Articulation matters

Delivering the news in a conversational way should not mean sounding sloppy on the air. Articulation makes the difference. If you suffer from “lazy mouth,” you may be hard to understand. Worse yet, you may lose credibility when poor articulation turns “ask” into “ass” or worse. This CNN bloooper should be enough to prove the point:

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Broadcast voice specialist Ann Utterback says practice is the best way to improve pronunciation. She’s shared some tongue twisters and warm-up exercises in a new post at NewsLab. Be sure to check her online voice updates on a regular basis for more useful tips on how to improve your delivery.