Saturday, November 21, 2009

Listen to Yourself

An "audio tic" is like a 'facial' one: you say things, unbeknownst to you, when you are trying to figure out what to say next.  You also don't realize you have it until you listen to a recording of yourself on-air.

I learned the term when I hosted a radio show years ago.  Another host, waiting for his turn in the booth, said, "You know you have an audio tic, right?  You like to use the words 'right' and 'okay' when pausing."

I listened to my 'cast, and he was right.  It was embarassing, because I sounded like an amateur.  Since then, I improved my read to the point that the audio tics were rare.

Do your audience a favor and listen to yourself!

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