Mumbling may not be a serious medical condition, but it can still have serious effects. Mumbling makes it more difficult for people to interact with us socially, and it can make professional or educational experiences such as public speaking much more difficult. Fortunately, because it is not a serious problem, mumbling is something most people can address by using the tips outlined below.
The first and foremost reason to speak is to convey a message, and if you’re mumbling, that’s not going to happen. Over enunciating every syllable in every word can help you get into the habit of pronouncing them properly. One way to do this is to speak phrases out to yourself. A good phrase to use is “I never said she stole the money”. The meaning of this sentence changes depending on which word is emphasised, so repeating this while changing the emphasis is a good exercise in enunciation.
While overenunciating words can help, saying random sentences lacks the structure of normal conversation. Reading aloud has a much more natural flow, and will force you to make a conscious effort since the words are already written.
Stand up Straight
Your posture has a huge effect on the clarity with which you speak. Standing up straight and holding your head up will help your mouth and throat open up more and make your words more distinctive.
If you ever speak to a non-native English speaker, they may tell you that Irish people speak very quickly. Speaking quickly is one of the main reasons people mumble, as the words run together and lose the proper inflection. So whether you’re nervous or just Irish, slowing down can help you stop mumbling.
Speak from your Stomach
One of the main reasons posture has such an effect on our speaking is because of our diaphragm. Standing up straight makes it easier for our diaphragm to support our lungs, which helps us speak more clearly. You can take this effect even further by making a conscious effort to support your speech with your diaphragm, and even supporting it physically with your hands by pushing up and into your stomach.
Effectively combining the effects of everything mentioned already, singing is a very effective way to combat mumbling. Songs have very varied inflection, as well as a wide range of sounds. The words and speed are also predetermined, and the diaphragm becomes very active. All of this helps make singing one of the most effective ways to stop mumbling and speak clearly.