Ask the right questions of the reading:
- What does it say? Are there any words that are likely to trip me up when I get to them, for example the name of a person or place? Work out how you're going to say it.
- Why does it say it? What's actually going on in the piece of writing? If we don't understand it, we won't read it right.
- How should I say it? When I've got a good feel for the story/letter/whatever, I'll know what bits to emphasise, and the tone of voice of each sentence.
Having done that, remember we don't need to turn into an actor to read it, and overdo everything. And we don't need a special voice (or accent) to read out loud. But a bit of practice will make all the difference.
Someone said, if the reading's done well, the preacher's job is already half done. That's true.