Susan SchwartzBranding and Presentation expert

Expert advice on branding, naming, positioning, differentiating. Speaker, author, image consultant. Everything that has to do with presenting yourself with clarity, confidence, consistency, command.

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ditto me in with the others.
The tempo which you feel is "too slow" is likely
"just right" for comprehension.

Saying something more quickly doesn't make it interesting.

If you feel you're being "boring" think about other ways to involve your audience. Ask them questions. Use visual aids, props...anything to drive home your point.

But speaking faster? No way! Be grateful that you have a
natural slow tempo. It's much harder (and more important) to slow down!

You don't say what it is about your voice that you'd like to improve. So the first thing to think about is -- what don't you like?
If you want better projection ground yourself before you speak. Make sure you are standing solidly on both feet and draw your breath up from the ground and out your mouth. Think of your body as a bellows.The greater/deeper the breath, the more powerful the sound.
If you are concerned with sounding monotone, take a song you know well, and speak-sing it. It's not about hitting the notes, but putting "musicality" into your voice by using a varying your pitch and speed.
Speak more slowly than you would conversationally, to give people time what you're saying. Pause.
Finally, if you have an unusual voice, consider the possibility that it could be a great differentiator. Arnold Schwarzenegger's accent...Victoria Jackson's high pitch...Danny DeVito's Brooklynese all give them a kind of memorability they wouldn't have if they sounded like everyone else.
I teach Public Speaking skills. I'd be happy to discuss this with you further.
Good luck!

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