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Learn the skill of Voice Acting and voice over and master the art of reading aloud

teacher avatar Serena Greenslade, Elocution Teacher since 1994

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11 Lessons (1h 3m)
    • 1. Voice acting introduction

      4:54
    • 2. The Basics

      2:26
    • 3. Reading The News

      10:14
    • 4. Reading an advert

      3:57
    • 5. Reading a promotional piece

      4:18
    • 6. Career

      5:15
    • 7. Voice Acting - reading a trailer

      2:53
    • 8. Reading a technical piece

      7:17
    • 9. $50 Haircut

      8:20
    • 10. Reading from a card

      7:39
    • 11. Posture

      5:56
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Most voice over work uses an ordinary voice which is clear and has expression.

The most important skill required for voice acting or voice over work is the ability to read aloud. This is a wonderful skill and one that can also be used to read aloud to children, friends or the elderly

We can all read - some better than others - and because of this we all think we can read aloud. The truth is, we can't. Some of us struggle.

Reading aloud is a skill that anyone can learn but there are basics steps to go through.



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Serena Greenslade

Elocution Teacher since 1994

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Hello, I'm Serena.

I know how it feels to be anxious about speaking but I am now qualified to the highest level and am able to help you improve your speaking skills. If you think of a little old lady dressed in a Tweed suit talking rather 'posh' when you hear the words 'elocution teacher' think again! I live in jeans, laugh a lot and have a hint of a Dorset accent when not teaching but I am passionate about my work and am incredibly serious (with a smile)  when it comes to teaching my clients to sound confident.

When I was about ten, my school had a parents evening where the parents go along and chat to the teachers to find out how their children are getting on.  During the course of the conversation with my mum, my teacher told her that I seemed happy enough but... See full profile

