The advice given in the article below should be printed and placed on the walls of all of us who ever get up before an audience to read our work. Even our best writers and poets often bore us because they act like amateurs when they stand up to present their work. At a recent poetry reading I noticed how some people read and captivated the group before them and how others stood, read with little emotion, and received very little applause as they sat down.
Have you ever noticed how some people read a poem and you wait and listen but can’t tell when the poem has ended? The voice inflection should let the audience know when the last word of poetry has been read. Don’t leave your last sentence hanging out there in mid-air. Read the article from Huffington Post and see if you are among the amateurs or do you read like a professional?