often counter-productive.
So why are some people too rapid and others quite controlled?
Well it can just be your habit which causes the problem. We are not born with rapid speech, we ‘learn’ our pace from others around us when we are young, and when we are adult, to fit our situation.
The science behind this is interesting. I regularly work with individuals who have lost control of their pace and a substantial percentage of them focus on NUMBERS in their daily life. Jobs that involve working with images and figures often require a fast, calculating brain that does not need words that often. When information needs to be communicated orally it is very fast as the brain is still doing calculations. This can also result in incomplete sentences as the mind is taking the person onto their next thought before they finish the first one!
The other main reason for rapid speech comes from some UK accents which are, in essence, fast. In a very general sense, Northern accents are rather staccato (i.e. some vowels are shortened) and this can cause the finished words to sound clipped, but you will have your own ideas of the ones which you find too fast for easy understanding.
So, what can you do if you want to slow down?
Finally, if all else fails, come and see me or book a SKYPE session. Don’t be a gabbler. When someone’s speech is out of control, that perception can be applied to them as a person too.
Have a great month!