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1. Voice acting introduction: Thank you for enrolling on this course. I'm Serena on dumbed. I've been teaching people how to use their voice since 1994. I know nothing about microphones. I know nothing about soundproofing. Sorry, I had to giggle because I recorded this lecture once and I actually forgot to turn the microphone on. So there we go. Um but I do know how you can use your voice on if you want to do any voice over work or voice acting, whether it be professional or just for fun. For charity, perhaps you need to be able to use your voice. You need to be able to read a script. A make it sound interesting. You need to be enthusiastic. You need to be able to make it sound as though you're not reading a script so I can teach you all of that. Now, you don't need any special tools, particularly you don't need a soundproof room. You don't need a special microphone. But it would be very beneficial if you could print out the scripts which I have included. Here is a download. You can then follow with me as we go through them on and they will also be extracts up on the screen for you to try and to experiment with. If you can't print them out, if you could somehow have access to them so you can read them whilst we are doing the lectures, that would be great. Okay, now we all think we can read aloud because we can all read. Some of us read faster than others. Some of us can remember what we've read more easily than others. Um, but we all think we can read, but not everyone can easily read aloud. It is a skill that I believe I can teach anyone to do. Andi. It's a very enjoyable skill. But there are rules, and there are tips, and there are things you need to do in certain things. You mustn't do so unique. One thing to do is to practise out loud. There's no point taking these scripts and reading them to yourself. You must practise out loud. Okay, In all the years that I've been teaching, I have never recommended that anybody records their voice. I know that some teachers recommend it and do it all the time. I personally think that we all sound much different than we think we do. And for some people is quite a shock. Uh, I don't particularly like how I must be sounding to you, um, but I have a voice that I hear what I'm speaking in my head. That's the voice I need to be comfortable with. That's the voice that gives me confidence on when you speak. You will hear how you sound in your head, and that's what you have to be comfortable with. If you really have this desire to record yourself, please don't over analyse it. Just put it on and just pretend it's somebody else and think, Are they going too fast? Is it too slow? Is it too quiet or is it just a mumbled mess? But don't analyze how you sound. You can't do anything about it, really. You may have an accent that you could alter if you wanted to, but that's another skill set again. Um, and to be quite honest, anybody can speak clearly with any accent as long as they follow certain rules. Not going too fast opening your mouth, etcetera, etcetera. Um, so just be comfortable with how you sound. You have enrolled on this course, because you want to learn how to usual voice for voiceover work or voice acting, so we will jump straight in. I could do a couple of lectures about how to sound exciting, how to put expression into how to make sure you don't go too fast or too slow. But I think the best way to to attack those things is to cover it as we go. So the first few scripts may have a bit more technical stuff in it. As I explain things on then, by the time we've got to third or fourth script, you will know exactly what I'm talking about, OK, so let's get on with it. 2. The Basics: there are two aspects to speaking. One is the technical side being able to pronounce all the ends of the words being ableto open your mouth wide enough on all the vowel sounds not going too fast so that people can hear you clearly not being too quiet. But there's also the expressive side because you could be technically brilliant. You could speak at the right speed, the right power. You could say all the tizen does of the ends of the words. You could open your mouth really wide, but you could sound incredibly boring. Okay, we don't want that. So you need expression as well. You need to know how to make important words stand out. And that's what we will be doing with these scripts. I will be demonstrating to you how to make certain parts stand out. I will be using my interpretation. The words I make standout will be the words that I think are important. You may have different ideas on If you're working for somebody, they may have even different ideas, so you have to listen to what people want. But at the same time, you need to have the skill, knowledge and confidence to make. It's sound interesting to you. So you need to be able to pick out the important words and think, Yes, I'm gonna go with this. This is what I think will make it sound good. If it's not what is required, then it will be suggested that perhaps you make a different word stand out. So that's how we're going to approach it. We will take this script. I will go through them. I will show you the speed, the power, which was, I think need to stand out on how to make them stand out, which is the important thing. And also, as we go, I will emphasize the fact that words need to be clear. This doesn't mean that if you have an accent, you can't do this. You can speak incredibly clearly on be incredibly interesting with an accent. So if you have an accent on your quite happy with it, keep it. Don't worry about trying to soften it too much, Okay, so that's what we're going to do. 3. Reading The News: news reading. News articles are generally very short, and you often have 345 and lots off. Okay, so you have to start. You have a beginning, a middle and an end. Poor's another beginning, middle and an end pause. So you need to make sure that you separate each story. But each story has to be complete in itself. Even though it is short again, we need to make the important words stand out. So the listener just picks out these important words, and they don't have to sit there and try and analyze what it is you are telling them. So I will just do, um, two stories under news. Okay, so and again right from the start, your into it. You haven't got time to know. Build it up straight from the very first word. A team of scientists at the University of California have discovered that people prone to weight gain may also be at greater risk of dementia. