Americans in particular have very lazy diction. Here are a few major diction points to pay attention to: Don’t say “ta” for “to.” Words ending in
ing like coming or going should not be pronounced as “comin” or “goin,” unless you’re being deliberately casual for effect. Many words that end in “s” such as “words” or “ours” should be ended, instead, with the “z” sound“wordz” or “ourz.” Some words ending with a “d” should be pronounced with a final “t” instead—“helped” should be pronounced like “helpt.” In most cases, better diction and cleaner pronunciation is really a matter of LISTENING to yourself and FOCUSING on not being sloppy.
In addition to training the voices of hundreds of people, Charles Michel has been an actor, singer, character voice performer and voice-over announcer.
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The first time that I got up to speak into a microphone, I found it very intimidating. It was difficult just standing up there let alone attempting to deliver ad copy with credibility, flare and professionalism. That’s where my Gold Package training with Charles Michel and The Winning Voice made the difference.