PowerPoint: Text-to-Speech Voiceover Tools

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You could, of course, record a voiceover in PowerPoint, but maybe you have a cold and your voice isn't up to par. Or maybe your own voice sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard to you. Several new tools allow you to type the text you would normally say, and have text-to-speech technology (TTS) generate the voiceover for you. Later, if the content changes, editing the typed text will be way easier than re-recording an entire voiceover.

eLearning: Voiceover Audio That Will Keep the Learner's Attention

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by Jennie Ruby    How can you use your voiceover script to keep the learner's attention within an eLearning lesson? Make the Voiceover Proportional to the Action. " after less than two sentences of voiceover text was read for one PowerPoint slide. To some extent, the type of lesson will determine how much voiceover is proportional to each action. Use Plain Language and a Conversational Writing Style.

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Writing & Grammar: Business Jargon

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Just in the last couple of weeks I have seen and heard these:   "in the space" "work product" "job aide"   One person seemed so eager to sound businessy and up-to-the-minute that she used "in the space" twice in one sentence!   Check out Jennie's  eLearning writing classes  and ensure both your voiceover scripts and eLearning scripts are ready for prime time! Writing Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Quick/Quickly

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We have less free range to use  quick  as an adverb without sounding ungrammatical. But the expression come quick  is a "set phrase"--such a common way of saying something that it would sound odd to change it, even for the sake of grammar. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Idiomatic Expressions

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I especially loved the fact that Michele Rose pointed out that  should  would be a better (more formal and professional sounding) option than  had better , and that she pointed out that you should leave out the word  figuratively  and use neither  figuratively  nor  literally.  The common grammarian wisdom here is always use  because  instead in writing. Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Jargon Rewriting Contest

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Wait, it IS possible to spend less than $0 on clarity, because apparently you spent money to go in the opposite direction: to  complexify  (yes, I had to coin a term to describe what you did) and obfuscate your content in a misguided attempt to make it sound like more of a big deal than it is. Check out Jennie's  eLearning writing classes  and ensure both your voiceover scripts and eLearning scripts are ready for prime time! Writing

Writing & Grammar: More Confusing Words

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She slept fitfully/soundly knowing that the puppy was safe. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby    Because the results of last week's challenge were so revealing (see below), I bring you a similar challenge this week. Choose the correct word in these examples--discussion to follow.

Writing & Grammar: Apostrophes and Pronouns

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Pronunciation does not help us with other common errors: mixing up possessive pronouns, contractions, and other homonyms (words that sound alike but have different meanings and/or spellings). Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: One Word or Two?

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I especially like this placement because the argumentative tone comes through: this sentence sounds like part of a confrontation with a theater patron. I sympathize with the fact that it sounds a little less smooth to place  only  after  pay  or after guarantees , but the added precision might be worth considering a complete rewrite, like this: The ticket guarantees only that you will get into the theater, not which seat you will get. Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: So Many Commas, So Little Time

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It just sounds better to my reading ear.]. Looking for help with your writing technique? Jennie teaches two writing classes: Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts and eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts. Already a writing wiz? Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby. Are you guilty of overusing commas? If so, you're not alone.

Writing & Grammar: Taller than Me? Or Taller than I Am?

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Although many of us would say that this sentence sounds okay, it actually means something more tricky than it sounds like it means. The quick way to fix all such comparisons is to add all the words of the comparison into the sentence so that the correct pronoun sounds right-and is right: Tom likes pizza more than she likes pizza. Looking for help with your writing technique? Already a writing wiz? Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar: More and More Confusing Words

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She slept  soundly,  knowing that the puppy was safe. soundly. The statistical analysis is interesting this week, as several words proved to be no challenge: everyone correctly answered  led ,  soundly  and  latest. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Location or Name: Which is Best?

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You are writing step-by-step instructions for an on-screen process. Or do you mix it up to sound more conversational? As the voiceover or screen text states each part, the learner does each step in turn, first clicking the menu, then pointing to Toolbars, then selecting Formatting. If you used Method A in that context, the student would sit waiting while the voiceover said "Formatting.toolbars." " and then click the menu when the voiceover said View.

