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#IDIODC is an eLearning podcast brought to you by Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden from the dominKnow team. Recorded completely live and candid, the two talk weekly about L&D, specifically instructional design. Want to join us live? Check out our Crowdcast: https://www.crowdcast.io/dominknow Brent Schlenker is dominKnow's Community Manager. Chris Van Wingerden is dominKnow's Sr. VP Learning Solutions.
 
Year Two of short daily episodes to improve the quality of your speaking voice. Through these around-5-minute episodes, you can build your confidence and competence with advice on breathing and reading, inflection and projection, the roles played by better scripting and better sitting, mic techniques and voice care tips... with exercises and anecdotes from a career spent in TV and radio studios. If you're wondering about how to start a podcast, or have had one for a while - download every ep ...
 
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2022.05.17 – 0502 – 19 - Unlock the Full Stops 19 - Unlock the Full Stops Free the periods and commas to recreate a natural verbal fluidity. Don't pause where the full stop/period is. Instead, ignore them – and break the flow of the words where it feels more natural to. And that’s not necessarily at the end of a grammatical chunk. And we saw before…
 
2022.05.16 – 0501 – 18 - Play With Your Voice 18 - Play With Your Voice When you are able to, surprise yourself with what you can do with your voice. For example, you don’t just say “no” as a single note and syllable, it could be “Noooo”. Imagine for example that your other half is teasing you for taking a newly baked bun from the cooling tray. The…
 
2022.05.15 – 0500 – The Anchor/Reporter Rapport Structure You are a reporter and so you need to be able to succinctly communicate the distinct points that ‘make the story the story’, boiling down the issue or the scene to what’s important. If you get stuck in the weeds of detail, you could end up the creek without a paddle. What is the main story h…
 
2022.05.14 – 0499 – Off-The-Page and Off-The-Cuff Conversational The best two-ways are a balance between what’s off-the-page and what’s off-the-cuff. ‘Structured improvisation’ if you like, working with the script but not word for word. Choreographed. Reading every question and answer just as it was composed at a desk makes the flow, go … and unles…
 
2022.05.13 – 0498 – TV Two-ways VOICE BOX TV Two-ways A two-way is when a studio presenter on radio or t,v interviews a reporter colleague (usually one who is on location, but maybe in the studio) about a story. The reporter: · Is not working to a script · Has to sound fluent and confident · Must get over the main points in a succinct and accurate …
 
2022.05.12 – 0497 – The Lead In – Working Example SCRIPT: “I’m fed up. Another Christmas lunch on the way battling with my worn-out kitchen. Stuck drawers, crammed cupboards and simply not enough surfaces. I’m heading to Kittyhawk Kitchens. They have an in -house design and fitting team, to advise and help every step of the way to your new dream ki…
 
We often forget that creating a training event is only one part of the process. Just because you build it does not mean anyone in the business will hear about it, or want to engage. Some might say that if you use good enough instructional design practices that you don't need to do anything else. However, if you've spent any time at all working on l…
 
2022.05.11 – 0496 – React To Act One way to do this is a ‘lead in’ (sometimes called ‘the moment before’ technique): think first (or maybe say aloud) part of the conversation that’d take you into that first line. What was said or what happened to cause your character to make this comment? So your scripted sentence is a natural reaction. Having a ‘l…
 
2022.05.10 – 0495 – 17 - Lead in Lines 17 - Lead in Lines By creating the atmosphere of a conversation, it’s easier to pretend you’re in one. Most commercial copy sets up a problem, and then provides a product, brand or service as a potential solution. For example, “Want to get your laundry whiter than white?” After that you will presume that the a…
 
2022.05.09 – 0494 – 16 - Rhythm Nation 16 - Rhythm Nation A formal script will sound ‘script perfect’. Each phrase and sentence will come with the regularity of waves on a shore, every one much like the previous one. Think perhaps of a documentary style of presentation or an announcer. It sounds like a script has been written, read, rehearsed and r…
 
