People outside of training don’t always understand that there’s a big difference between learners. For instance…
Teaching a 1st Grader and a 3rd Grader (Two years to a little sponge makes a BIG difference!)
Explaining a medical procedure to a medical student and then the same procedure to a patient
Walking an employee through a mandatory policy training vs. an employee taking the course for optional credits/bonuses
If the information is presented to different learners in the same way, you’ll lose learners, retention rates, and the entire point.
I get it. Truly. Why? Because I have the passion of an educator.
I was originally trained as an Elementary School teacher and then I taught groups in the woods at an Environmental organization. Next I jumped into the software industry, training and writing procedural documentation and eventually developing elearning courses. Between all of these adventures, I volunteered with ESL students and adult literacy groups. I have taught in the classroom, over the phone, one-on-one, in auditoriums, even under a coconut tree on an island – you get the idea.
So when I narrate for elearning and training, you can be sure I know how to connect to the learner, because sharing information is my world. It’s my love. It’s my Why!
Another thing I understand as an elearning developer is the dilemma of needing a professional voice over, but not being able to get approval – due to either budget constraints, or pushback because it’s “something new”. I’ve walked many companies through the process of decoding this for their team, helping them realize that they can afford voice over and, just as importantly, that their ID team now has a whole lot more time to do what they love (and were originally hired to do)…design.
Together, let’s discover the best style to help your listeners learn to their fullest potential.