Our friends over at radiospeaker.it presentanother clever radio technique from the book Theories and Techniques on Radio Management.
Oftentimes radio hosts are expected to present a lot of information in a short amount of time, like 60 to 90 seconds. The goal is to speak quickly, yet articulate clearly.
It sounds difficult, but there’s a nifty little trick out there to help you with this skill: start practicing to speak with a pencil in your mouth once a day.
It’s exactly as it sounds, and all you have to do is keep a pencil between your teeth while you read out loud for about 10 to 20 minutes, concentrating on articulating with your jaw.
With this technique your face muscles and jaw really get a workout – kind of like lifting weights! After the first 5 to 10 minutes of practicing, try rereading the text without a pencil: you’ll notice right away that you’re speed and clarity has already improved.
So try it out, let it us know how it works! (Of course, don’t try this with small items to avoid choking, and stop using this method if your jaw starts to ache.)