Yes, it's brilliant. I'm not exaggerating, the method below will do all this for you:
All that from one, very simple idea. I call it 'Speaking in packets'. Let me spell it out:
Don't slow down. Instead, speak a phrase (or short sentence) at your normal pace, then pause for just one second (a single heartbeat) before you start the next phrase.
That's all there is to it. The extraordinary thing is that you're still speaking at your normal fast pace, but the audience does not think of it as too fast. Here's an example - try reading it aloud with the heartbeat pauses:
What I suggest (...deliberate 1 second pause...) is that we start the new schedule immediately.(...deliberate pause...) At the moment, some of our clients are confused (...deliberate pause...). Jamie says he's had 10 calls just this morning from clients who don't know when to make the corresponding change in their own systems.. (...deliberate pause...) We can't let that confusion continue.
Notice that the pausing is not regular or predictable. That longer second-to-last sentence still does not seem too fast, now that you've established a controlled pace.
Now try it out with your own words. Tell your friend in the mirror why you enjoy your sport or hobby. Don't worry about where to pause, in just a few minutes you'll find yourself in a rhythm where it happens naturally.
That word 'deliberate' is important. Even in that tiny pause, you are making it obvious that you're making the audience wait for the next bit. They respect that. (Points 2 and 3 on the list above.) And of course, it you are deliberately making them wait, you'll automatically cure the habit of filling silence with ums. (Point 4.) Strong accent? The silences give the audience a chance to let each bunch of words sink in and make sense. (Point 5.)
Try it out on a trusted work colleague with a serious work topic. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Well? Are you pleasantly surprised? In that case go to this self-administered master class: make some pauses longer, and during the silence look from one part of your audience to another. You will look convincing, confident, in control. Believable.
Always? Whatever your message? Whatever the audience?
Yes. It's simple and it makes people listen. In fact it's compelling. No-one goes to sleep.
Always show your desire for the audience to get your message. Not in your words but in your way of speaking.
Show. It's not enough to just want your audience to get the message. They have to see that you want that. Here's how to make it happen:
This is not about enthusiasm for your own message. It is about connecting the audience to the message.
But will this way of speaking work for you?
You may need to try it out in safety first. Ask at least two people (whose opinion you trust) to be guinea pigs and give you feedback. Deliver them just two or three sentences from your topic. The first time, just speak in your normal way. The second time, make a small change to the method above. If your friends like the change, do it again but more so. Get their feedback. How well does it work? How much is too much?
Also, ask yourself which is more important - your message, or what your audience thinks of you? I hope the answer is obvious. It's an old saying but so very true for speakers - get over yourself. But the best part is this: if you put the importance of your message ahead of your worries about yourself, you'll get more respect anyway. Neat.