Writing & Grammar: Can a Sentence End With a Preposition?

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If it sounds really odd and convoluted, put it back at the end. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby    Can I end a sentence with a preposition? Well, yes and no.

Writing & Grammar: Tiny Questions that Drive Writers to Distraction

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You can choose whichever one sounds best to you in your particular sentence. My personal opinion as to why this disparity in usage occurs is that everyone and anyone sound more sophisticated and smooth, whereas everybody and anybody sound more choppy and casual. Making your writing conform to these once arbitrary, but now traditional choices will enhance its credibility and professionalism. If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts.

Writing & Grammar: Hyphenating Adjectives (And Answers to Last Week's Challenge)

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" When you read that out loud, it sounds a little odd. If you say "my blue and suede shoes," it sounds as if you are talking about two different shoes. Join her online and learn about  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Step-by-Step Scripts and Training Documents. Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

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" If you giggled, or at least smiled a little, when reading these, you have discovered the inadvertent humor of these ever-popular writing errors. In the first example, it sounds like the pain and injuries are located in Silver Spring. In the second one, especially because of the line break, it sounds like the late Jimmy Hendrix gave a show recently. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar: Should I Put a Comma after But?

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by Jennie Ruby Here are some sample sentences to consider:   "[Switching from video games to electric cars] may not sound like the most obvious career shift, but , given Frohnmayer's location, it might be a smart one."     Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending Jennie's  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: On Teaching Grammar and Soccer

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by Jennie Ruby Teaching or writing training materials can sometimes feel like making students memorize a rulebook: "Never place a comma between the subject and the verb." When teaching grammar, for example, I can sometimes hear myself sounding like a soccer coach teaching beginning soccer: "The game starts with a kick-off." You can see this technique in action in any of my live, online grammar or writing classes. Tags: Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Recasting Sentences for Clarity and Emphasis

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by Jennie Ruby Recasting sounds like something a fly fisherman would do, but in writing and editing it means to restructure a sentence. However, the correct grammar here sounds unfamiliar or wrong to readers used to seeing who with demands , not demand. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? I'm teaching a 3-hour, online class later this week called Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Do I Have to Repeat "a" or "the" in a List?

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In my most recent online writing class , I noticed that when deleting unnecessary words from a sample sentence, some students wanted to keep the word the before every item in a list, and some wanted to take it out. The grammar is correct, but to me, the sentence now sounds too rushed or clipped. Now it sounds like lumber, nails, concrete and sealant are all one big thing to be ordered as a unit. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class.

How to write scripts for webinars, videos and eLearning

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This blog article could also be called ‘confessions of a voice-over artist.’ So here are my top tips for writing a good script for webinars and videos. Writing scripts: Keep it simple, keep it snappy. Listen to how it sounds read aloud: [link]. Writing scripts: Use punctuation. Even better, re-write that whole sentence, but more about that in the next section… Lists: If you’re anything like me, you love a good cup of tea. Writing scripts: Be direct.

eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: How Much Time Does It Take to Create eLearning?

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    The production times mentioned above do not include the following:   Writing an eLearning script or developing a storyboard. If you’re creating soft skills content (lessons such as conflict resolution or onboarding), I've found that it could take between 1-2 hours to write a single minute of content.   Writing an Audio Script.

Jargon Watch: Just Say "No" To Trainings and eLearnings

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by Jennie Ruby  From the sound of crickets chirping in my inbox, I can only assume that I have now been written out of the lists of true grammarians for my defense of "trainings"!  Check out Jennie's  eLearning writing classes  and ensure both your voiceover scripts and eLearning scripts are ready for prime time! Writing & Grammar

Grammar Workshop: i.e. versus e.g. and such as versus like

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The abbreviated interruptions should be used in technical or academic writing or when brevity is needed. For a smoother-sounding writing style, use only the full words when interrupting sentences in text. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class.