2022.05.08 – 0493 – Sounding Like An Expert Be conscious of how you sound when you explain something to a friend and try and capture that feeling, mood, zone and so on to sound conversational on air. Here’s an example[1] Read the following aloud as if you are reading it to someone: “The future behaviour of America as the current lone superpower is …
 
2022.05.07 – 0492 – 15 - Pausing 15 - Pausing Put pauses in different places - as you ‘search’ for the right word or phrase (just don’t make it too often). These may be silent, or vocalised (“errr”). I have heard (but been unable to verify) that Ira Glass the producer/presenter of the podcast “This American Life”, does not use commas or full stops/…
 
2022.05.06 – 0491 – 14 - Gestures 14 - Gestures Big gestures and facial expressions can be ‘over the top’ in a conversational presentation. Reign them back to sound more real and believable. But still keep doing some kind of gestures. ‘Talking with your hands’ will help you talk with your voice. Sitting on them will make you sound stilted. Don’t be…
 
2022.05.05 – 0490 – 13 - Conversational Intonation 13 - Conversational Intonation Flattening out your intonation (but keeping it in the correct place) will, usually make your sound more conversational and move away from the ‘announcery sound’, or as though you’re on stage or to a room full of people. Look back at the section when I brought you the …
 
VR Headsets? Avatars? Metaverse? You may have heard these terms, but aren't sure how you might apply them in your learning solutions. You may still believe they are too expensive and out of reach for you and your team. In this episode we wanted to help training professionals understand where the VR industry is at and if anything has changed over th…
 
2022.05.04 – 0489 – 12 - Volume and projection 12 - Volume and projection A conversational read is low key, subtle, friendly, authentic and so the voice you need is one of sharing not shouting. You need to engage not enrage. It’s a ‘closer’ voice, one you use when someone is near you and when you are giving calm and reassuring help or advice. Not t…
 
2022.05.03 – 0488 – The ‘Word Merge’ As we saw much earlier, stringing words together can be good because talking too precisely leads to a clunky script. Another issue is, and again we touched on this before, the ‘glottal stop’ – where the last letter of one word is the same as the next word starts with: · You never forget your first time · It’s of…
 
2022.05.02 – 0487 – 11 - Contractions and Elisions 11 - Contractions and Elisions Ensure you have natural conversational contractions in your delivery: “they’ll”, “couldn’t” and (if appropriate for your programme or podcast) “coz”, “wanna”. (Obviously check with a director for ‘signed off’ scripts that you can make these kinds of changes.) We saw e…
 
2022.05.01 – 0486 – A ‘Stream Of Consciousness’ Ad-libbing is a way to inject some personality into a read, to humanise it. You’re not supposed to be just releasing the words, you are meant to be like the listener, so (if allowed) make the script your own, different and interesting. In the ‘stream of consciousness’ that makes a script sound convers…
 
2022.04.30 – 0485 – 10 - Ad-libs 10 - Ad-libs Ad-lib around, swapping out words as you come across them It’s acting, isn’t it? And OK, it’s a bit odd to script sentences and then ignore the structure. And so too is creating a logical argument and then creating the impression that it’s ad-libbed! When I write a script, I’m certainly doing so with an…
 
2022.04.29 – 0484 – Articulation In Conversationality YOUR ARTICULATION Of course, people have to understand what it is you are saying, and as we saw before, the level of articulation has to be appropriate for the message and the audience, but if you worry too much about them sounding right, then you may sound artificial rather than conversational.…
 
2022.04.28 – 0483 – Eliminate Banality and Formality Obviously, the kind of words you use will differ depending on your audience – another reason why you should have your target demographic front of mind. If someone feels left out of the conversation, confused by the formal phrases or technical terms, they’ll feel left out and will turn off. Using …
 
When done well, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training creates space for courageous conversations that acknowledge hard truths around systemic inequities and explores topics that touch on people’s vulnerabilities in all facets of their lives. For those of you who do this work, there has not been a clear path to follow for making progress. …
 
