Here’s the big news: there’s an entire course on just this available just here. The bits that are particularly important are to do with diction.
In particular… diction!
Just in case you’re not sure, it’s diction.
Don’t worry though, you’ll get the basics here so there’s no need to take the course unless:
- you’re fascinated
- you have a particular problem
- you want to be expert rather than ‘good enough’
- you want to be a live speaker.
Don’t worry though, you’ll get the basics here!
Diction is very heavily related to how hard your lips and face are working. In other words, it’s all about making the muscles that control your speech do their thing. Think of it as a bit like playing a sport: you warm up your muscles before you take to the pitch, right? Or at least you should! Warm up your face and mouth before you take to the microphone!
The video below explain how to do that in the most effective way…
… but in the meantime what you need to know is that the clearer, and easier to understand you are, the more the people who watch your videos trust you and can learn from you.
Advice: run through these exercises a few times when you’re not intending to make videos, so that you get used to them. If you use them for the first time when you’re video-ing you’ll feel too self-conscious.
There’s even considerable research that points out that people who are easy to understand are considered more trustworthy, nicer and more caring – as well as more intelligent etc. (It’s a bit worrying but I’m afraid it’s true!)