In Part 1 of this series, The Public Speaker explains why we learn to mumble at a young age, and why we need to articulate and enunciate our words in ordeer to succeed.
The Public Speaker reader, James, wrote to me saying, “I habitually mumble. People regularly ask me to repeat myself. I need your help to stop mumbling! It’s killing my credibility.”
Most of us do it without even knowing it. Sometimes we even do it on purpose. However, mumbling is a bad habit, particularly in a professional or educational environment. As James mentions, you can instantly lose credibility when you don’t speak clearly and plainly.
Today we’re going to talk about the reasons people mumble and in the second part of this mini-series I’ll talk about techniques you can employ to stop mumbling and be heard.
In my house, I often find myself saying to my daughters, “Can you please repeat that slowly and clearly so that I can understand you?” Although it bothers me that I have to keep reminding my children to enunciate, I can think of 5 good reasons why my girls sometimes mumble. I think you’ll be able to relate to these reasons too!