Have you ever been told you speak too fast, in your native language as well as in English? Do you even realize you speak too quickly? In order to communicate effectively, you have to SLOW DOWN. Here are two good reasons why.
- It takes time for your listeners to hear and assimilate what you’re saying. This is especially crucial if you are talking to non-native speakers.
- But you also need time to formulate your thoughts before you speak. As the American columnist, Ann Landers, said, “The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet.”
Of course, speech rates vary, based on the language spoken and the region. Here is a guideline for you to follow:
- slow speech – about 110 words per minute (wpm);
- conversation – between 120 (slow) to 190 (fast) wpm;
- presentations/public speaking – 150-160 wpm;
- auctioneers/broadcast personalities – 225-400 wpm.
It is important to speak more slowly. What is more important is to develop the flexibility to match speed with your content and your audience’s ability to understand.