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0387 - Rehearsing Your Read-Speed

Season 2, Ep. 387

2022.01.22 – S2022 – 0387 - Rehearsing Your Read-Speed

Rehearsing Your Read-Speed

Ever seen the rehearsal rooms from the tv shows “Strictly Come Dancing” or “Dancing With The Stars”? You will have seen, or can imagine, how the pros show the celebs the steps: slow to start, then get fast.


And it’s like that with learning a new instrument, a new song, heck even reading itself … and now with script-reading: start slow, practice getting your tongue around the words, a phrase at a time. Practice potential stumbling blocks and then gradually speed up as your confidence and ‘mouth memory’ improves.


Speed Matching

If you want someone to speed up talking, then you speed up talking to them. Naturally they will try and ‘voice match’…

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0504 – A Giveaway That You’re Reading

Season 2, Ep. 504
2022.05.19 – 0504 – A Giveaway That You’re ReadingA Giveaway That You’re ReadingSometimes it’s obvious you’re reading something because it contains too much information that you couldn’t possibly know or remember. As an example, here is something that if read as written will definitely sound as if it is being read:“On Thursday July 7th 2005, three bomb explosions hit London Underground trains…”The reason it sounds as if it’s being read is because few people would remember what day of the week it was, so clearly the information is in front of you. If you want to come across powerfully, you have to engage in a little play-acting and say something like this:“July the 7th 2005 … I remember it was a Thursday …” There’s only one occasion when you should sound as if you’re clearly reading something; and that’s when you are quoting someone, in which case you should say exactly that: ‘…and I quote…’Ironically, reading something flawlessly doesn’t sound impressive when you’re trying to make out you’re adlibbing. It sounds cold and matter-of-fact. If you throw in the occasional hesitation, gentle emphasis and change the pace of your presentation, it’ll sound like you’re thinking about it, as if it’s something honestly important to you. This will have more intellectual and emotional impact, which is what you want, if you want your listener to think you’re smart.