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Voice Coaching – Mike Lysak

January 7th, 2009 by Kristen Watts

Broadcasting is the most simple, natural thing in the world, which is what makes it the most difficult, Bloomberg.net’s Mike Lysak said. And with radio, your voice is even more important, because you’re competing with other distractions for the listener’s attention.


Mike Lysak (left) coaches Jim Flood and John De Petro — Photo by Rachel Geizhals

Here are a few useful tips:

  • Try to be conversational and natural – you can practice by picking up a phone receiver and pretending you’re telling a friend the news story.
  • Remember: your voice is a musical instrument – use it! Control your voice’s tone, pitch, volume, speed.
  • As a broadcaster, be uninhibited. Block everything and everyone out, and just go for it.
  • Practice diaphragmatic breathing and breathe through your nose (mouth breathing dries out your throat). Also, don’t drink milk before going on air – it makes you produce more mucus.
  • Make sure you articulate.
  • Relax, because when you’re nervous, your voice gets tighter.
By Rachel Geizhals