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that carriers of the mutation of the F T O gene, which increases the risk of obesity by 66% had brains that looked 16 years older than those of non carriers. Formula One team Ferrari have just announced that Kimmy Reichman will not race for them in 2019 and will instead rejoin the cyber racing team, making way for Charles Leclerc to partner Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari team. Dreams do come true, Leclerc posted on Twitter. I will be eternally grateful to Ferrari for the opportunity, given two stories short to the point. The main thing I would say here is Don't rush the longer words right University, California Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Don't get tongue tied. Take your time. Let your mouth have time to say the sounds. Andi To move from one shape to another. No, when you get a piece and it could be news like this, or it could be an advert for something, or even in a corporate business piece when you have numbers. So percentages in this case they are there for a reason. They are either very big numbers trying to prove a point. Or they could be very small numbers trying to prove a point or if you've got something, is very close, like a 52 48 split. They are there to demonstrate the closeness of something. So those numbers are important and you need to make them stand out so that the listeners realize, OK, there's no point just rushing over, which increases the risk of obesity by 66%. Had brains that looked 16 years older than non carriers. Those numbers get lost. Okay, so you need to make them stand out, which increases the risk of obesity by 66%. That's a big number. Make it stand out. Make it sound big. Had brains that looked 16 years older than those of non carriers. So there we got two things are important. 16 years an older. It could have been younger. It could have said brains that looked 16 years younger. So those are the words that need to stand out. Okay, That's what you need to know. To be able to appreciate what the article is saying. Now, we've got numbers in the next article 2019. Don't rush it. 2019. Okay, Don't miss off. The tees is not 2019. Okay? It's not 20 20. Okay, Does take your time. It has awkward words. Kimmy, Reichman, Charles Leclerc. Sebastian Vettel. They're all words and names that need you to take your time. They've got syllable, right? Right. Can none Don't Don't try and squash it. Take your time when you are saying, um, dreams do come true. The clerk posted on Twitter separate the what he said from the fact that you're telling them he said it that make you said you don't drink. We don't want dreams do come true Leclerc posted. All right. Puzzle listener doesn't know where the speech marks are. You can see them. You know which bit is dialogue in which bit isn't the listener Doesn't know that. So you have to stop and make it clear. Dreams do come true. Look, luck posted on Twitter I will be eternally grateful. Sit, Stop. Don't be frightened off that pause. So let's get you to have a go with these numbers which increases the risk of obesity by 66% . Try it. Good. Now the next bid had brains that looked 16 years older than those of non carriers. Your turn. Good. So if we do the whole room whole centers, which actually is the second paragraph, right? The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that carriers of a mutation off the F T o gene, which increases the risk of obesity by 66% had brains that looked 16 years older and those of non carriers. So try and don't rush No break. Good. So then we've got finished that one than those of non carriers. One three Formula One team. Okay, so count between a paragraph. Count to three. One to free. Go When you go. If your voice up, you don't want Formula One team Formula One, Team Ferrari. Okay. It's a new new topic. New excitement. Sorry. My big old Labrador is lying down here next to me, making funny noises. Sorry. Thank those of non carriers. Count one to three. Formula One team Ferrari. Okay, that's a have a go go from those of non carriers. Count to three, then start with fresh enthusiasm. Fan those off. Yes, three. Good. I suggest you pause the lecture now on read thes two news items out loud, pausing between them, making those numbers stand out. And don't rush through the, um the names the Reich in in the Charles Leclerc. Sebastian, make sure you have time to say, although syllables. Right. So no rush, even opportunity. There's no opportunity. Oper to unity. Sorry. That noise That was the local village church bells, which are only about I'm a few 100 yards away from me that go of every half hour. I've usually got my own. The clock a bit better than this. So falls the lecture and read thes through. Okay, Um, have a go. Brilliant. Well, I hope you manage that. I hope you remember to Paul's. Okay, And say, with a news item, you've got a very short few sentences of a beginning. A middle and an end on the beginning. And the middle and the end are all important. There are so few words that you don't have time, you know, to to think about building up to it or, um, you just have to do it. Okay. Quick, sharp, expressive Career pause Next one 4. Reading an advert: advertisements. Advertisements generally are short. So right from that very first word, you have got to sound enthusiastic