2022.04.27 – 0482 – 9 - The Form Of The Words THE SCRIPT Spoken language doesn’t need grammar to give a meaning to the sequence of words. The grammar of the written word evolved to replace the intonation of the spoken voice, and that’s what causes problems when we try and read a sentence and make it sound natural. Spoken language doesn’t have sente…
 
2022.04.26 – 0481 – Conversation Questions To summarise, ask yourself · Who is this information important to? · How can you talk to them 121? · What are you telling them? · Why should they listen to you? · What are they likely doing while you’re telling them? · What’s the point in you telling them this? If the key to the first part of this book was…
 
2022.04.25 – 0480 – Focus On The Message More Than Your Voice You may find it useful to go further and question: · What exactly is this product or service I’m advertising / recommending? What does it do and how? What are the benefits? How is it different from similar products or services on the market? What are the details not actually in the scrip…
 
2022.04.24 – 0479 – Pitching Your Presentation Changing the words, the style, the pace and so on helps the message become more effective. Having a picture in your mind of the ‘target listener’ and their needs (a worried first-time dad, a time-poor businesswoman, a holiday-hungry teenager…), will help you pitch your presentation in a way that they w…
 
2022.04.23 – 0478 – The Emotion Duplication You need to be able to identify the different parts of the script that instil those emotions in you, so you are better able to replicate them in your voice and so connect with potential buyers: · How will this new gadget improve someone’s life? · What is the emotion that the copywriter wants to achieve in…
 
2022.04.22 – 0477 - 8 – Know What The Desired Response Is Of That Audience 8 – Know What The Desired Response Is Of That Audience[1] So, you have the message and the person it’s being delivered to, but you also need to know the intention of what you are saying. Is the point of the message to inform them, drive them to action, amuse them, get them t…
 
2022.04.21 – 0476 - 7 – Imagine Where That Audience Is Listening / What They Are Doing 7 – Imagine Where That Audience Is Listening / What They Are Doing So now you know the kind of person the story or the script is aimed at, and why they should be interested. In a moment we’ll consider the desired response of that audience, but first let’s spend a…
 
"You must ENGAGE your learners!" Have you heard anyone say that before? Yep. Us too. We've had a few guests talk about it on IDIODC in the past. And from those conversations we've learned about games, experiences, and making learning fun. But what, exactly, do we mean by creating "engaging learning"? Dr. Clark Quinn joins us to talk about how we ne…
 
2022.04.20 – 0475 – The Geller Principle Radio presentation trainer Valerie Geller[1] says “there are no boring stories, only boring storytellers” and she’s right: it’s how you tell the story the images you create and the words you use… but also your voice. She says “be interested and you will be interesting”, in other words if you know what you ar…
 
2022.04.19 – 0474 – The Information Equation Information + Presentation = Communication Successful communication is largely a matter of presentation, and that depends on how it’s written and how it’s read. A good presenter will remember that they are not reeling off information or reading from a script, but telling someone a story. See acast.com/pr…
 
2022.04.18 – 0473 - The Listener's B-S Detector If you do not care, don’t know the audience, or do not understand the content - and let it show - the listener is very likely not to bother either. Their natural B-S detector will be triggered at a hundred paces. If you sound as though you are ‘reading aloud’, you’re doing it wrong. If you sound like …
 
2022.04.17 – 0472 - 6 – Understand The Story Or The Message 6 – Understand The Story Or The Message Once you know who you are talking to you need to understand the message that you are giving them. Putting them together is part of a ___ step process to engaging naturally with your voice (the tone, words, rhythm, pace, pauses etc etc). What do I mea…
 
2022.04.16 – 0471 - 5 – Know Who *You* Are 5 – Know Who You Are You need to know your role in this script-reading, what perspective you are speaking from, what gives you the ‘right’ to pass on this information or advice: · Voice Of God – a disembodied, unnamed voice that makes announcements and pronouncements without any emotion. · Representative –…
 
