In this video, I answer the question: How do I stop mumbling?
Let’s start by talking about what mumbling is. Mumbling can be characterized by a lack of commitment— a lack of commitment to energizing the voice and a lack of commitment to articulating your words, leading to a kind of de-energized, crunched, slurred speech quality.
With that in mind, two obvious ways to address mumbling are to energize your voice and to increase the flexibility and dexterity of your speech muscles. Here are some videos and podcast episodes that go more into detail about how to do that:
What to do if your voice is too quiet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2yQjyVHO1c&ab_channel=VoicewhatMatters
What is breath support?: https://voicewhatmatters.com/breath-support-part-1/
Articulation Warm up: https://voicewhatmatters.com/articulation-work-for-camera/
A third, less obvious way to address mumbling is to ask yourself: do I want to be heard? If the body isn’t committing to what you’re saying, it’s probably for a good reason. Maybe you’re not 100% behind your message, or you’re not feeling comfortable with your audience, or you do actually want to be heard but the mumbling habit has become entrenched for reasons that are actually not relevant to the here and now. Becoming aware of any reasons you might not want to be heard is helpful, because awareness gives you choice. That awareness can help you clarify— what is within my control that I can do that can help me commit more to voicing my message? When you start from this place, the physical and vocal exercises will have much more of an impact.
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