5 Ways To Stop Mumbling!


By Emma Serlin
July 9, 2019

Mumbling can sound a little bit like someone has a mouthful of food and eating it is far more important than communicating. It can also sound like a person doesn’t want to be heard, that they are in some way apologising for speaking. Or worse, they are ashamed of what they are saying.
And we don’t want that! Communicating is about sending your breath, your unique voice and your ideas into the world, letting them claim their rightful space. Don’t be hard on yourself if you mumble, it happens to all of us. Instead, decide here and now that when you speak, you’ll speak to be heard, and speak with confidence, because you believe in what you're saying.

There are several approaches we recommend for better communication, so let's begin by looking at a few ways to stop mumbling so you can open your mouth and let whatever is in there, come out with confidence.

Way number one:

It takes some practice to train your mouth muscles to get into gear and work a little harder for you. How? Simple. Put the knuckle of your thumb in your mouth and bite down gently. Then using any reading material you have, read out loud and enunciate as well as you can. Do this for at least a minute a day and notice straight away after doing it how clear you sound.

Way number two:

Set your eyes on whatever's three metres in front of you right now. Whether it’s a wall, a chair or a tree, try and send your words crisply and clearly over to it. You can practice in your bedroom, and you'll find that just by sending your intention a little further, you'll crisp up those sounds in no time.

Way number three:

A lot of mumbling is about not having enough muscular energy inside the mouth which results in sloppy consonants. For this one, try and work the muscles extra hard by practicing tongue twisters. Make the consonants pop, sizzle and snap, and mumbling will soon be a thing of the past. 

  • Whether the whether is warm, whether the weather is hot. We’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not
  • Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran
  • Betty bought a bit of butter but the bit of butter betty bought was bitter
  • Theo sifter, the thistle sifter, sifted a sieve of sifted thistles

Way number four:

Take time for a daily tongue warm up. Your tongue's responsible for articulating the sounds, and if it's a lazy tongue then it needs to do the tongue equivalent of 20 press ups!

Take time for a daily tongue warm up. Your tongue's responsible for articulating the sounds, and if it's a lazy tongue then it needs to do the tongue equivalent of 20 press ups!

Swish your tongue clockwise around your mouth in front of your teeth, five times one way and five times the other way. Now push it against your finger and push back with your finger. This little battle will strengthen your tongue no end.

Way number five:

Find a mantra for propelling your voice forward. It may be a single line, like “Because I deserve to be heard”. Whatever it is, use it to bolster your communication confidence
and have it to hand in situations that make you mumble, and say it to yourself before you speak.

Pick and choose your exercises and say goodbye to the mumbles. Good luck and enjoy!

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