Loosen it Up: Tongue Twisters

Once you've learned how to recognize and put together a riveting story and interview, then you must ask yourself: How do I tell it in front of the camera?

This is such a competitive business, in order to land the job and to move ahead to the next bigger job, you must sound and look your best on camera.

So let's begin.

In television, you are going to have to say a lot of words quickly and pronounce many difficult names. You will need to get your mouth around the words with little or no rehearsal. You won't have any second chance to say it right. You can't fumble around with excuses. After all, that's what they're paying you for - to talk, to be clear, and to make sense out of the script.

Exercise: 19 Tongue Twisters

Say each tongue twister five times as quickly as you can. Using your hand to punctuate the rhythm makes it easier.

Bright blue blisters bleeding badly

The big baker bakes black bread

This crisp crust crackles crunchily

How many cuckoos could a good cook if a good cook could cook cuckoos?

Twenty tinkers took two hundred tin tacks to toy town. If twenty tinkers took two hundred tin tacks to toy town, how many tin tacks did each of the twenty tinkers going to toy town take?

Ten tame tadpoles tucked tightly together in a thin tall tin.

Tommy Tye tried to tie his tie but tugging too tight tore his toe.

Tom turned to Ted and told Ted to try to tie the tie Tom tried to tie.

The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.

Toy boat or troy boat

Am I and Annie aiming anemic anemones on my many enemies?

Billy's big blue badly bleeding blister

Good blood bad blood

Red leather yellow leather

I go by Blue Goose bus

He generally reads regularly in a government library, particu­larly rich in Coptic manuscripts, especially during the months of January and February.

What kind of a noise annoys an oyster? A noisy noise annoys an oyster.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Get your mouth around the words. As an anchor or a reporter, you will be speaking at a crisp pace and some of the words may not be too familiar. You'll always have difficult foreign names thrown at you. So start getting used to saying the words - as Hamlet advised, "trippingly on the tongue."

The purpose of all these exercises is to extend your capacities so that whatever you are called on to execute, you will perform with great ease and confidence. All these exercises will serve you well. You will extend the use of your breath and breathe properly. You will speak more clearly, and you will gain greater confidence. As in anything, confidence is the name of the game.