about whatever it is you're trying to sell. Um, you're not just reading something. You've got to make it come alive. You've got to make those words live. Okay, so we have an advertisement here for a company that delivers fresh fish. So, do you love cooking and eating fresh fish, but does it to make your car smell? By the time you get it home, let the front door fish company deliver it to your home. The best quality fresh fish delivered to your front door. No minimum order and freshness and quality guaranteed. Check out the front door fish company dot com and enjoy the freshest fish. Now, now that is almost like a tongue twister. Actually, it's got lots of fresh fish. Dishes also should. So you have to be clear, not too fast. And you have to be able to pick out what you think are the important things. So let the front door fish company deliver it to your home, right? Your So they make the person listening always that coming to me. So just try that line. Let the front door fish company deliver it to your home. Try good. So then we have no minimum order, which is hard to say and freshness and quality guaranteed. So the freshness and the quality, all those things are important. No minimum order. So that's what the personal here? No minimum. Good. Fresh quality. Okay, but it is a bit of a tongue twister, so let's try it. No minimum order and freshness and quality guaranteed to try it. Good. Check out the front door fish company dot com. Make sure that that the name of the company stands out. We don't want Check out the front door fish company dot com. Check out the front door fish company. Okay. Same is in the third line. Let the front door fish company so pause before you say the name of the company. So the people listening put those words together in their head. Okay, so let's try just that. Check out the front door fish company dot com. Try it. Good. Now, I suggest you pause the lesson on do the whole advert. Okay. So things like do you love make love? Stand out. No, not do you hate. Do you like do? Do you love? Do you love cooking and eating fresh fish? And it's a question. And then but does it make your car smell? By the time you get it home? No needs to rush because you are asking questions. And although you're not expecting somebody to sit there and say Oh, yes or no in their brain, they need to answer the question. Okay, have a go. 5. Reading a promotional piece: another kind off advert. This is a coming soon advert. Okay, so this is a temporary advert. It will only apply for a few days or a few weeks or a few months at the most. Probably a couple of weeks. Okay, so coming soon to a place near you, you've got to make it sound as though they just simply mustn't miss this. The first line coming soon to a place near you make it sound exciting. Coming soon to a place near you. The amazing that terrifying, the unbelievable circus of horrors Start their worldwide tour next month. If you want to see death defying acts, freaks, things and people you never thought existed book your tickets. Now, this unique theater show is not intended for Children unless you want to frighten the life out of them. So you've got all these adjectives, all these words Terrifying, unbelievable. Amazing use Your voice is all you've got is your voice. Okay, um death defying acts, freaks. These are not ordinary run of the day. Things are they that you know? So you wouldn't Just so it was amazing because that just sounds really boring. The amazing, the terrifying, the unbelievable circus of horrors. Okay. The amazing, the terrifying, the unbelievable. So those three words So you try them. All right? The amazing You can't go over the top, You know, It has to be big to try it. Good. The terrifying on a good way to get terrified. I mean, open him out. I terrifying, terrifying the terrifying, the terrifying Try it, Open your mouth Really wide. The the unbelievable. Now notice I said the unbelievable. If the word following the word the begins with a vowel A e i o u Then you pronounce it the the unbelievable. Okay, so the unbelievable Try it. Good death defying acts again. Defying. And don't rush that eyeing. Try it. Freaks. Try it. Things and people you never thought existed. Try that bit. So let's do the whole thing again. Let's say it along together. I know it's not that easy. Remembering in that first of second sentence you've got to these and one of the okay. Coming soon to a place near you. The amazing the terrifying, the unbelievable circus of horrors Start their worldwide tour next month. If you wanted to see death defying acts, freaks, things and people you never thought existed. Book your tickets. Now, this unique theater show is not intended for Children unless you want to frighten the life out of them now. Poor's selector for a few minutes and try it on your own. Go. That was brilliant. Okay, so you're just using your voice to make these words jump off the page and come alive. 6. Career: a more serious advert. Um, this is a bit more business like, but you still have to use your voice. You still have to make these important words really stand out. Perhaps they're not quite so dramatic is some words. Could be, but I'll read it first. Are you interested in a career in voice acting? Are you confident that your voice is as expressive and clear as it could be? Can you use your voice to sell ideas and products? If you want a successful long term career in this field, you need to be able to master one essential skill, reading aloud, enrol on Serena's course right now and become the best you can possibly be. Serena has been teaching voice acting for over 24 years and can help you now with lifetime access. You can only benefit from this course. What are you waiting for? Click now. So we've had a few words we could make Stand out. You're asking questions again. Are you interested in a career? Are you confident? Can your usual voice So just pour slightly when you get to that question