Do you ever need to read a script – for a podcast or otherwise – and not sound like you’re reading? In this show I offer suggestions for sounding conversational while you’re reading.

Here are the show notes:

[00:01] Intro and welcome
[01:00]  About today’s topic: why it’s important to not sound like you’re reading
[01:30] If you have two people speaking on the podcast, conversational tone comes pretty easily
[03:55]  Scenario 1: You want to script at least parts of your podcast and not sound like you’re reading
[04:20] Tips on vocal variety, pauses, fillers, colloquial language
[06:00]  Reading is absolutely fine if you acknowledge that you’re reading
[06:48] Scenario 2: You are recording someone and you need to help them sound unscripted, yet convey the necessary information
[08:00] When you record someone, remind them that you can do several takes and that the recording can be edited
[09:11] Where to send comments
[10:00] Comment from Piotr Golonka in Poland
[11:27] The Forward Podcast’s list of PR podcasts from Paull Young and Luke Armour:
For Immediate Release
Inside PR
Trafcom News Podcast
New Comm Road
Comms Café
Six Pixels of Separation
PR Junction
Across the Sound
Marketing Over Coffee
On The Record Online
Managing the Gray
American Copywriter
The Client Side

Theme music is “Beneath Your Surface” by the Elisabeth Lohninger Quartet from the Podsafe Music Network


  1. Donna!
    The graphic you chose for the “trimming the fat” episode was really effective. It would also be good applied aversive therapy for a “weight watchers” site.


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