SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ANNOUNCER
Things you should be asking yourself
Why do I want to announce?
Take time to inventory the reason that your want to announce. Is it a childhood dream? Do you have a child involved in an event, and this is a good way to become involved? Is this a way for you to volunteer, or give back to a group, or to the community? Take time to figure out why you want to announce and how much time you are willing to invest.
What should I do to prepare myself for announcing?
After determining the reason you want to announce, the next step is to begin preparing yourself for announcing. As you continue to advance and progress in your announcing, you will soon learn the the 'Number 1' rule in announcing is 'BE PREPARED"!
What steps should I take to begin my announcing career?
Begin by taking and inventory of why you want to be a public address announcer. Next, take time to research what you will be announcing. If the event is a sport, be sure you understand the rules, before you attempt to announce. Learn the basic announcing format for the event, such as; does the event want the National Anthem played, and if so, when is it played, before the introduction of the starters, or after? If you are acting as an emcee for an event, do your homework on the event where you will be announcing, as well as any individuals that you may be asked to announce.
What about my voice?
We are all different, and all have different voices, so you probably aren't going to sound like boxing announcer, Michael Buffer, nor the great baseball announcer, Bob Shepherd, but you can to things to make your voice stronger, and easier to understand.
What steps should I take to make my voice better?
Being a Public Address Announcer is not like talking to another person, or even like being a radio announcer. There are many wonderful radio announcers that do great on the radio, but make poor public address announcers. The basics of public address announcing is to deliver information to people attending an event to help them understand what is going on, to describe an event, or to provide relevant information. The first step in being a great announcer is speaking slower than you do in normal conversation. Over a public address system, speaking in normal conversational speed may sound like, "Goodeveningladiesandgentlemen", instead of Good evening ladies and gentlemen". The number 1 public address announcing lesson is to slow down the speed of your talking.