Sometimes when I am at work or at a party, I like to pretend
that I am an actor in a movie delivering my lines. You
should try it sometimes, it is kind of fun.
Say you are at some kind of social gathering, or talking to
your neighbor, you know, just normal conversation. Imagine in
your mind the setting and the mood of the scene, the genre of
the movie you might be in, what the director might be looking
for, and maybe even the background music.
As you are speaking, and listening to the other person, picture
that they are reciting lines from a script, and when you are
talking, pay close attention to your mannerisms, gestures, and
the inflection of your voice.
Slow down, think about what you are going to say, and then
speak your part. For example:
I am saying: "Yeah, Bob, I understand that teenagers these
days can be real tough to figure out..."
In my mind, I am thinking about the various ways I could speak
this line...I could do it in a sombre mode with lots of
sympathy, using very low and concerned tones...
Or I could make it very upbeat and lively, to try to get him
to not take it so seriously.
Then, when Bob replies, "But all I am asking him to do is mow
the lawn, I don't think that is too much to ask."
In your mind, critique the way he is delivering his line...
is he being too whiney, is he using the correct inflection?
Try to get your own timing correct as you picture the script
in your head, and prepare to recite your next part.
I guess sometimes I have too much time on my hands...
Peace be with you.