I may have to do some podcast-type stuff for work. I don't have a great radio voice. It's thin and slightly regionally accented, and I talk quickly, mumble and (soberly) slur words a bunch. With attention and concentration I can correct these faults up to "average" level; but I'd like to be
at radio/podcast presentation. What further steps should I take?
For the past 7 years, I've done a lot of public speaking in the form of Q&As/presentations. Early on I was doing a pretty bad job (fast talking, mumbling, underenunciation), but with tons of practice I've gotten a lot better. I guess I'm somewhere in the neighborhood of "average", now, but can still slip into bad habits if I'm excited or distracted.
I will have radio pros running mic-ing/mixing/engineering -- so not so much looking for equipment advice/setups. I know the basics of mic technique and have worked on a sound crew before -- but if you have some next-level/advanced advice that you think would help, please do share.
Looking instead for voice advice, and things addressing developing one's presentation voice, specifically. (exercises? programs?). I know about Toastmasters, of course, but I'm interested in exploring alternatives with more of a radio focus.
If it would help, here's a six-minute example of me speaking
publicly [I have no affiliation with that YouTube account, or with that organization, past them recording me when I spoke once. ]
. While I don't think I sound remarkably good or bad, keep in mind that this probably represents my high-water mark; and I think that of the presenters that day I was definitely on the low side -- several groups large enough to have a designated "good talker" sent their good talkers that day, and they did better and were more easily understood.
I would like to be a good (radio) talker. I realize that scripted public oration is different than radio, but I hope the example illustrates the baseline upon which I'm trying to build. Sincere thanks for your time and for your expertise.