Six simple ways to make your training videos interesting!

Don’t want people to yawn through your training video? Well, let’s face it, most training videos are a little boring and seem to stretch on and on. And hosts who sound self-righteous are a big turn-off. Save your video from joining the list of training videos that nobody watches or quits after five seconds.

Edit out your vision and mission

Nothing can be as mind numbingly boring as listening to a person explaining about the values, goals et al before getting down to business. Few people care. Establishing a baseline is of course important. But cut-it down to your experience in the field and a quick roadmap of what your video is about.

Don’t try too hard

There seem to be only two kinds of training videos around. The staid ones where the instructor seems to bark at viewers and the ones filed with bad jokes and aimed at self-deprecating humor. Choosing, the middle-ground works. Be slightly informal but also sound like you mean business.

Have someone else share screen space

The one common mistake that training video hosts often do, is to do it all themselves. It leads to poor audio quality if you keep moving about. And also make the video look monotonous. Not all of us can come up with interesting lines while searching for the scissors. If you need to move around and pick up or assemble stuff, have a friend pitch in to demonstrate, or be your man-Friday for the day.

Wake them up!

Soft voices that pleasantly instruct can lull people to sleep. Practice voice modulation or hire a voice over professional. Include phrases like “so now that we’ve completed” or “time for the next step”. Or, it will look like your video is going on and on even if it’s just been fifteen minutes.

Write the audio script keeping your audience in mind

What can be more punishing than sitting through a video and trying to comprehend technical mumbo jumbo? Keeping it simple is the best way of showing expertise. There are some instructors who go the other extreme and talk like they are speaking to five year olds. Nobody likes being talked down to. Strike out those highly technical words and take care not to go the other extreme by explaining everything in slow-mo.

Subtitle or caption your training video

All of us hope to have neutral, clear accents, but few of us do. Captioning or subtitling your training video will make it more understandable. People are not going to pause or rewind your video if they cannot get a word. Adding captions or subtitles is certainly a safe choice.

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7 tips that can help you breeze through video recording storms!

Video recordings can make us all look and sound like cranky four year olds. Do you feel like crawling under the table after watching your latest Skype video recording? Well, all of us would agree that it can be a sticky wicket to bat on. You don’t want to see a bleached out or barely visible you mouthing stuff nobody gets to understand, during a Skype video recording interview that matters a lot to you!

Seven ways to record a video interview you are not embarrassed of

1. Get a decent video recorder. It can be tempting to use free recorders but they usually come with spy ware and ad ware. Opt for a paid one to get better quality.

2. Close and sign out of anything that guzzles up bandwidth. Slow internet connection is nine out of ten times the reason for awful video calls.

3. Play around with the settings before hitting record. You don’t want to fumble your way through which option to pause your recording or monitor your audio stream midway through the recording.

4. Don’t skimp on your headset and use professional quality ones. The Plantronics audio 478 usb headset is a good buy and the ATH m 40 is the best quality headset available for those on a tight budget.

5. Don’t stare at the webcam. Talk naturally and don’t look fixedly into your webcam. Breaking “eye contact” every now and then can make the conversation sound a lot more natural.

6. One easy tip for better sounding video interviews is to leave the audio uncompressed.

7. Do a dry run before the big day and check which lighting works for you and what outfit in your closet looks best on camera. Have a friend help you out with the mock interview before the big day!


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