- I speak quite fast.
- I have lisp. So some consonants don’t sound correctly when I speak them.
- I have an accent (North Indian in Britain).
Combination of these three factors means that my speech is often hard to understand, specially by non-Indians.
I need others to understand what I am talking about, without much effort on their part. They won’t pay me (money, attention) if they can’t understand me.
Speaking slowly and enunciating correctly will hopefully help with some of these issues.
I also need to improve my choice of words when I speak. Speaking slowly will also give myself time to think of better alternate words before I utter them out.
Aside: I also have hearing trouble, which means I myself don’t hear consonants correctly in noisy environments. I have a hypothesis that if I speak slowly, others around me too will, subconsciously, start speaking slowly. This would help me not just be heard better, but hear better too. Continue reading Tweaks for 2019 – Talk slower, pronounce better