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To be nervous as hell about reading aloud

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welliesandleaves Thu 29-Oct-15 17:21:11

I am a published writer and have been asked to read a short story aloud at an upcoming literary evening. I am really nervous because I have a very soft voice which I know doesn't project very well. I really want to do this reading, partly because the event is in aid of charity, and partly because it will be good for me.

Any tips on how to conceal nerves and learn to speak up?

ragged Thu 29-Oct-15 17:22:01


TheSnowFairy Thu 29-Oct-15 17:22:26

Will they have mics?

TheSnowFairy Thu 29-Oct-15 17:22:53

Great minds smile

welliesandleaves Thu 29-Oct-15 17:24:40

Yes, there'll be a microphone but apparently the last time I read it was hard to hear me (my mum, who was in the audience, has just helpfully given me this information, making me more nervous than ever sad)

HeyMacWey Thu 29-Oct-15 17:25:25

Practice, practice, practice.

Can you get someone to video you so you can make changes to your intonation til you're happy with it?

I find that the slower you speak, the more you will be able to project your voice.

Could you ask for a microphone?

ragged Thu 29-Oct-15 17:47:47

There's a certain technique with microphones (trust me). You need to speak softly but very close to the Mike. If you can practice & do some sound checks beforehand you'll get it just right. Also speak slower than normal and maybe enunciate most the sounds in each word (think Robert Peston). They want to hear you speak, they won't mind what seems like a slow delivery.

twinjocks Thu 29-Oct-15 17:51:40

Practice, practice, practice - and keep your chin up (literally, not metaphorically!) as your voice will project more than if you tuck your chin down.

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