Greetings readers. Here is the next volume of Sportscasters Anonymous. Today’s topic is about voice.
Let’s knock one issue right off the bat. You do NOT need the voice of a god to be a sportscaster. Granted, you do need to be able to be heard. Clarity is the key. Make sure you can talk as slowly as possible. Of course, with fast paced games that’s isn’t always possible, but do your best and make sure people can understand each word. On the radio, nobody can see what you are doing or what the team is doing. Make sure to paint a vivid picture. Television is a bit different since people can see the action, but one point still remains the same.
People need to be able to understand what you are saying.
How can you accomplish this? First, try practicing in a mirror and see how you sound. Granted, you’re not going to be tip-top right out of the gate, but this helps me keep my nerves down. It might work for you.
Secondly, try using as many words as you can. What do I mean by this? Expend your vocabulary. Don’t keep using “Great play!”, as it will get stale. Try using other words, such as marvelous, fantastic, etc… Thesauruses are your best friend when it comes to learning other words.
Thirdly, make sure you don’t mumble. That kills off your broadcast. Speak clearly and don’t fret about making mistakes when talking. Just correct yourself and move on.
So there you have it, a few pointers on voice. Don’t worry if you don’t stop like someone else in the business. Sound like yourself. If you do hate your voice that much, there’s always acting classes that you can take.
Speak clearly and you’re halfway there. There’s the other half that’s the battle though.