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How to Slow Your Delivery in a Presentation

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As soon as you walk to the front of the room to give your presentation, adrenaline kicks into overdrive.

That’s a good thing if you control it and allow it to energize you.

It becomes a bad thing if the adrenaline hijacks the pace of your delivery and turns you into a rapid-fire presenter.

In order to establish your control of the room, you first have to establish control of yourself. That means taking control of your delivery. There isn’t one perfect speed.

As a matter of fact, one speed is a problem, the biggest problem of talking too fast for too long.

Fast Delivery Isn’t the Only Problem

Talking fast isn’t the problem if you naturally talk fast. Talking faster than you usually talk for too long is where the problem happens.

You feel out of control.

Out of Control Hurts Your Audience

When you feel out of control, your audience loses confidence in you. Problem. The audience senses your lack of confidence. Then you sense your audience’s lack of confidence in you. That puts you into a negative spiral.

Focus More on Your Breathing

The speed of your delivery frequently has more to do with your breathing than your speaking.

This blog post has been re-published by kind permission of Gerry Sandusky – View the original post .


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Gerry Sandusky, is the New York Times best-selling author of Forgotten Sundays, the play-by-play voice for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, the sports director for Baltimore's WBAL TV, and a noted authority on communication, motivation, perception, and change.

Gerry has won Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding broadcasts.

The son of former NFL coach, John Sandusky, Gerry has found his own niche in coaching as president of The Sandusky Group, a communications-consulting firm.
The Sandusky Group helps professionals who are experts in their field look, feel, and perform better in front of every audience, and influence that audience. The Sandusky Group shows experts how to shine.

Gerry and his wife founded the Joe Sandusky Fund, to honor Gerry's late brother. The fund grants college scholarships to students who demonstrate passion, talent, initiative, and a drive to fulfil their dreams. Read other posts by

Published On: 21st Jul 2017

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