The Montana Auctioneer’s Tongue Twister Workout
Speaking is like any other physical activity. To be at our best, we need to work out. Your vocal mechanism (diaphragm, lungs, vocal cords, tongue, lips, etc.) need exercise!
Several years ago I attended the Western College of Auctioneering one of the world’s foremost auctioneering schools. It was a great experience and I learned a lot and met some terrific people. Auctioneers work hard, typically spending hours a day selling cattle or cars or farm machinery, you name it. Their voices have to be in great shape and they care for their instrument the way an actor or opera singer cares for theirs. When you attend their 10-day course in Billings Montana, you learn a series of tongue twisters that have been used by auctioneers for decades to strengthen their voice muscles and to warm up before a day’s work. If you would like to speak with the agility of an auctioneer, practice these exercises every day.
Auction School Exercises
Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper. Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper.
Round the rough and rugged rock, the ragged rascal ran. Round the rough and rugged rock, the ragged rascal ran.
Tommy Atatamus took two T’s, tied em atop of two tall trees. Tommy Atatamus took two T’s, tied em atop of two tall trees.
The big black bug bit the big black bear made the big black bear bleed bright red blood on the bathroom rug.
Up a high hill, he heaved a huge round stone. Up a high hill, he heaved a huge round stone.
The stripling stranger strayed straight toward the struggling stream. The stripling stranger strayed straight toward the struggling stream.
Red leather, yellow leather. Red leather, yellow leather.
Betty Botter bought some butter but she said this butter’s bitter. If I put it in my batter it will make my batter bitter. So, she bought a bit of better butter put it in her bitter batter made her bitter batter better. So tis better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.
Theopolis Thistle, the famous thistle sifter, while sifting a sieve full of un-sifted thistles thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.
Pluma placed a pewter platter on a pile of plates. Pluma placed a pewter platter on a pile of plates.
It raineth and it ceases to rain. It raineth and it ceases to rain.
Thousands and thousands of thundering sounds. Thousands and thousands of thundering sounds.
If you’re looking for an exciting new career, check out the Western College of Auctioneering. Even if you aren’t looking for a new occupation, their 10-day course is an interesting way to spend some time learning a new skill in a beautiful part of the country.
Steve Evans, Speech Enthusiast