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Jon Beaupré is a voice and performance consultant for radio and television performers. Under the name Broadcast Voice, he provides private training and workshops for reporters, anchors, sports and weather casters, and others working in electronic and broadcast media. He teaches in the Broadcast Communications program at California State University at Los Angeles, and conducts workshops and seminars with the Associated Press Radio and Television Association. He has been a fixture on the convention circuit, teaching workshops at a wide range of specialty journalism and broadcast conventions and stations on both coasts of the U.S.

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Through the course of the past year of contributions to, I've come to realize what a remarkable forum the internet can be for bringing various shapes and sizes of communities together. Especially in an industry that is so dependent on technology and high-tech machinery, the heart and soul of a good internet site (like!) is the community of people who contribute their work and make this such an interesting place to hang out.

Alas, my own professional responsibilities and academic commitments make it impossible for me to continue as a regular contributor to the site. I will, of course, be a regular visitor however, and from time to time, when matters of significance rile me up or interest me sufficiently, I may just have to drop back in to add my two cents.

In wrapping up this series on voice and performance on the air for reporters, anchors, producers, narrators and the like, there is one final thought I'd like to share with you.

Some years ago, in graduate school, during an acting class being taught by the legendary Olympia Dukakis, I oversaw a remarkable interaction between a teacher and student. Two students were performing a scene from Tennessee Williams "Streetcar Named Desire". The young man was all brute strength and energy, and took the role on with gusto. The young woman, however, seemed to be only half there, her mind anywhere but on the scene in front of her. Olympia stopped the scene and ran up to the young woman, grabbed her by the shoulders and shouted " do you expect to be an interesting character when your not a very interesting human being?"

The young actress was devastated, and over the course of the next semester, she redoubled her efforts to become "an interesting human being" and ultimately did quite well as an actress.
The point of Olympia's outburst, however, was not lost on me.

Ultimately, as you work to develop your physical voice, your performance skills, your journalistic chops, you work on two fronts: the physical skill, and the mental agility.

In the long run, developing the physical skills necessary to speak clearly, strongly, compellingly is immensely easier than developing the rich, complex mind that has something worth saying.

So in closing, by all means, do your warm ups and your vocal preparation. Practice your diction and articulation exercises. Rehearse your pieces if you have time and develop a strong, compelling voice.

But always remember that having a strong voice doesn't guarantee that you have anything important to say with that voice. In the long run, the hardest part of teaching and training reporters and anchors is not the technical skills of pronunciation and diction, but rather the mental discipline and commitment necessary to discover, develop and report good stories. It turns out that the best voice training has nothing to do with the voice at all, but rather with the brain driving that voice.

...and of course, keep breathing!

Even though this will be the final regular installment of "Sounds Good," Jon is eager to hear from folks who have performance questions or reporting ideas and would like to discuss them. Jon can be reached by sending an email to jBeaupré Feel free to write with your ideas, disagreements, and questions; they will provide the basis of future installments.