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How to Talk like a Newscaster

In this mixed-up world, people want a voice they can trust. Talk like a newscaster and give the impression that you're in the know.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Neutralize your voice Lose your regional dialect -- actual newscasters frequently move between cities and need to have a neutral accent. Speak a little slower and enunciate carefully, until no one can tell where you're from.
  • Step 2: Communicate the action Tell a story when you talk. Think about each sentence's point, and stress the words that best communicate the action to help your viewers understand the information easily.
  • Step 3: Speak with authority Speak with conviction, whether or not you know what you're talking about. Maintain good posture and make eye contact with anyone you address, to project confidence and knowledge.
  • TIP: If you're completely uninformed, make up a weather report for the upcoming week.
  • Step 4: Stay calm Don't exaggerate when you speak; people wouldn't take a real newscaster seriously if everything they said sounded like a major development. Keep your inflection even and calm while still sounding engaged.
  • Step 5: Have a conversation Loosen up -- speak in a conversational style and add a few laughs while you speak to connect with your audience. Then, when you've covered the day's major topics, utter a signature sign-off line and shuffle a few pieces of paper as the credits roll.
  • FACT: In 2010, 762 American television stations produced original local news broadcasts.

You Will Need

  • Neutral accent
  • Storytelling ability
  • Conviction
  • Good posture
  • Sign-off line
  • Paper
  • Weather report (optional)

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