A “radio voice” may be hard to define, but we all know it when we hear it. Professionally produced podcasts take raw audio and run it through post-production steps – typically adding compression and EQ – then using a process of “normalization” to stabilize the volume. Compression evens out the loudness of a voice by reducing the dynamic range of an audio signal while equalization alters specific frequencies of a voice. The combination of these tools produces a pleasant virtual voice.
But, if you’re presenting virtually without studio back-up – as is often the case – there are steps you can take to improve your voice:
- if you’re using a professional or stand-alone broadcast microphone, be careful not to move your face away from the microphone and drift out of range. This will cause your voice strength to come in and out;
- speak as naturally as possible! Use the same body language and hand gestures you would use if you were talking to someone in-person as this helps to enliven your voice;
- be comfortable with the subject at hand and you’ll find it easier to speak fluidly and naturally. Practice beforehand and avoid reading word-for-word from a script. Your notes should only contain key words to ensure you cover the points you need to address; and,
- speak slowly and clearly to make sure that your audience understands what you are saying. Include short pauses in your presentation to give you a few seconds to catch your breath and also to give your listeners a small break.
As with anything else, practice and experience will help build your confidence!