Have you ever worried that you speak too fast?
Check out this guy, John Moschitta Jr. He is an American actor who is famous for his ability to speak fast and has appeared in countless American commercials as well as movies and Tv shows.
Moschitta has appeared in The Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Fastest Talker and has the ability to articulate 586 words per minute!
John’s ability to speak at a very fast pace but annunciate at the same time, is a gift. Something very difficult to do but not something you need in to be able to do in your every day life.
We come across a lot of people who feel they speak too fast and unless you have John’s gift, this can risk the clarity of your words. You also risk the audience “tuning out” as they simply cannot keep up with you.
•Pace is the speed at which we speak. It can be expressed in Words Per Minute
•Conversational speech can take place as quickly as 180 – 200 wpm
•200 wpm is too fast for presenting information
•You should aim to speak at 120 – 150 wpm
•To avoid monotony is it important to vary your pace (this is known as rate)
Focus on the clarity of your words to stop speaking too fast. Allow yourself, to take the time you need to breathe you will automatically slowdown. So it is vital to slow down and allow yourself to pause and breathe!
You also need to be mindful that you need to vary pace – a good rule to consider is to slow down for the important information and speed up for background information – classic tension/release at work.
Here’s are some useful tips on pace
A good speech is one that is memorable. A good speech is usually not too long. One of the greatest virtues a speaker can possess is brevity. This begs the question, how does one go about constructing and delivering an address to an audience?
There are some basic principles that should be observed.
- Never speak on a subject about which you know nothing or are in anyway unsure.
- Do not be tempted to give an impromptu speech until you are very experienced.
- Try not to make too many points.
- Remember rehearsal is also extremely important.
Many top speakers spend hours practicing their delivery and this is time well spent. Paying particular attention to the voice is good advice because if you are not used to speaking in public, then you will need to establish how to project and produce your voice effectively.
Here’s another example of John at his, err… “Prime”, excuse the pun 🙂
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