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Need to write a toast or a script? Here are 7 tips to let your voice shine through

When I (Abē Levine) started interning here at NPR, I worked nights as a wedding server. And one thing always made those shifts longer: speeches. Those toasts honoring the newlyweds were often stuffy, over-rehearsed, and thirsting for personality. Are you a middle/high school teacher or student podcaster? Learn more NPR's Student Podcast Challenge here: If you want to channel your authentic self, ditch the podium. That's a piece of sound I got from the guide ” Sounding Like Yourself,” among other podcasting resources at Transom. When it comes to making a podcast or drafting a toast, you're not here to write an essay or give a presidential address. You're for the ear. This means writing in a casual, conversational tone – like you're telling a story to a friend, or even your pet iguana. Your goal is to tell your story in a voice that's true to how you talk. To get some help with this, I talked with Life Kit host Marielle Segarra. Her first piece of advice is to be economical with your words. Sometimes, a 25-cent word is better than a $2 word Fancier isn't better in radio. ” So it'd be like saying ‘the vehicle' instead of ‘the car.' Why would you say that? No one talks like that,” Segarra says. A $5 word, on the other hand, isn't necessarily a big or small word. It's one that fits the situation just right, like when you say “that slaps!” […]

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