2022.04.15 – 0470 – NPR Advice “So many of us listen to audio stories through earbuds. It becomes really intimate. One person standing really close and telling a story right to someone's ear. And this is the other key thing to remember about effective audio storytelling. This is really a one-to-one medium. It isn't about you orating to a big audien…
 
2022.04.14 – 0469 - Keep yourself single Keep yourself single It will be easier to talk conversationally, as though to one person, if your script reflects that hypothesis. Radio people often talk in terms of ‘the listener’ rather than ‘the listeners’, because we speak to them on an individual basis. So it’s never ‘all our listeners’, it’s ‘you’; it…
 
Blockchain, NonFungible Tokens, Crypto, ethereum, and other terms are making their way into L&D. Welcome to Learning3: The L&D version of Web3. Nobody has any idea what it is, but we might as well start calling it what we always call these evolutions when they hit our industry. All joking aside, now is a really good time to start having these conve…
 
2022.04.13 – 0468 – Intimate Audio To sound credibly intimate, and less like ‘an announcer’, you need to convince yourself that you are talking to one single person. That way each listener will fantasise that that person is them. Direct your comments to this person, and in doing so you’ll become more ‘real’; communicating on a one-to-one basis with…
 
2022.04.12 – 0467 – Talk To Teddy When I’m podcasting I… talk and feel like I am having a conversation with somebody, as do other people. When I started off I actually got my old teddy bear out and I sat him in front of my computer and I talked to him. It gave me a focus for my conversation, I was explaining to him. And I did find to start off with…
 
2022.04.11 – 0466 – Where Are They Listening The next step is, in your mind’s eye, place ‘your listener’ in an appropriate location to hear your message. It’s what we do naturally when we call someone on the phone, whether it’s a colleague or a call-centre, mum or a mate: we ‘see’ them and where they are in our mind’s eye. · The room in which they’…
 
2022.04.10 – 0465 – Your Audience Reminder That person should be: · A specific person · A real person – so not a character in a film · Someone to whom you have some connection – so not a celebrity · Not someone who might be disapproving or with whom you have a parent /child relationship – such as your actual parent! · Not someone who is too support…
 
2022.04.09 – 0464 – 4 – Talk To Them One To One 4 – Talk To Them One To One Part of feeling comfortable is also being able to continually monitor the audience, their face, body language and voice for signs of agreement or understanding, or other emotions such as disgust, anger, humour or enthusiasm. But that’s difficult when we are in an environmen…
 
2022.04.08 – 0463 – 3 - Know Who Your Audience Is 3 - Know Who Your Audience Is Whether it’s a news bulletin for a radio station, a YouTube video or a voice over, you need to know who you are talking to. We have already seen how we change our voice, tone, language, speed … everything! – when we speak to different people in our everyday life. So we …
 
2022.04.07 – 0462 - 2 - Be Comfortable 2 - Be Comfortable You will sound more natural, conversational and as though talking to a friend, if you are feeling confident and comfortable, warm and relaxed. It’s easy to work your way up to the state of a ‘fairground barker’[1] announcer, but less easy to pull back, step back and sit back, relaxing into a…
 
Instructional Designers and eLearning developers play an important role in DEI programs. When stock characters are required it's often difficult to find the right image that reflects your requirements. And when you do find something that works it's often quite boring and unfitting of the style you had designed. So, we're often left wondering, "I wi…
 
2022.04.06 – 0461 – 1 - Study Natural Conversations In The Wild 1 - Study Natural Conversations In The Wild To sound conversational, you need to give the impression that you are talking without a script. If the audience has the perception that you are reading pre-written, edited, and rehearsed words then that sheet of paper or computer screen has c…
 
2022.04.04 – 0459 – Does A Conversational Read Lessen Your Authority? VOICE BOX The best reads are a combination of intonation, volume, speed, pause, pitch – all slightly dialled up or down depending on the story, the sentence, the word, the situation, the audience… But does being conversational lessen one’s authority? For example, in news reading.…
 
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