If you want to know how to stop mumbling and start speaking clearly, you’re at the right place now. On this website you will find tips on how to overcome old speaking habits and how to train yourself to enunciate words clearly, so that you people understand and respect you when you speak.
It’s a fact of life: how you say things matters more than what you have to say. Because if you mumble or ramble or mutter or speak hesitantly or use lots of filler words or go off track often, then people won’t take you serious. If how you say things doesn’t make them want to listen, they’ll not stick around to listen to what you actually have to say. You need to “package” your content attractively. You need to speak properly and communicate clearly.
Most people never really trained talking. It’s something that we just naturally learn as we grow up. Some people are lucky to learn it right from the start – but others must practice proper talking later in life.
How To Stop Mumbling
The easiest way to stop mumbling is to open your mouth wider. You simply can’t mumble when you open your mouth wide. Most people who don’t speak clearly have a habit of keeping their teeth together too much of the time.
Your mouth is like a musical instrument: the more space you allow the sounds of your voice, the more resonant and clear they will be.
Another really helpful voice exercise to stop mumbling is to record yourself talking. Then afterwards listen to the recording of your own voice talking and pay close attention to your “weak spots”. These are words or syllables that you don’t pronounce clearly. Also pay attention to your intonation – is it lively and modulated, or flat and monotone? Recognizing your weaknesses can help you to focus your efforts on overcoming them.
Another good articulation exercise for mumbling is to read a book or magazine out loud – and read it slowly and clearly, with a loud voice. Enunciate each letter in a sharp and crisp manner.
And here’s an important thing to remember: you probably already know how to stop mumbling. Have you ever been on a phone call where the sound quality was really low? Where the other person had trouble understanding you because the connection was so bad? In that situation, you probably have compensated for the lousy phone connection by speaking more clearly and loudly. And you did it without consciously thinking about it.
So what can we learn from that?
We can learn that mumbling is really pretty much a habit. And you just need to overcome this habit, and replace it with the habit of speaking clearly. But habits are hard to change – and that’s why hypnosis to stop mumbling is so effective when it comes to helping you to communicate clearly.
When you in a clear, straightforward manner, people will listen to you more attentively, they will respect you more, value your opinion higher, you will be perceived as a more trustworthy and authoritative person.
Paul Graham, who is one of the most respected people in Silicon Valley and who is involved in many multi-billion dollar companies, running the prestigous start-up incubator ycombinator also said that clear communication is important. In his case, he wasn’t talking about mumbling, but instead about foreign accents, but in essence the fundamental problem was the same. He noted that company founders who were not easily understood (whether because of a foreign accent or because of mumbling) seldomly managed to create successful companies.
We have a lot of empirical evidence that there’s a threshold beyond which the difficulty of understanding the CEO harms a company’s prospects.
Conversations are more of a problem, as I know from my own experience doing office hours. We talk about a lot of subtle points at office hours. (Even talking on the phone rather than in person introduces a significant degradation. That’s why we insist the groups we fund move to Silicon Valley for the duration of YC.) And I know I don’t get as deeply into things with the groups that don’t speak English well. I can feel it happening; we just can’t communicate well enough. And often when I feel it happening, I warn the founders, because most of the people they encounter are not going to work as hard to understand them as I do.
– Paul Graham (source)
What is true in business is true in personal life at well. When it’s difficult to understand you, it’s less fun to interact with you. The more effort other people have to make in order to make sense of your words, the less they will be inclined to listen to you.