Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How to Have a Commanding Broadcast Voice

Solo videojournalists have to not only report, shoot and edit their stories, but often have to provide voiceover narration. It's no secret that most of us are horrified by hearing the actual sound of our own voice. It never sounds as rich and authoritative as it does inside our own heads.

Dr. Ann S. Utterback to the rescue! The author of the "Broadcast Voice Handbook," plus seven other books about speaking, has more than 35 years of experience counseling on-air talent at major TV networks, local affiliates, and other TV and radio stations throughout North America.

In this video, courtesy of the International Journalists' Network, Dr. Utterback teaches you how to have a commanding voice:

A common problem, that most of us don't realize while we're reading a script (but is painfully obvious in playback), is that the sensitive mic is picking up the sound of us inhaling between phrases or sentences. Dr. Utterback demonstrates how to eliminate those audible intakes of air:

* Utterback Publishing
* A Voice Doc
* video tutorials

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