Does anyone else have a problem mumbling sometimes? I know I do.
Speech skills have never been a strong point for me. I didn’t speak any words at all until I was three years old. And why should I? I had an older sister who answered everything for me and told mom and dad exactly what I needed or what I was thinking. When I finally did start talking, I spoke in complete sentences.
My family will tell you I’ve been a mumbler my entire life. I think it really got bad in my early teen years, though, when I was viciously bullied.
But now, I can’t seem to shake it. When I really concentrate (like when I’m publicly speaking, or speaking to a group of employees), I can overcome it. If I don’t directly focus on it, my lips don’t seem to enjoy moving at all.
While most of the time it’s not too big a deal, I am a little worried that I’ll say something like “pass the salt” and it will be heard as “have my baby, you naughty hotty you”. Of course, I could blame any stupid thing I say on the mumbling, always declaring that I was simply misheard and misunderstood.
Does anybody have some good advice on overcoming mumbling? I think I’m going to go see a speech therapist and work on it. Surely it’s something that can be overcome permanently.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing