I have always felt greatly at ease having conversations with people off “the top of my head.” I love telling stories, jokes and sharing life’s adventures spontaneously. However, some people are uncomfortable ad-libbing.
This brings me to a question I hear a lot from voiceover clients and students: “What is conversational speech?”
During our day, while speaking with others, all of us make conversation as the situation demands. When we do, we’re improvising. All conversation is improvised. “Conversational speech” is a technique that relies on this idea, helping us to take someone else’s (written) words and make them sound as if they are our own - with unique cadences, inflections and tonal qualities. This process is just that: a process that can be learned and a skill honed with practice. It is what I have learned to do from some great teachers and it is what I love sharing with voiceover students.
Convincing your audience that you are sincere is accomplished by speaking to them, not reading to them. Conversational speech helps bridge the gap between merely reading words and speaking words. Conversational speech is all about you. All about you, is how I approach my journey with my students.
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