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When analyzing a script, you have to look for the Teachable Moments. This is probably the #1 piece of advice I can give voice-over talent. When you're reading just about any script, you are actually teaching the listener. In this video, Anne teaches you how to find the critical moments that are essential to conveying those lessons.
So I'd like to talk to you about e-learning and how to be a teacher behind the mic.
I think it's so very important. Behind the mic, you are a teacher and you don't think about anything else but those teaching moments in the script. Because the person listening to you on the other end obviously has to listen to you and have to learn from the script. So many people have just for many years gotten by being articulate and sounding pretty but they haven't really been able to teach behind the mic.
So there's that added element again. If you're just going to read a piece of copy and not teach, it's like reading a PowerPoint in front of the class or it's like being robotic for the entire class. So you want to be able to bring your student along the journey. The teaching moments typically are similar to what we think about when we're speaking conversationally. What are you talking about? What is that noun that you're talking about? What is the verb? What's the action is happening? And then what is the action happening on? Those are typically very important components of a sentence as well as a lesson.
You want to make sure to understand what those words are because those are your teaching moments. And then take those teaching moments and make them simpler. So the more phrases you have and the slower, more articulate, and formal you are in your educational e-learning script, the harder it is to actually learn from you. If you can combine those ideas together and then make them simpler you'll be a better teacher. Good teachers can really take something complex and break it down and put it into simpler terms so that they're easier to understand.
Many times our voice obviously is the only thing coming to the student's ears, so we have to make sure they're paying attention. We're not standing in front of them physically to be able to go hey hey hey, pay attention over here. You have to do it audibly. So it's important that you understand those teaching moments, break them down and combine them to make them simpler. If somebody were not even looking at the screen, your job would able to teach that lesson without them even looking. So your voice has to carry and has to be the teacher.
Much love and Keep on rockin' your biz!
About the Author: Anne Ganguzza is a full-time voice talent and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voice over and business skills - including VO demo training and production. She specializes in Conversational Commercial and Narration styles, including Corporate, E-Learning, Technology, Healthcare - Medical, Telephony, and On-Hold. Located in Orange County, CA, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students in person and via Skype, ipDTL or Zoom.