mark just so that the person listening Yes. No. Yes. Long term career. Make the word long. Give them this feeling that this is going to last a lifetime. Okay? You don't Just if you want a successful long term career, a long term career if you want a successful right, you need to be able to master one essential skill. Make that one stand out. Um, the right now to be the best. So all those adjectives or those describing words that a good makes them stand out. So that's what they hear. Okay, so let's just try a bit of this. So, um well, this stuff very beginning. So right from the start, are you interested in a career in voice acting? Try it. Good. Was Skip the next bit go to. If you want a successful long term career, don't rush those words. There's no point in squashing them. Okay, Try it if you want. He wanted six long term career. You need to be able to master one essential skill. Try me. Scale good enrol on Serena's course right now and become the best you can possibly be. So we've got right now. Best. Okay? They're the things that got to stand out. So enroll, You try good. Um, what are you waiting for? Okay. Click now. Positive. Upbeat. What? Why shouldn't they? Okay, so you try it. What are you waiting for? Click now. All right. No hesitation now, So let me read it once more, and then you compose the lecture on Have a go yourself. You could say it along with me. Actually, this time, are you interested in a career in voice acting? Are you confident that your voice is as expressive and clear as it could be? Can you use your voice to sell ideas and products? If you want a successful long term career in this field, you need to be able to master one essential skill reading aloud enrol on Serena's course right now on become the best you can possibly be. Serena has been teaching voice acting for over 24 years and can help you now with lifetime access. You can only benefit from this course. What are you waiting for? Click now. So Paul's and have a go yourself. Brilliant. So although this was a little bit more business like in a way, we still found words that we could pick out and use to make the words come alive. 7. Voice Acting - reading a trailer: a very short trailer for an interview. OK, so exclusive. Listen to the amazing Steph burglary. Talk about a fascinating daily life with the circus. Thursday at 10 p. N. Chloe Base follows the glamorous on not so glamorous life Oven Iron Jaw Circus performer Don't miss it. Thursday at 10 on channel 871 The information here has to be clear when it is, um, what it is and where it is. So those are the important things. Okay, Exclusive so that this doesn't apply to everybody. It's here now. Amazing, fascinating Again. Their dramatic words we can make stand out to Just try a few of these words. So try exclusive. Good, Amazing, fascinating The glamorous, the not so glamorous Don't miss it, right? 871 Those numbers need to be clear, so people don't misunderstand which channel it is on. So again, So now try would do it spoke the split it up. Sorry, tongue tied. Not a very good advert. Exclusive. Listen to the amazing Steph Mercury Talk about her fascinating daily life with the circus. Try that one sentence. Exclusive Good Thursday at 10 p.m. Try Chloe Bates follows the glamorous on DNA. Not so glamorous life. Oven Iron Jaw Circus performer. Try that bit. Don't miss it. Thursday at 10. On channel 871 Try that bit. Don't. Good. So again, you can pause it and do the whole thing through. But that short to the point full of life. 8. Reading a technical piece: Sometimes you will not be selling a particular service or a particular product to a consumer. A such not your, you know, average, um, lady home, listening to the radio or a man in a van listening to the radio. It may be more corporate. It may be more business like, um so were you going to sell it? It has to have a bit more of a professional feel to hit. Perhaps slightly more serious, more technical. I've tried to find a piece that goes in that direction. It's difficult because of copyright, to use something very technical and very specific. So I've gone for an article that is out of copyright. Onda will try and use this and we can use the same skills were used in storytelling. But we are not storytelling. Okay, so it is not very long. It is in the resource is so you can download it, which would be ideal. I will read it. I will then go over a few off the words on the methods I've used on. Then we'll read it together. How to have the smartest home on the block with all the talk about smart technology and connected homes, you may be wondering why you should take notice. After all, it is not that difficult or inconvenient to turn your lights on and off. According to the American Lighting Association, the A L. A smart technology is not just about convenience. It is not even just about lighting. It is also about energy efficiency on safety efficiency. Smart technology allows you to connect your home's Elektronik devices to one device, such as a phone tablet or computer. Having a connected home means that you have the ability to adjust your thermostat open and close window shades on. Activate your security system remotely or program. Those devices toe operate automatically at preset times. Energy efficiency is important, but safety is paramount. It was like reading a story, but it's not a story. It's information. But you still need to pause when you get to the full stops and the punctuation so that the listener can take him. What you have said, there are important words still didn't Kansteiner out, and there are words that help the listener understand on words that stop it from sounding boring by adding that variety. So let's try it together. We'll just do the 1st 2 sentences. So along with me, with all the talk about smart technology, Onda connected homes, you may be wondering why you should take notice. After all, it is not that difficult or inconvenient to turn your lights on