I’m not sure about you, but when I am nervous or excited about something new, I tend to speak really fast? I have to confess, that I do this both in my own native tongue – English but also in German and Finnish.
So what’s so bad about speaking fast? Surely that’s good isn’t it? Well, if you are comfortable with a language (take your own language as an example), speaking fast could be a reliable indicator of fluency. However the chances are that in a foreign language, the faster you speak, the more mistakes you’ll be making, simply because fast talking requires fast thinking. If you are having to think faster- that puts you under even more pressure so slowing down, gives you a chance to be calmer and to speak more smoothly.
Easier said than done! I know.
In addition, speaking fast gives off “false fluency” messages and those – let me assure you – can land you in extremely deep water! If you speak fast people will assume that you are a really confident speaker of English and be less thoughtful in terms of speaking more slowly and clearly than they would normally. As a result, you’ll find that they tend to talk faster too, it’s not a deliberate tactic, it’s kind of infectious. So do yourself a favour and
T A K E Y O U R T I M E.
Speaking slowly makes you:
easier to understand
more confident and hence credible and
more accurate in terms of grammar and your clever selection of vocabulary.
That little bit of time makes a huge difference!
If you need to practice for a technical briefing or presentation, then think about the speed and if you are already a member, drop in to the closed group and run it past us in either audio or video format. That might sound scary but, it’s better to get it right in front of us than winging it.
We’ll give you constructive feedback as a group so that you can go in there with your head held high. Remember, you might want to remove the name of the client or other details like product names, but remember, we have all signed confidentiality agreements prior to getting access to the group too.
So are you on speed?
Pop into our closed facebook group to share your “fast talking stories”