Podcasting Tips

Podcasting Tip: Speaking faster and more clearly

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.)

Happy broadcasting!

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  • Clecnik May 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I did it with a really bad quality pencil. I chewed through it.
    FACT: led doesn’t taste very nice.

  • Fredena Moore Apr 28, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Oh yes, this works, immediate improvement!

  • Gary Russen Nov 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Wow I’ll try this. I went to college for radio broadcasting never before have I ever told to do this. Might just give it a shot before my next podcast and live broadcast let you know how it works. I normally show prep for my show which helps me, but sometimes I stumble for words this might help too with my newscast

  • Gloria Ecclesiastes Nov 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I certainly am going to try it out!!!

  • amarillis Jul 24, 2012 at 5:26 am

    i don’t know what to do exactly… Help….

    • Anna Jul 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Shoot us an email at info (at) spreaker (dot) com and we can help you!

  • Thoroughmas Jul 5, 2012 at 5:29 am

    My pencil is now covered with slobber.

  • Adrian Pelaez Jun 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for this helpfully tip! I will practice a lot!

  • camila Jun 7, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I want to see how this will work for my show

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