When you give a presentation, it is reasonable to feel tense, especially when public speaking is not what you always do.

When you talk fast, you make your audience work hard to understand your message. Sometimes, you forget to pause and jumble the words. Usually, when you do not control your anxiety, your body reacts. 

Distinct physical responses include increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and the release of stress hormones. In effect, you may experience having a shaky voice. Next, you may talk fast.

Public speaking is fundamentally about delivering a message that helps solve your audience’s problems and life challenges. However, when you talk fast, the crowd may firstly not understand what you’re talking about, and they may not be able to solve their problem.

When you rush during a presentation, it can affect your diction. When we juggle through your words, our tongue and lips can’t keep up with your mind. Mispronunciation of vowels and consonants can happen.

Here are three tips in helping you talk slow enough to be understood.

1. Pace your words properly. When you prepare notes before a presentation, you can create and practice to slow down your talk to 110 words per minute. You may practice speaking in front of a mirror and use a timer when you talk. Pacing your speech can help develop a slower presenting style, making you a more effective speaker.

2. Plan your pauses before your talk. You may mark where you need to place a pause in your notes. If you don’t have a physical copy of your speech, create mental cues for pauses. For instance, you can tap your foot after a paragraph.

3. Practice your pacing and diction at the same time. Pronounce vowels and consonants well through continuous practice. You may try tongue twisters to exercise muscles in your mouth. Overall, proper diction helps your presentation. Tongue twisters help you slow down your vocal cadence.

If you want to present a presentation that inspires, you need to be understood. Slowing down when presenting helps your audience catch up with you. To add to this, preparation is key. Give yourself days or weeks to prepare and practice.

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