4 Tips to Slow Down

Are you one of those people who when you do a presentation tend to talk too quickly?

It could be for a couple of reasons. One could be because you have too much material and you’re trying to cram it all into a short period of time. Or it might just be that you’re really nervous and you think that the faster you get through it, the sooner you sit down and be done with it.

Well, if you’d like to go slower and have more impact, I’ve got four steps that I think could help. I call it PREP. It stands for:

  • Practice
  • Relax
  • Enunciate
  • Pause

Practice is an obvious place to start. That’s because the more you practice the material, the more comfortable and confident you are when you deliver. While you’re practicing, it’s very important that you time yourself. You need to figure out exactly how much information you can put into the time you have allotted. Once you take out the extra material, you can relax knowing that you won’t have to rush.

In fact, the second letter, R, stands for Relax.  There are two good reasons why you should be relaxed. One is that the people listening to you are actually rooting for you. They could be your coworkers or your managers, but even the people you don’t know want you to do well when you’re speaking in front of them. Number two, remember that you’re there because you have the information. You’re the expert. They brought you there because they want to listen to you. That alone should boost your confidence and help you relax. This especially important for people who have a fear of public speaking.

The E stands for Enunciate. The more you enunciate your words, the slower you’re going to go. Of course, don’t get carried away. I don’t want you to drag out every syllable. But if you enunciate, your pace is going to naturally slow down. Plus, you’re going to be clearer and easier to understand.

The final P stands for Pause. Every now and then in your presentation, take a moment to pause. That pause will do several things. First, it slows down your pace. Second, it gives your brain a chance to think about where you’re going next. That will help reduce the nervous feeling that you’re spiraling out of control. And finally, that pause gives you a chance to make a point. Adding a pause before saying something significant grabs the audience’s attention.

So remember these four public speaking tips. It’s Practice, Relax, Enunciate and Pause. It could slow down your pace, and increase your impact.

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