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How to talk good on the radio?–Speech exercises for average voices?

Speech therapists/radio presenters: 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 good at radio/podcast presentation. What further steps should I take? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on May 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Does she (really) love me?

Accidentally went through my girlfriends email and read what I was not supposed to read. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Apr 4, 2014 - 43 answers

Less talkie, more workie.

I work in a small office environment: there's me, two other people who do the same job that I do, my boss, and his administrative person. I genuinely like everyone that I work with, which is wonderful. However, I'm encountering a problem with my boss's administrative person, who I'll call Cathy. Cathy has an irritating habit of cornering me and my co-workers into long "conversations" that eat up a lot of my workday, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Feb 21, 2014 - 25 answers

Hearing loss makes me talk too quietly (I think) - ideas?

The common sterotype of people with hearing loss is that they SPEAK TOO LOUDLY!!! in order to hear their own voices; for me, though, the problem is starting conversations just a bit too quietly to be easily understood. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Sep 6, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I be more expressive?

I speak "flatly", with little inflection, tonal variation, or expressiveness. How can I change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2013 - 12 answers

How to talk to kids about relatives who smoke?

My children's adored grandmother is a smoker. She doesn't smoke in front of the kids but does take several smoke breaks a day, and while our two year old is oblivious, our four year old is probably close to figuring out what's up. Growing up, I had no relatives who smoked, and my parents pushed the "boy, smokers sure think they look cool, don't they look stupid though?" angle which worked fine on me. Obviously that isn't going to work in this case. How do you talk with young children about smoking as a Bad Thing when relatives smoke?
posted by rouftop on May 21, 2013 - 33 answers

Insight versus entanglement

How do you strike a balance beween talking things out constructively, versus wallowing in negative emotions? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on May 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Am i over thinking things with him?

Am i over thinking things with him, are we friends? Acquaintances? People that talk on occasion? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Mar 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Spock loves Kirk but fails miserably as Troi

Dear Vulcan Homeworld, I want to learn how to converse better with my wife. Currently my overly-logical thought and speech patterns upset her, frequently in ways I'm unable even to predict. She deserves better. I've struggled on my own to come up with dozens of different approaches, all of which have ultimately failed in different ways, so I come to you for help. [more inside]
posted by blue_and_bronze on Mar 12, 2013 - 39 answers

Do you ever get tired of texting all the time?

Do you ever get tired of texting friends/the person you're dating everyday? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Mar 8, 2013 - 21 answers

Talking: How does it work?

I've been seeing my boyfriend for about three months, and just about everything is great. We see each other almost every day and sleep at each other's houses so often we practically live together. We have everything in common, and I've never met anyone I click with that much. One thing we have in common that's not so great, though: we're both shy, and sometimes we don't know what to say to each other! How can we overcome this? And, while we're on the subject, what are some good conversation starters? More info below. [more inside]
posted by Gee, June! on Feb 27, 2013 - 39 answers

[citation needed]

According to a study women talk more than men. Which study? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Feb 21, 2013 - 7 answers

How to make my voice sound DEEEEEP?

Metafilter, I am a tall and fit guy but my voice is high and nervous sounding. Are there any methods to deepen my sissy voice and make me a paler version of Morgan Freeman? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jan 19, 2013 - 14 answers

We are at different ends of the emotional spectrum, are we doomed?

We are at totally different ends of the emotional spectrum, are we doomed? [more inside]
posted by JIMSMITH2000 on Dec 10, 2012 - 36 answers

Help me construct a syllabus for "Talking to People 101"?

If I want to study conversation -- how people talk, what they look like when they're talking, why people talk in certain situations, how to get better at talking -- what are the classics? What has helped you? [more inside]
posted by insteadofapricots on Nov 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Awkward + shy + no date

Help a shy girl socialize at a wedding where she knows nobody [more inside]
posted by manicure12 on Oct 20, 2012 - 21 answers

OK, fine, the sky IS falling.

What are some good, supportive conversational strategies for dealing with someone who's catastrophizing? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 26, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I stop talking to myself?

How can I stop talking to myself? [more inside]
posted by travertina on Jun 5, 2012 - 19 answers

Is is this thing on?

Why do people say "is is" when they mean "is?" [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on May 1, 2012 - 72 answers

Who taught him to say 'I'm gonna put my evil inside you'?

My parrot needs some new material. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Apr 25, 2012 - 26 answers

It's so nice to meet...where was I again?

How can I learn to stay focused while talking (and listening) on the phone, particularly in professional contexts? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Mar 28, 2012 - 6 answers

How to accept or help a SO with adult ADD?

