Don't distract: Contract!
JUNE 6, 2011
In my post, Speaking from a script doesn't have to sound scripted , I neglected to mention a big red flag that you're sounding stilted and stiff: Missing contractions. As writing is a more formal way to express ourselves, we tend to write without contractions. That's not to say that you can't mix and match contractions with the written-out version of expressions. If you're writing a speech, go through it sentence by sentence and see where you've left out contractions.