I recently went to an off-Broadway show in previews, presented by one of New York’s better theatre companies. One of the leads was speaking so fast that you just couldn’t get his words straight. At certain points in the play his breakneck speed was forcing the other actors to up their pace in order to keep up with him. Bottom line: the audience lost a number of good lines.
Following the show, one of the people in my party complained to a theatre staff member that it was difficult to follow the dialogue. Then, another theatre-goer voiced the same concern. The staff member acknowledged that there was a problem.
Speeding can often be a result of nervousness. It can also reflect that your mind is jumping ahead of your mouth. Maybe we should issue speeding tickets for people who chatter too fast.
Are you a speeder? If speaking too fast is your problem, imagine a speeding car. Visualize a “Slow” and “Stop” sign ahead. Just as with a car, slow down your pace. It will feel uncomfortable at first. But once you get used to speaking at a slower pace, you will find that people will follow you with greater ease. And, best of all, you will be in control of the speed!