Speaking more slowly can address a short, but annoying, list of communication challenges – such as junk words, babbling, loss of listener interest and communication confusion. Even if it only works on the first entry, that alone would justify stopping everything right now to speak just a bit more s l o w ly. Well, not that slow. Still:
- Speaking at a measured pace can help you reduce the use of junk words such as you know (sometimes enunciated as “yyho”), um, and the nails-on- chalkboard scourge, “like.”
- It gives your brain a few nanoseconds to gather your thoughts, letting you continually choose your direction, respond to listener cues and drive your words more accurately.
- Slower speech has been shown to be more persuasive in many situations.
- Slower speech conveys thoughtfulness, deliberation and confidence.
- It lets others follow you more easily, especially when you are communicating a layered idea or a story with a turn or two in it.
Whether you’re conversing or presenting, people remember and respond to only a portion of what you are saying. Most fast-talkers try to cover too much ground, or they’re repeating themselves. Either way, express delivery wastes most of those words.