Lately I’ve started listening to famous speeches on my MP3 player as I work out.
It’s amazing how slow many of them are.
Of course, one of the most common mistake people make in public speaking is to talk too fast. We get nervous. We confuse speed with enthusiasm. Or maybe we just want to get it over with.
What’s the result? Our audience never has time to let our words sink in, and our mile-a-minute talk fest leaves them slightly dazed.
Listening to, and especially speaking along with, famous speeches has helped me become a better speaker. It has taught me just how much I can slow down in my delivery. It has helped me learn how to vary my cadence, my volume, and my tone for dramatic affect.
Try it. You not only get to hear some of the most powerful words of our day, you also get to become a better communicator yourself.