About Cris Riedel

A twenty-year veteran of performing stories, Cris likes best to tell the old ones.  Folktales of those who solve the problem–and save the day–with their wits.  She has performed at the National Storytelling Conference, and the Stone Soup and Lehigh Valley Festivals.  This year she  celebrated twelve years of receiving grants for telling for summer reading programs in her native western New York state.

From Cris's Commentary

FINISH YOUR SENTENCES! June 28, 2018

In the last Quickie, you learned a small exercise to improve breath support.  Taking support another idea further, now that you have breath enough, FINISH YOUR SENTENCES!  You’ve heard speakers who leave off the final ‘d’ on the end of ended, the ‘z’ on the end of crazes.  The solution is multi-faceted:   1) Keep the … Continue reading FINISH YOUR SENTENCES!

Steady as she goes– power breathing March 5, 2018

I’ve posted several times about breath, and how it is the foundation for speech.  Here’s a little exercise to support your breath support:  Begin by taking large breaths.  Slowly in, slowly out.  Now do this through your mouth.  Now add a little pressure, make a sssss noise or a zzzzz noise.  Keep the breaths long … Continue reading Steady as she goes– power breathing