In my time as a Proper Radio Newsreader, I've received many compliments about my voice, and my reading style. It's always nice to get those compliments, as obviously having a clear and pleasant voice is a big part of my career.
This morning, though, I'm very excited to present to you my very first critism - sent via SMS and passed on to me by Dave Downey, our awesome fishing expert:
"...please natalie pleae can u read the news without so much moisture in your mouth... it sounds dreadfull..thre must be spittle splattered all over the mic and also your breathing in between sentences is very audable..I've heard u talk normally wen your not reaing the news so why do u make these dreadful sounds wen reading the news?...u seem to read with a mouth full of water....do u have a salavation problem?...geoff carindale"
Now Dave was initially going to tear this up without passing it on to me, but I'm very glad he didn't.I'm equal parts amused and intrigued. I know that certain foods and drinks do tend to encourage saliva production, but I feel like now I've got to listen to myself more to watch for this apparent "salavation problem".