Practical tips on how to prepare the text for a reading in public.
Tomorrow I have to read this at school. It is not too long, is it? No, but it’s still more than long enough to make me look an idiot in front of everyone.
As you can see I’ve printed the text in a large font size. So, it is easier to read and I won’t lose my place. Where did I get to? See my point?
As my reading includes a number of different points, I must make sure it is split into different paragraphs. In this way I know that at the end of each paragraph I have to make a longer pause.
But sometimes we also have to pause at the end of sentences or phrases. //
As you can see I’ve marked the points where I have to pause. //
These allow me to get my breathing right too.
As you probably noticed, I also underlined some words or phrases.
King George the Sixth’s thrombosis brought Elizabeth to the throne …
These are the bits I have trouble pronouncing. I’m going to practise saying them correctly. I don’t want to risk having to go back and repeat myself when I’m doing it live.
And finally I have written some key words and phrases in bold.
This is to remind me that they are important and that they need emphasizing.
I think I’m happy with this script. Now I can start practising.