How to connect with people in American English~Step 4~Speak with a good pace
You want to speak in a way that will make people want to connect with you.
But people won’t understand you if you speak too fast.
And if people don’t understand you, they won’t be about to connect with you.
If people don’t understand what you’re saying, you won’t be able to build connections.
You won’t be able to get your ideas across.
Help your listeners by speaking with an easy pace
When you speak with a good pace, you help your listeners understand you.
You enable people such as your customers and colleagues to hear and process what you say.
When you speak with a moderate pace, you sound more confident.
Americans want to understand you. Speak with a pace that enables them to do that.
- Break longer sentences into shorter phrases to improve your speaking pace.
- Emphasize the most important word in each phrase so that your listener can hear it clearly.
- Pause briefly after each phrase.
Sentences for practice
- We’ll meet with David Johnson, at 4:30, on Wednesday.
- I spoke with Susan Miller, about the conference, in August.
- I’ll give you a call, when I return to the office, on Friday.
Phrases, pitch & pauses
Did you hear how I spoke in phrases?
Did you hear how I emphasized the most important word in each phrase?
Did you hear I paused briefly after each phrase?
Speaking using phrases, pitch emphasis and pauses will enable you speak with a pace that others can easily understand.
Sound clear, friendly & engaging
Using the phrases, pitch and pauses technique (The 3 Ps) will enable you to speak in a way that sounds clear, friendly and engaging.
People will enjoy listening to you.
They’ll want to connect with you and hear your ideas.
I can show you how
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About the author
Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.
Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.