“Help! I talk too fast!” Tip 2: Breathe

Do you feel like, or have you gotten feedback that you talk too fast? You know you’re talking too fast if you are struggling to keep up with the act of speaking or if you can tell your listener is struggling to understand you, or both.

Talking too fast often comes from nervous, excited or passionate energy, which surges upwards through the body and can result in speeding up your tempo. But if you try to think of combating that energy by artificially slowing yourself down, it will feel and sound weird for everyone, because it won’t be authentic.

This is video 2 of 3 where I offer tips for organically slowing down your speech. In video 1, we talked about grounding yourself, which you can watch here.

The second tip we cover in this video? Take a deep breath. You know you’re talking too fast if you’re struggling to breathe with what you’re trying to say, but there are things you can do in the moment to re-center your breathing. Watch this video to see how. Try this out and let me know how it goes. I’ll be back with a third tip next week.