Do you speak too fast? Try phrases!

Do you speak too fast?

Do you speak too fast?

Do you speak too fast?

Before they begin their accent reduction coaching sessions, many of my clients speak English way too fast.

Their fast pace makes their speech difficult for other to follow and understand.

The solution

The solution to fast speech has a few components….

The first, and most important, is to speak in phrases.


A sentence can be made up of two, three, or even four phrases.

  • One word in each phrase in emphasized.
  • Phrases are set off by short pauses.⤼

When you emphasize your important words, you bring the listener’s attention to what’s important.

When you pause at the end of each phrase, you give your listener time to process what you said.

Three benefits of speaking in phrases 

Here are 3 benefits of speaking in phrases.

✰ You control your speaking pace because you pause more often.

✰ You enable your listeners to hear the most important word in each phrase.

✰ Phrasing allows you to speak with a more familiar melody. ♬

Effective speakers use phrases

You don’t need to be a native speaker of American English in order to be an engaging and effective speaker.

Effective business leaders including Vic Gundotra, Sebastian Thrun & Christine Lagarde  always use phrases when they speak.

Learn to speak with the right pace

If you’re someone who speaks English too quickly, learn to speak in phrases.

You may actually find this more comfortable.

Your listeners will definitely notice the difference!

I can show you how

If you’re  an international professional, who’d like to learn how to you can use phrases to speak American English with the right pace, check out my training programs by following the link below.

In my training programs  I show you how speak American English in a way that your colleagues will respect and understand!

Try this technique. You’ll find that that it works!

About the author

Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.