When you record narration for a multimedia story, do you sometimes hear yourself gasping between phrases or sentences? Those audible intakes of air can be a distraction for the audience and can also make you sound nervous, undercutting your credibility. What’s the solution?
It depends in part on the cause. Some people only breathe audibly when they’ve really run out of air. In that case, the answer may simply be to write shorter sentences so you’re forced to breathe more often and you’ll be able to take shallower, less noisy breaths. Marking your script for places to take a breath is another way to make sure you don’t run on too long without breathing.
But sometimes the cause of audible breathing is physical. Broadcast voice coach Ann Utterback explains how to tell what’s causing the sound and how to get rid of it.