Help! I’m talking too fast! Tip 1: Ground

Hi Friends,

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. 

I’ll be doing a three-video series that talks you through three tips for organically slowing down your speech and this is video 1. The first tip? Ground that energy. Watch to see how. 

Try this out and let me know how it goes. 

ps. If you’d like more or longer grounding warm ups, search through the archives of this website. If you want them in downloadable format, search for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’ on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Buzzsprout or Stitcher.

Take good care,

Christine

Zoom into 2021: A Voice Warm Up for Virtual Communication

A sneaky shot of my hubby on a Zoom call. Aren’t we all secretly working in PJs these days?

Happy New Year! More than ever before, you might be feeling like you need a refresher as we say ‘bye’ to 2020 and try to embrace 2021. We have reason to be hopeful that we will be back communicating in person regularly soon, but because we are starting off 2021 largely virtual, we’ve got your back. This warm up is designed to help you release and prepare the body, breath and voice for virtual communication.

Long periods of virtual communication can lead to a lot of tension in the body and voice, because sitting all day and talking into a computer is not how our bodies were meant to communicate— it can lead to hunched shoulders, tight neck, tight bellies, squeezed throats. It’s important to remember that even when we are communicating virtually, communication is still a full body action. The more at ease you are, the stronger and more at ease your voice is and the easier it is to communicate. We’ve talked through tips that can help in a previous episode— ‘Cause we are living in a virtual world’. Feel free to reference that. This warm up is a practical sequence that will complement those tips. 

You can also find this episode on iTunes, Spotify, AmazonMusic, Google Podcasts or Stitcher by searching for ‘BeSpoke Speaks’.

Let us know how you find it!