Leadership English: Talk slower, get faster results by Frances Ponick at the Washington Times Communities on 26 November 2013

Words themselves are important, but how you say those words have significantly alter the comprehension and impact of your communication.  The author stresses that there times that you may want to speak quickly (for emotional impact) and more slowly (for intellectual impact).  The author provides several advantages on speaking slowly, including that you sound more like a senior person.  She even provides seven tips on training yourself to speak more slowly – you can experiment with a tip a day!  One tip is to pronounce your words and not skip consonants at the ends of words.  For me, a great example can be heard on the radio each day – it can be hard to understand the lyrics if the singer mumbles (think “Sting” even though I like his music) or fuses multiple words together because there is no breaking consonant (think “Let It Be” instead of “ledibe” by the Beatles).

My experience working in the UN affirms with the article.  When I slowed down, not only did the non-native English speakers have better comprehension, but the Americans and Canadians did, too!

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