and off. So I made y stand out. You may be wondering why you should take notice. Okay, I paused a lot because these long sentences and the words are long, difficult, inconvenient technology. They're not difficult words, but it's very easy when you're reading out loud to squash, um, inconvenient just to try and say quickly inconvenient. So you need to take your time, and then you keep that fluency by taking your time. Macario, according to the American Lighting Association, Right now, I've paused after that to let people take that in. Yes, I know smart technology is not just about convenience. It is not even just about lighting. So you are trying to make this son interesting. You are reading it as a story, so let's do that bit again together. According to the American Lighting Association, the A L. A smart technology is not just about convenience. It is not even just about lighting. And when I said the word lighting my mouth open, I lighting. It's not lighting lighting like the word up. So you're getting that variation on your bringing these words toe life. I would suggest that you rewind this lecture, OK? Go back to the beginning where I read it out loud and read it along with me. You might even just want to turn the sound down so you can only just hear me just to give you a clue off the speed on the pausing, but read it yourself out loud just with me in the background. Okay? So rewind now and then Fast forward back to where we are. So that was reading a, um, informative piece about some technology. Some pieces could be really dry and boring. Almost. But whether you're talking about, I don't know, new Windows starter motors, I don't think they have those anymore. I don't know. Chairs, cutlery, uh, scissors. I'm just looking around. What can I find? Cups, plates, sello tape, even paper. You know, for somebody that works in paper, paper is exciting. This different grades of paper I learned from a friend who worked in paper that Italian paper. I believe is very well thought off. So whatever it is you're reading about on you're talking about, you have to sell that product. You have to make it sound interesting, Andi, by making important words, stand out, not rushing it, reading it as a story that becomes very easy to do. 9. $50 Haircut: This is a business type piece on this time. We have numbers figures in it, so in a way it could come across more boring and more difficult to understand and more difficult to read. But again, as with all these things treated as the story, you are just sharing information, So let's have it. Go with it. The title is online group buying sites soar in popularity, so then we start off with numbers straight away. That number has to stand out. Is that a big number? Is it a little number? Is it on unimportant number? Generally, numbers are there for a reason, so they need to stand out. Otherwise, the person writing it would never have thought to put it in. So a $50 haircut will set you back a mere $25 when purchased with the click of a mouse on a group buying website, recommended the deal to two friends and get to $10 credits used towards a deal at a local restaurant that gives $40 worth of food and drink for just $20 a free meal. Now those numbers are or can be confusing to your listener. You have the benefit of seeing them written down. The listener doesn't. So you've got to pause, say these numbers clearly, and then you've got things like to $10 credits. Okay, you could make it clear. It's a bit like when you go into a restaurant or a cafe on Do you might say, Can I have two egg and chips, please? Now, does that mean you want to eggs and chips once, or does it mean you want egg and chips? Twice, there's There's an actress to talking about numbers, and obviously, in that instance, I was thinking egg and chips twice, not to eggs and chips. So when you've got 2 $10 credits, make sure you stop. Okay? Legit 2 $10 credits. Andi people listening to what they can't see it so that they're hearing is these numbers, and they need time to take it in and work it out. So we'll just do this first bit again, a $50 haircut or set you back a mere $25 when purchased with the click of a mouse on a group buying website. Recommend the deal to two friends and to get to $10 credits used towards a deal at a local restaurant that gives $40 worth of food and drink for just $20 a free meal. Okay, so you have a go. Don't rush these numbers so we'll split it up. Would do the first half of a sentence. A $50 haircut will set you back. A mere $25. Do that bit good. They needed to stop after dollars and then when purchased with the click of a mouse on a group buying website. To try that, I pause after mouse when purchased with the click of a mouse on a group buying website. Good Next bit. Recommend the deal to two friends Poor's and get to $10 credits. Try that. Recommend the deal to two friends and to get to $10. Credit the next passed sentence used towards a deal at a local restaurant. Pause that gives $40 worth of food and drink for just $20 to try that used towards a deal at the restaurant que $40 food drink. Just don't a free meal. So pause the video now and try that paragraph. OK, off you go. Good. So that's how you use numbers. I would just do the last paragraph of that little item. Welcome to the world of group buying Internet style, where the power of the Web can be utilized to offer surprisingly large discounts to a sizable number of people for things they actually want to buy. Now that is an incredibly long sentence. You need to pause. You need to work out where to Paul's and you've got words that don't need to be rushed. Surprisingly okay, sizable sizeable. By making the word longer, you're making it bigger. Unsurprisingly, make it sound a surprise. Surprisingly lift your voice utilised. Actually, actually, no, actually. Okay, get all those syllables in. But the main thing here is to Paul, so it makes sense. So let's just try it. Read along with me. I'll do it quietly. So I'm just in the background. Welcome to the world of group buying Internet style where the power off the Web could be utilized. Toe offer surprisingly large discounts to a sizable number of people for things that actually want to buy. Good. So we had a surprisingly large sizable. We got power of the Web. Make that would powerful. Okay, attack it let me get a few more numbers. The first thing I will say is that the word the here is the because industry starts with a vowel. Okay, so if the next word after the word the starts with a vowel, we pronounce it fee we could exploded. Make it explode. The industry has exploded in the past few years and continues to climb. It's expected to grow 138% to $2.7 billion this year in the U. S. Alone, according to the local offer. Network says lots of information. Andi, It's big. Okay, it exploded 138%. 