eLearning, Training, Instructional
Some of the narration work I find most interesting is the work that, for many, wouldn’t necessarily be top of mind. I’m talking about eLearning and training. If you’re developing an eLearning course, investing weeks or months in the process, you want that course to achieve its objectives – you want your audience to be engaged, invested in learning. All too often while every other part of the project might work, the narration falls flat. That could be because your narrator isn’t engaged and your characters aren’t actors, so how can your audience be engaged? A narrator who has no interest will only read – but one who loves knowledge for itself will have a genuine interest – and that will show up as someone who’s connected to the material and who can perform your characters.
But, you might say, shouldn’t SME’s or designers narrate themselves, as they know the material? Well yes, they might – but not all experts know how to present, instruct and inform in a way that engages the listener and the participant, and that facilitates learning, even when they’re passionate about the subject. Whether to use a narrator or not – and which narrator to use – is as important as every other part of the process. A poor narrator can kill great material while a great narrator can vastly improve mediocre material.
In the same way, a technical expert may not be the best choice for training material. If your audience zones out when hearing critical instructions, that’s usually not good.
I’ve been making things interesting for years for companies such as Pearson Education, Silverchair Learning Systems, Training Partners Plus, Grolier, The Practicing Law Institute, The TSI company, Urban Areas Security Initiative (USAI) and many more.
Here’s an excerpt from a multi-hour Just-In-Time Training series for the Emergency Operations Center based on the Bay Area Catastrophic Earthquake Plan, half of which I narrated with the other half narrated by a male talent. This short clip is from “Donations Management in the EOC”.
Check back soon for more samples of my eLearning, Instructional and Training voice over work.