Two quick tips for improving your delivery

A broadcaster who is doing play-by-play for high school sports was told by a mentor to work on his pacing and energy. He asked me how to go about doing that.

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If you have ever been told that you need to work on your delivery and/or your energy, here are two quick tips for you.

1. Read children’s books

One great way to hone your delivery, especially your inflections, is to read children’s books out loud. They are written in short, simple sentences with lots of adjectives – just like your play-by-play should be.

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a great one for this purpose. Read the books with the same animation you would use if reading aloud to a child. You’ll develop a feel for pacing, pausing and emphasis that will work for you on air as well.

2. Let your enjoyment show

Some broadcasters struggle to sound excited without being over the top.

The best way to increase your energy is to let your love for sports and your love for broadcasting come out in your delivery. When someone gives you a surprise gift, you use a different voice than you would if you were telling someone that their dog died. Some broadcasters get too caught up in trying to sound “professional.”

Screw professional. Sound personable. And smile when you speak. You can hear a smile on the air.

3 Comments

  1. Bill Oliver

    Thanks for the children’s book suggestion and you’re right on point when it comes to sounding personable and smiling when you speak.

    • Jon Chelesnik

      Hi Bill — I always love hearing from you.

      Children’s books are tailor made for reading with drama, inflection and personality. They’re perfect for honing a broadcasting delivery. Reading ANYTHING aloud is good practice, but children’s books are best.

  2. Ben Simon

    You need to love it; your listeners will feel the emotion! Great point.

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