2.7 billion. That's a big number. Okay, try it. I'll say it quietly in the background on Did you say it along with me? The industry has exploded in the past few years and continues to climb. It's expected to grow 138% to $2.7 billion this year in the U. S. Alone, according to local offer network. Good. So usual voice to act. Okay, make a lot. These muddled up numbers make sense to the listener. And if it's something big and something is expanding. That implies, in this instance, that it's an exciting business to get in to make it sound exciting. 10. Reading from a card: so far in this course, we have talked about reading out loud where you will be speaking into a microphone so people won't see. However, whilst we are talking about reading aloud because it is a wonderful skill to be able to master, there are times when you will be reading aloud, perhaps to a naughty incense. Two Children toe elderly people who perhaps can't see very well, um, giving a presentation at work, trying to sell something. So there are instances where you will be there when you will be reading. Okay, even if you are one of those people that hates, absolutely hates. Talking in public reading aloud, I always found, was a much safer way of speaking in front of people because you are using other people's words. I always think that one of the main reasons people get worried about speaking in public is because they think they're going to be criticized for what they say. However, if you are reading somebody else's words, that shouldn't worry you. You know they may not agree with it, but you didn't write it, so it's not a personal criticism of you. And if you have learned all the skills of reading aloud If you know how to make the important word. Stand out if you know how to sit and stand. If you know how to open your mouth. If you know not to go too fast, then what can you possibly do wrong? You've got the words in front of you. You're not going to forget the word you can read. You know how to look up unto share on the natural words. So it's a win win situation. So with that in mind, let me explain a few of the perhaps more technical details to reading aloud. First of all, what you need something to read from. You may have a big, thick book. Now sometimes that's not very easy. Toe hold. I can't see one here. I feel a big book, Um, which if I was trying to read from his got photos, and if I was trying to read from this, I would find that quite difficult to hold. Onda pages won't stay where they're supposed to, you know, they keep closing on me and turnover, so that would be quite difficult. And it's not very likely I'm going to read the whole book to you. I don't going to read an extract. So what I would do when I always do what I always teach people to do is to print it out. Either type it and print it or write it by hand. Or if it's a you know, if it's a magazine article or something, you can cut out and stick it onto a piece of card. Now, your piece of card can be really posh and expensive or like this very cheap, but on it I have stuck words. Okay, um, I would do it this way around. I wouldn't do that because if you do that, you're likely to hide your face and that doesn't work. And also, if you do that turn, the words are coming from your mouth and they're going straight into the paper. They need to get to the audience. So you're talking to that and you're stopping the sound. You do it this way around is much easier to speak over the top washed your reading. Now you don't need to look at the audience the whole time you're reading. After all, you don't know all the words. You look down and you read and you look up on a few of those important words. You look down again and you carry on reading. And then you look up again just to make sure they're still there. They can understand you and they know that you are talking to them. They know that you haven't forgotten they all that if you have your words stuck onto a card like this, you can also underline important words you can see here. I have underlined certain things. Now that is to remind me to look up. I may not look up on exactly the word I wonder Lined. It doesn't really matter. I'm there or thereabouts. I've looked. I've underlined the very first word on the very last. That should become a habit that you never have to think about. Whenever anybody just says or can you read this and gives it to you? You should automatically look up on the first word. OK, It's surprising how many people don't and there read and read and read. And then halfway through there just glance that doesn't work. That's no good communication. So when you start out underlying it underlying important words. So I've got here on old lady, so looked a tip, looked up on old lady sits by her new garden fence. She looks at her flowers and thinks it makes sense to plants and more tulips. Where once was a shed, it was the den of her husband, now, sadly dead. She sits and she smiles as she remembers the past. How she on old Elbert would sit on the grass, they to picnic on cakes she'd made to save pence. The money they