Have you ever made an online video, then when you watched it, was dismayed to hear your voice was monotone? Boring? Ho-hum?
That can happen especially if you're new at making videos. The common reasons for a boring video voice-over are:
Thankfully, you can overcome these challenges and become a more dynamic speaker in your videos.
Here's what I do to make my voice more lively on my videos (works for podcasts and teleseminars, too):
The way to sound dynamic is to BE energized. Get up, do jumping jacks, and walk or jog around.
Now that you've energized your body, keep it that way by recording while standing up. This also keeps you mentally alert, which will reflect in your voice.
Even if there's nobody else there, smile as you speak. Your smile “shows” in your voice.
Forget that faceless online audience. Instead, imagine your best friend or best viewer is in front of you, and talk to him or her. Talk naturally, complete with hand gestures and facial expressions.
A script forces you to be unnatural. But if you must use one, write it in a conversational way. Read it aloud at least once, so you can rewrite the parts that are stilted and sound unnatural. Then as you're recording, feel free to deviate from your script if that enables you to speak more naturally. Also, don't worry if you say a few “ums” and “ahs.” That's how humans speak!
The more you record yourself in video, audio, the better you'll get at it. So if you're not happy with your videos right now, take heart. You'll get better.
What do you think of the quality of your VOICE on your videos?
Lexi Rodrigo is a communication and marketing professional for multimillion-dollar businesses, co-author of Blog Post Ideas: 21 Proven Ways to Create Compelling Content and Kiss Writer's Block Goodbye, and host of "Marketing Insights LIVE!." Connect with Lexi on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
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Great tips Lexi! Do you have a tip for reading your script without making it obvious on video?
@Imie – My first tip would be: don’t use a script! Especially if you’re going to be on-camera, people can always tell if you’re reading. But if you must use a script, then use an outline or bullet points. If you really, really need a full-blown script, write it conversationally. Read it aloud several times to make sure it sounds like YOU. Hope that helps!
Great tips Lexi! I’ve used every single one for audio recording and they all work! I especially like recording while standing up. You can just get more air and a stronger voice.
@Christina Lemmey – We do need to get off our bu**s more often! lol 🙂
Good reminders. I’m always more energetic when I’m consistent with my exercise. Also re Imie’s question – strongly agree with your reply. I use to be a script only person, but it truly sounds better to absorb your content and then speak about it as you would to a friend.
@Sharon McMillan – Totally agree!
Yes! Great tips – I do all of them. LOL Not always for vlogging, but whenever I do voiceovers you pretty much nailed part of my routine.