My speech lessons

Never did I know that I was speaking very fast, that it’s pretty difficult for the listeners to follow me. And when in school, I started to hear my friends teasing on my speed, and you know, I was the biggest chump to accept it as a golden feather on my cap . And so never did I change until I reached the corporate world. There, when I have to take trainings and all, my manager asked me to record and listen to my own voice. So I recorded and heard my own voice.. oh..no.. Nothing more to say…my powerful voice (note the powerful ;)..) appeared like a hurricane.

If we start to identify our falls and a take deliberate move initially, our mind will be tuned accordingly and no doubt that it will be in our hands naturally after a period.

My speed story started to change from the very first moment I listened my own speech. And I’m quite confident on the cautious steps I took. Even if I may not still fit into the common man’s speed every now and then, I have no doubt that I am audible and clear now. Because now, atleast I could feel whenever my speed is firing up. So a natural prevention (not any more deliberate, it comes in naturally) happens which was missing in the past as never could I detect the fastness.

About

The author is a Quality Assurance professional by experience. Part Quantitative data analyst, part consultant for quality and information security practices, part software tester, she is a writer by passion and blogs at http://wordsandnotion.com and http://qualitynotion.com/.

One thought on “My speech lessons

  1. parijat shukla

    September 7, 2016 at 9:15am

    You should have posted two voice samples from past and present to enable us to appreciate better 🙂 :).

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    Akhila

    September 7, 2016 at 9:29am

    ha ha.. donno why I am so happy to read your comment.. 😉 .. selfish me , no..?? 😉

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  3. nameless

    September 7, 2016 at 9:32am

    I went through the same .. I was told I have a very high rate of speech and I speak without intonation. I had to record my voice listen to it and do a lot of work and I still believe that needs a lot of improvement

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          Akhila

          September 7, 2016 at 9:37am

          atleast in this case, I mean rate of speech, I am sure now…
          but why were you invisible for a long..?

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          • nameless

            September 7, 2016 at 9:39am

            A friend told me .. people who read a lot tend to have a high rate of speech

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            Akhila

            September 7, 2016 at 9:43am

            hmm.. your friend also with a high rate of speed..??..;)

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    Akhila

    September 7, 2016 at 9:45am

    oh…believing is not a precondition for talking 😉

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    • nameless

      September 7, 2016 at 9:58am

      Right but you don’t talk to someone who you don’t believe you’re a friends with right ☺

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        Akhila

        September 7, 2016 at 10:00am

        in this virtual world , i dint think that i am talking to all as i believe them all…i am just stating my views.. isnt it..?

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    Akhila

    September 7, 2016 at 1:03pm

    ha ha.. advaitha…hearing one of my names after a long time…shhhhh

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  6. pins & ashes

    September 7, 2016 at 1:28pm

    ya right!(to nameless)
    entammme enne kollu (to Akhila)
    lol lol lol (to me)

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  7. pins & ashes

    September 7, 2016 at 1:28pm

    Rate of speech is equal rate of speed of thought, so faster the thought, faster the speed, same with typing!

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    Akhila

    September 7, 2016 at 2:13pm

    ya.. true that here you dont have to listen me..lucky you , no..;)

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    • prashantt

      September 7, 2016 at 3:38pm

      haahaa….no,would love to here you sometime with both versions of speed 😛

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  9. Sunith

    September 7, 2016 at 2:36pm

    A good speaker always gives the audience the time to think on the sentences as part of the speech delivery..so am happy you have slowed down, Akhila…

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      Akhila

      September 7, 2016 at 2:52pm

      thanks Sunith.. That’s really a good point you mentioned..

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  10. mySestina

    September 7, 2016 at 2:47pm

    you must record and out your speech here so that we can listen to you.. also, I am sure that understanding our own flaws only takes us to be better in life.

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  12. sagarika

    September 7, 2016 at 7:12pm

    Loved it ‘…whenever my speed is firing up.’ Thank God! could catch up with the written words! 😉

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      Akhila

      September 8, 2016 at 9:19am

      the more busy , the more productive.. may be that’s why i try end up the speech quickly..;)

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      • Nisthur Anadi

        September 8, 2016 at 9:00pm

        Yeah true , you can also try to be slow some times, it’s not that bad indeed.

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          Akhila

          September 8, 2016 at 9:05pm

          ha ha…why not.. there is a lazy mode also for me, making me slow

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          • Nisthur Anadi

            September 8, 2016 at 9:23pm

            Haha haaa I know that, but I have heard about being slow and focused and living each moment to its fullest like there is no next moment exists , life here and now always.

            Actually each one of us is different and intrestingly every body is equally good and complete.

            Haha haaa let me know your progress for being slow …

  13. DARKLOVE9095

    September 7, 2016 at 10:13pm

    Same problem with me. They say i speak as if I am a road runner….

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      Akhila

      September 8, 2016 at 9:11am

      he he lol…nice to meet this road runner…

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  14. Shilpa Mary Cherian

    September 8, 2016 at 6:48am

    Oh my! This made me remember one of my horrible experiences way back. Speech was one of my required classes, since I study in U.S. People used to laugh at my Indian accent whenever I gave speeches in that class. I had to train myself out of embarrassment to speak in the so called “American accent”, which I’m good with now!
    Nice post by the way.. loved the quote!

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      Akhila

      September 8, 2016 at 9:09am

      thanks shilpa for noticing the quote….and your words are the perfect example for the quote..

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  16. davekingsbury

    September 8, 2016 at 3:45pm

    Perhaps you think quickly and try to catch up with your thoughts … better than the opposite, I would think!

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      Akhila

      September 8, 2016 at 3:55pm

      so nice of you dave…i am filtering out that “perhaps” in your comment 😉

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  18. Balamurali

    September 30, 2016 at 3:41am

    Understating the scope of improvement, accepting it and working on it naturally is the way for any corrective action. You have been wonderful in that. Keep going

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      Akhila

      September 30, 2016 at 10:44am

      ha…your words made me smile.. thank you so much

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