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0294 – 5 – Look For The Balance

Season 1, Ep. 294

2021.10.21 – 0294 – 5 – Look For The Balance

Look for the fulcrum in the story – what balances one side of it with another.

 

A story is often a story because the arc is based around an axis-point: ‘while this is happening over here, that’s happening over there . . .’, or ‘he says this, but she says that’. In your head you probably just read that sentence, slightly lifting the words “this”, “here”, “that”, and “there”. That’s because those words are giving ‘context through contrast or comparison’.

 

·        “The government says their proposal would be progress, but the unions say it’s a backward step.”

·        The prosecution says he killed the shopkeeper deliberately, the accused says it was self-defence”

·        “Some companies only give a five-year guarantee, we promise to repair or replace for a decade” 

·        “The race favourite was ‘Going Solo’, but the winner was ‘Acapulco’.”

 

In these sentences the fulcrum is at the comma, with contrasting balancing words either side of it. (Note that these are not synonyms, as the horses and where they came in the race are different.)

 

Deciding how to get to the holiday location: “I think it’s better to go by plane rather than by train”, you naturally highlight the two modes of transport which could be considered, and which contrast with one another, “plane” and “train” – and in doing so supress the ‘grammatical grouting’ that joins the two together “rather than by”.

 

While on the plane, the cabin crew staff offer you a meal: “Would you like chicken, fish or pasta?”, again the meaning-ful words are those which introduce information, which are also the ones which are balancing (yes, you can have more than two parts to this intonational fulcrum!). So whereas you supress “Would you like”, you highlight “chicken”, “fish” and “pasta” (and also suppress the ‘grammatical grouting’ of “or”.


Audio recording script and show notes (c) 2021 Peter Stewart

 

Through these around-5-minute episodes, you can build your confidence and competence with advice on breathing and reading, inflection and

projection, the roles played by better scripting and better sitting, mic techniques and voice care tips... with exercises and anecdotes from a career

spent in TV and radio studios. If you're wondering about how to start a podcast, or have had one for a while - download every episode!

 

And as themes develop over the weeks (that is, they are not random topics day-by-day), this is a free, course to help you GET A BETTER

BROADCAST, PODCAST AND VIDEO VOICE.

 

Look out for more details of the book during 2021.

 

Contacts: https://linktr.ee/Peter_Stewart

 

Peter has been around voice and audio all his working life and has trained hundreds of broadcasters in all styles of radio from pop music stations such as Capital FM and BBC Radio 1 to Heart FM, the classical music station BBC Radio 3 and regional BBC stations. He’s trained news presenters on regional TV, the BBC News Channel and on flagship programmes such as the BBC’s Panorama. Other trainees have been music presenters, breakfast show hosts, travel news presenters and voice-over artists.

 

He has written a number of books on audio and video presentation and production (“Essential Radio Journalism”, “JournoLists”, two editions of “Essential Radio Skills” and three editions of “Broadcast Journalism”) and has written on voice and presentation skills in the BBC’s in-house newspaper “Ariel”.

 

Peter has presented hundreds of radio shows (you may have heard him on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, Virgin Radio or Kiss, as well as BBC regional radio) with formats as diverse as music-presentation, interview shows, ‘special’ programmes for elections and budgets, live outside broadcasts and commentaries and even the occasional sports, gardening and dedication programmes. He has read several thousand news bulletins, and hosted nearly 2,000 podcast episodes, and is a vocal image consultant advising in all aspects of voice and speech training for presenters on radio and TV, podcasts and YouTube, voiceovers and videocalls.

 

The podcast title refers to those who may wish to change their speaking voice in some way. It is not a suggestion that anyone should, or be pressured into needing to. We love accents and dialects, and are well aware that how we speak changes over time. The key is: is your voice successfully communicating your message, so it is being understood (and potentially being acted upon) by your target audience?

 

This podcast is London-based and examples are spoken in the RP (Received Pronunciation) / standard-English / BBC English pronunciation, although invariably applicable to other languages, accents and dialects.

 

Music credits:

"Bleeping Demo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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"Beauty Flow" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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"Envision" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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