The guy I am dating has unusual tendencies, is this a part of his ADD? Or his quirkiness? How should I approach the subject? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 on Feb 13, 2012 - 75 answers

It'd be easier to have a conversation if I could get a word in edgeways

What's the best way to deal with people who talk over you? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Feb 13, 2012 - 36 answers

How to communicate in a new relationship

New relationship - how and when do I bring up the "serious" relationship conversations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Unless I initiate, there's no talking. Is this normal?

I've always had to initiate nearly all [online] conversations I've ever had. I would like to do something about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 - 14 answers

What is the name of an old rambling song?

What is the name of the older (1970's?) song where a hippy-type chap sings. The words are like a rambling story with comments on the state of the world and its indulgences something like; "To do, half past 2, clock tick, time you, fast food, food fast, open for business, convineance, emmeniance, de-grease, de-gas" kind of deal?
posted by Cogentesque on Oct 28, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I approach a second date?

Never dated someone I didn't already know. Some advice on dating protocol? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Oct 16, 2011 - 19 answers

Meeting important people. Tips on having a great conversation?

I'm meeting some important people at individual coffee meetings. What can I do to ensure I have a quality meeting/conversation where the person feels like they had a rewarding time as well? [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Oct 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for a Far Side cartoon

Thinking of a cartoon, possibly a Far Side one? Need help finding it! [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Sep 28, 2011 - 25 answers

I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist.

I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist. [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Sep 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Bulletin boards in Philly?

Physical bulletin boards for flyer postings in Philly? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Aug 30, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm sorry you're chubs...maybe have some cereal and a banana for breakfast instead of frozen pizza?

My overweight roommate is growing increasingly depressed about aforementioned extra weight. She makes poor eating choices. Should I say something? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2011 - 46 answers

Conversations? Please, please no.

I can't bear hearing multiple conversations/people talking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 - 25 answers

Talking with someone other than your SO = problem?

Dick move or overreacting? Guy needs to understand his lady. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Jul 3, 2011 - 69 answers

Conversational Tennis: 30-Love

How to get my boyfriend to engage in more conversations with me? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Jun 2, 2011 - 39 answers

I believe you when you tell me that we've met before, this time you've got my interest, this time you've got the floor

How can I get better at talking to new people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Recommend some modern-day Jan Hammer, etc.

I've recently started liking Jan Hammer's Miami Vice music, Genesis, stuff like that. Anybody doing that style today? Sans retro-irony? [more inside]
posted by circular on Mar 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Less Verbal Top Hat, More Verbal Hankerchief

I want some new verbal affectations or expressions that I can use to express my personality without looking either anachronistic or a jackass. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Feb 17, 2011 - 65 answers

drink-n-talk about deep things

manhattan filter: whats a good public place (pub/diner etc) to sit and have a long, deep, nuanced talk for at least 2 hours with a friend? Near columbia U. would be nice. Beer needed, food a plus. [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Nov 27, 2010 - 15 answers

So...how about them Bears?

I need to start calling my mom more often. We are not close. We are both bad at small talk. What the heck do we talk about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 - 31 answers

I swear, if I hear "So what's your major?" one more time...!

I'm sure other people have this problem: What to talk about the SECOND, or THIRD time you see a person you've met? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Oct 17, 2010 - 20 answers

I want to go to rehab but I don't have a habit!

Where would I find something like rehab... but without the drug bit? So basically like a retreat, but with talks/mutual feedback (trying to avoid the word "therapy")... and not excrutiatingly expensive. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Sep 20, 2010 - 17 answers

My Date Won't Stop Talking

What should I do when my date won't stop talking? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Sep 2, 2010 - 42 answers

Why do I find conversations in crowded places so unpleasant?

Why do I find conversations in crowded places so unpleasant? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jul 23, 2010 - 23 answers

How to hack car so everyone can hear each other?

How can we set up our car so people in the back can take part in conversations happening up front? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on Jul 7, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I learn to be a better talker?

People tell me I'm a good listener, but that's only good for half a conversation. I want to learn how to be a good talker. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by archagon on May 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Jury deliberation on demand

Jury deliberation was utterly exhilarating. Help me find more situations like this. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 7, 2010 - 25 answers

I want to be a little crazier

How do I stop giving people the impression that I'm totally boring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 - 25 answers

Moved to a new location, still unable to connect to people

This is an update correlating to a previous post about my social problems and lack of interests in life. I moved to a new location in an attempt at clarity and change, and to some extent have gained some, but I still have a question. THIS IS A VERY VERY LONG POST, like 25+ paragraphs long, so thanks out to those who take time to read it. [more inside]
posted by formaltide on Feb 22, 2010 - 29 answers

Can we become more than friends?

I'm developing feelings for her...should I just say so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2010 - 26 answers

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