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Creating engaging E-learning courses takes time and effort that can be undermined if we are cutting cost on voice talents.
Professional E-learning voice talents will provide a real value in user engagement and knowledge retention to the course module. However, it may not be as simple as you thought to narrate the content a professional developer has created. It can often be a time-consuming and stressful challenge. That’s why we have created a few tips that can help you make this a simple task.
- SET EXPECTATIONS: There should be a proper communication in advance between E-learning professionals and voice talents as to what their expectations are. First of all, know that professional narration is different than simply reading a text as it must be acted to stress words to convey the message as well as maintain synchronization with the screen content. Learning modules combine text, images and flow diagrams in which the narration typically doesn’t involve reading the entire text.
- REVIEW YOUR SCRIPT AND THEN REVIEW IT AGAIN: Make sure your script is 100% ready before you start, it is much easier to sync the audio with the visuals when there is a well-formatted narration script. Sometimes, a client will view the learning module after the audio has been embedded in, and decide that script changes are necessary and this could be very expensive and messy.
- ALIGN WITH THE ON-SCREEN TEXT: Check that your script is aligned with the on-screen text. Keep in mind that a minute of recording time equals 100 words.
- PROVIDE A PRONUNCIATION GUIDE: Take time to work on a pronunciation guide. This can be a column in the script with the pronunciation of technical or proprietary terms, abbreviations, products, etc. that will help talents read the text correctly. Often, developers create professional content assuming everyone would get it which they are used to whereas a voice actor may not be well versed in the material. A good voice talent will research terms they are not sure of and do their best to find the correct pronunciation, or record several versions of the term.
- DON’T BE TOO ORIGINAL WHEN CHOOSING A VOICE TALENT: Choose the right voice talent, you could provide reference to the kind of narration style you are looking for. However, don’t choose an overly particular voice for a Voice Over Project. If you want a voice talent doing Morgan Freeman’s voice, you will very likely be stuck with them for a long time and it might complicate the completion of the project or any re-takes.
- ASK FOR MORE THAN ONE SAMPLE: Ask for several samples, you can’t be sure if the style you have in mind is the one that best suits the tutorial unless you do a thorough review of the options. This will give you a better idea of how the final product will sound.