Grammar Workshop: Can I start a Sentence With "This"?

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by Jennie Ruby When a desperate-sounding student asked me this week why it was incorrect to start a sentence with the word this, I realized I was once again in Bogus Grammar Rule land. Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class.

eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

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59% of decision-makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article. Mayer established that combining images with a voiceover to be the most effective way of communicating information – 50-75% better, in fact. Does that sound familiar? Since 1989, Karin has owned Geeky Girl, LLC , a boutique learning organization, where she devotes her time to writing, course development (instructor led and eLearning), and teaching. by Karin Rex, COTP.

eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

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59% of decision-makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article. Mayer established that combining images with a voiceover to be the most effective way of communicating information – 50-75% better, in fact. Does that sound familiar? Since 1989, Karin has owned Geeky Girl, LLC , a boutique learning organization, where she devotes her time to writing, course development (instructor led and eLearning), and teaching. by Karin Rex, COTP.

eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

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59% of decision-makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article. Mayer established that combining images with a voiceover to be the most effective way of communicating information – 50-75% better, in fact. Does that sound familiar? Since 1989, Karin has owned Geeky Girl, LLC , a boutique learning organization, where she devotes her time to writing, course development (instructor led and eLearning), and teaching. by Karin Rex, COTP.

Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia Studio, Articulate Storyline: Production Times

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The production times mentioned above do not include the following: Writing an eLearning script. I've found that it could take between 40-80 hours to write a script for 60-minutes of eLearning content. Writing an Audio Script. If you're going to include voiceover audio (and I highly suggest that you do since audio has been shown to improve the learner experience), you should create an audio script.

Corporate Training Tip #3: Give Video Feedback on Designs

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Sounds like you’re on the right track! Instead of writing down which section of your training stakeholders suggest you edit, they can record a video with voiceover and callouts to point out exactly what they didn’t understand, and why. This post is #3 in a series of blog posts about corporate training. If you’d like to learn more, we’ve got more tips for you in our Tips & How To’s section of the blog.

How to Create Your Own e-Learning Video

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Unless you’re hiring a professional for the voiceover, you’ll want an external microphone, preferably the kind you can clip to your collar. Steps to Creating a Training Video: Write a Script/Storyboard. If you’re reading from a script, speak slowly enough for people to follow, but try to sound natural. Write the script on a large whiteboard and have someone hold it up off camera for your talent to read. Do you ever wish you could include video in your online training?

Why Video and Image Accessibility Matters with Ryan Knott

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But if you consider accessibility early on, you’ll be thinking about captions and transcripts, which could encourage you to write a script. Audiate is TechSmith’s voiceover recording software that transcribes your speech as you record.

e-Learning budgets: Doing more with less

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Your SME can double up as your audio-voiceover artist. If that sounds too ambitious, the SME can at least provide the right script to begin with. This rough-cut can then be transcribed and edited to create the final script for the audio-voiceover. Learning communities like blogs and discussion boards are the hotbed of discussion about the latest technological and development tools. To know more, write to info@gc-solutions.net.

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How to Make a Great Educational Video (Free Template)

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Will they listen with sound or rely on the visual aspects? Write a script. Having a script also helps you sound more professional and helps preserve your video’s focus. Start by outlining the points you want to make, and then write the full script based on that outline.

Elements of Engaging eLearning Design

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In this blog post, we examine some of the key elements of engaging eLearning Design. Does the statement above sound a bit vague? One can develop the most beautiful layouts, interesting animated characters, add soothing background music, and great voiceover narratives; but unless the content is powerful and engaging; the program will not work. Do read this blog post as a companion piece to the infographic.

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Client Review for Translations: Setting Expectations

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The process goes like this: The vendor provides the translated text files and then waits for approval from the client before proceeding with voiceover recording and integration into the authoring tool. Most voiceover artists charge a minimum fee, even if they’re only recording one slide’s worth of audio. So, a client review sounds good, right? For more information on handling your translation projects, check out Nick’s blog post, Tips for E-Learning Translation.