October 1, 2013 10:35 AM Subscribe
How do I teach myself to speak more slowly?
posted by pdb to writing & language (19 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
All my life, I've spoken quickly. I have noticed in the last couple years that it's getting worse, particularly when I feel like I have something interesting to say in a conversation - I'll get my sentence out, then have to repeat it a couple times because someone will say "you talked way too fast, I didn't understand what you were saying!"
I have known this was a problem for a while, but I'm starting to get really self-conscious about it, to the point where I'm starting to not speak hardly at all except in short, confirming phrases ("yep, I agree" etc) when I'm out with friends, and would love to teach myself to speak more slowly.
Have you taught yourself to speak more slowly? How did you do it?