Listeners can’t understand you? Try this.

Your pace may help you get things done, enter conversation, make decisions and get results. But that doesn’t mean your pace works for listeners. They may be overwhelmed by your rapid delivery and decide to tune out. I know you don’t want this. So what do you do?

You’re not the only communicator dealing with this issue.

Just yesterday, in two separate occasions, I heard attorneys address me with, “I don’t know how to slow down. What do I do?”

What’s going on

It’s a common request from communicators with a rapid pace – usually D’s or I’s on the DISC scale. Extroverts, they thrive from putting themselves out there getting results or finding how to help people. That energy is naturally transferred into their speaking style.

What to do

Whether you’re a D or an I, you can slow your speaking style by making solid eye contact. That focus helps us be present instead of speaking while “in our head”. Make use of strong eye contact while sharing your message and your pace will usually slow to a manageable understanding. If you’re on the phone, look in a mirror, making eye contact with yourself.

Keep this in mind

Fast communicators have a tendency to slur or abbreviate syllables in their words. Slowing down the pace can lead to an unpolished expression, so as you work to slow your pace, strengthen your jaw muscles. Release the tension in your jaw and use the exercise here.

Make a practice of using eye contact while also developing your jaw muscles and your listeners will understand you more readily, building your results and your communication effectiveness!

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On March 13th, 2015, posted in: clarity, communication, engagement, pace by