I’ve dedicated my life to studying the art of public speaking.
I’ve read over one-hundred books on presentation skills and persuasion.
What’s the one tip I read in almost every book?
Many public speaking coaches advise that if you want to be a powerful speaker, you should s-l-o-w down.
This is true to some extent, especially if you’re someone who speaks super-super fast.
“However, after studying great speakers, I’ve found that the best speakers don’t speak slowly: they speak at a relatively rapid rate.
Because it keeps the energy level high.
Want some proof?
Check out the videos of the speakers below:
Of-course, I’m not saying that you should speak at a super fast pace!
I’m simply suggesting to you that you speak at your normal conversational rate (unless your friends tell you that you speak too fast or too slow, in which case you need to make the appropriate adjustments).
Similarly, you’ll notice that while the speakers highlighted in this post do speak at a relatively fast pace, they also know WHEN to slow down and when to pause to create tension and curiosity in the room.
Of-course, there are great speakers who speak at a slow-pace, so there is no right or wrong speaking pace; it’s just my observation that many of the top motivational speakers speak at a fluent and fast (conversational) pace, which I personally seem to enjoy.
What about you? What do you think?