Tips on reciting poetry at a festival

You have been selected to recite a poem at a festival; it is exciting and fun but also daunting to realize that you are going to have to perform in front of hundreds of people. It can so easily happen that you freeze and forget everything. Nerves can catch up with us at the best times. The question is how do we tackle our nerves and how do we confidently get on stage and make the most of our moment in the spotlight? With these helpful tips you might just find the answers and do your performance flawlessly without any uncomfortable occurrences. Click here to read more about body language.

Tips on reciting poetry at a festival

You need to present yourself well and be attentive of your audience. Your confidence will depend on the connection that you make with the audience. With nervous gestures and poor eye contact you will lose their attention before you have even started. You should relax and be as natural as you possibly can especially if you are reading your own poem. Have confidence in sharing it with the world. Where your voice is concerned you need to keep in mind that volume, pace and rhythm is very important. The volume is obviously dependent on whether there will be a microphone or not. Make sure that you use proper pronunciation so that your audience can understand the message that you are sharing. When it comes to tone of voice take a look at Australian voice over artists for the best possible tips. These guys are masters at perfect voice and articulation and with the descriptive Aussie accent they will definitely bring their A game.

Learn to project to your audience by capturing the attention of everyone from the first to the last row. Don’t yell out your poem though as this won’t have a desired effect. For extra effect make sure that you don’t rush through the poem as this won’t be as immersive as you would want it to be. If there is any rhyming in the poem don’t turn to a singing tone. Keep your voice as natural and emotional as you need it to be for extra effect. You can be dramatic when reciting but let your actions distract your audience from the poem. You are basically a vessel of this set of words and you need to feel confident enough that the poem is strong enough to get the message across without any antics. Read more about the history of poetry to understand what it represents. The meaning of your poem needs to be clearly conveyed to the audience in order to hit all the spots that you envisioned. Make sure that you are prepared for criticism because there will always be those individuals that don’t find your poem suitable for them. Once again take time to do a few relaxation techniques before getting up on stage so that you know you are calm and confident from the first word that you utter. They are there to hear your poem.

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