saved bought the new garden fence, so I looked up Occasionally. You don't want okay, does distracting for the listener. You don't want me to sit and read the whole thing like this looking down. So you sharing it on by underlining a few words. And I looked up admittedly on a few words that weren't underlined because I know the peace and I was able to sometimes as well. When you're reading out loud, people are frightened to look up because they think they're going to lose their place when they look back down. In reality, even if you do, it might feel to you like it's taking you minutes and minutes and minutes to find your place. It's probably only half a second, so the listener won't even notice. But what I do and I've always done, is I I hold it like this on my thumb, if you can see is like that on as I'm reading, I move slowly. Not faster. People wouldn't hardly notice. I move my thumb down as I go. Okay, That gives me a rough idea. When I look up, I know that I'm around about this area and this is only short the words the lines of, well, spaced. But if you've got the whole page, okay, and the lines of closer together, this helps. At least you got a rough idea when you look back down in which part of the page you're on. So I would just move my hand down and and to say, people wouldn't even notice a few tips, print it out and stick it on card. Underline important bits beginning the end. Anything in between that you think is important. Amazing, brilliant, terrifying. If it's business like than the important words up 66%. Okay, make the important bit Stand out. Look up when you can, um and just enjoy it. Don't be frightened to look up. Use your hand 11. Posture: How should you sit or stand when you are reading aloud? Well, there's take sitting first of all when you sit Don't don't do this. Don't sit down and then slump He cut right that first first position of city. So you're sitting upright. Hold your card or your book so that the words can go over the top. Don't put it on your lap because then you are reading down to the floor the words of going into the floor and people won't be able to hear you properly on. They won't be able to see your face. So there will be no communication if you hold it too high. The words go straight into the page. So you got that barrier. You're stopping the sound. Andi, you have stopped any communication. If I'm reading like this, I don't know if you're still there. If you're listening to me, you have no idea whether I even care if you're listening to me. So it's all to do. Is sharing sharing ideas, sharing stories, communicating? I don't mean you need to stare at your audience and frighten the life out of them. Okay, that's that's justus bad. So don't sit here like this, staring at them. It needs to be casual. Almost, um, natural. Just glance up. Check. They're still there. Check that. The look on their face. Are they confused? Um, and they need to see that you are sharing it with them. You are where they are there. So hold it about here. Everybody will be different depending on their eyesight. Some people may have to hold it further away. Some closer for me with my reading glasses Here is about right. I can read this and I can look up. Okay, Um, I can I can look up on the words of underlying and I can share. If my chair has arms, I can rest my arms as long as this is This is in the right position. Okay, So that's how you would do it if you were sitting to top straight. Read. Look up. Be a little bit aware when you are sitting of what your feet to doing. I have known instances where people have bean in important situations, exams, festivals and they've been sat at a table and they've been reading Andi. They have forgotten the fact that the audience can see their feet, so don't don't move around too much. Tried to just make whatever is comfortable for you is the main thing. As the reader, you need to be comfortable. But just be aware that you have got feet and people can see them standing up. I I could I could I suppose I should stand up on demonstrate. But to be quite honest, my recording equipment is not that expensive and is not that advanced. I am recording with the little Webcam camera on my built into my laptop. So if I was to stand up, I can't actually get far enough away for you to see the whole body. I have got drawing diagrams that I have drawn that I will put in the next lecture just straight forward. A couple of drawings Explain about sitting, holding, standing. Okay, that's the easiest way to do it. Believe me Now, if you're going to stand up and read much the same applies, Don't hold it up here. Don't hold it down there. Don't stand to attention. Don't think I've got to stand up like this now because you're all you're doing is tensing all the muscles. Don't lock your knees because that again tenses all the muscles all the way up. People that stand to attention. Soldiers, Ballerinas, Gymnast, They don't have to speak at the same time. So stand upright, but be comfortable, right? Your arms are gonna hold your piece of card or your book trying not to sway from side to side or backwards and forwards. Okay, that's very distracting to listeners. Try to stand still, but at the same time don't be frightened to move, you know? Don't be frightened, Justo. You will notice when I'm reading. I'm not sitting still all the time. I moved because that's the natural way to do things. So you stand up straight. Hold this in a sensible place. Not down here. Not up here. And you read. Please don't fold the page back. A lot of people are very worried about that, So don't do that. If you only need the one sheet, then just stick it onto one sheet and just try not to fiddle. Try not to be. You know, putting a hand where you are is one thing. But just you know, if I was reading this and I'm you know I'm like doing this. Don't We don't want you looking up and down too much comfortable standing. Look confident. Look up share, but don't stare.