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How to Speak on TV

 

How to Speak on TV

If you are going to be on TV or radio, then you need to talk in a slightly different way than normal. You need to exaggerate your actions and reactions, but make sure not to overdo it. It is harder to pick up what someone says when they are on TV or radio due to the different sound quality and also much harder to lip read. Therefore what you need to do is speak a little slower than you would normally. You might notice for instance that your voice sounds very different on TV and you don't think that it is you. Also, if you can, try to pitch your voice just a little bit lower as well, as pitch is often raised by the recording or nerves.

Improving your pronunciation is a large task that can't possibly be tackled in a day. If you are really serious about improving, it will take some practice over time. Here are three fun ways you can improve your pronunciation and become a better speaker.

1. *Watch TV*

The first step to improving your pronunciation is training your ear to hear the difference between different sounds.

It would be best to watch quality television like the news instead of sitcoms and movies, for example. Although not always perfect, this is about the closest you'll get to the most accepted standard pronunciation.

2. * Get tongue-tied*

Tongue twisters increase the clarity of your speech. Practice the tongue twisters that include sounds that are hard for you to pronounce. Start slowly, and then try to gradually speed up and add repetitions.

3. *Practice minimal pairs*

Minimal pairs are words that are identical except for the one problem sound you are focused on practicing. For example, if you have trouble with the sounds "R" and "L" you might practice reading a list of words like read/lead, road/load, fry/fly, fright/flight, crutch/clutch and so on. Slowly say these words out loud and really focus on the sounds and the way you use your voice.

Remember, when you are talking to a camera or microphone, you are really just talking to another person. Speak up, make sure they can hear you and make sure you body language and gestures amplify what you are saying.