Slow down. Slow down. Slow down.
I have seen many translated presentations in my lifetime, perhaps 100 or so. Almost all of these English speakers, spoke too fast. This was equally true whether the speaker came from US, Canada, Australia, India or the UK. The result is that the audience typically understands roughly half of the content. I have verified this estimate with dozens of translators, audience members and knowledgeable observers. All of the speakers were told to speak slowly. Why is this so hard? Well, here are a few reasons: (more…)