You want your eLearning audio to go smoothly, especially voice-overs. Using your voice properly is a skill in itself. Before you grab a microphone, it’s important to know the proper techniques to use, and the rookie mistakes to avoid.
Your listeners want to hear your enthusiasm. Don’t worry, you won’t sound overly cheerful. My favorite thing to do is crack a few jokes with a coworker before I start at the microphone.
#2. Slow down!
Remember public speaking? The first thing you probably learned is that most people speak too quickly when in front of a crowd. Your eLearning will likely be accessed by ESL (English as a second language) learners or learners with hearing differences. Speak slowly and enunciate clearly for your audience.
Keep a cup of water nearby while you record. Swish throughout your mouth to lubricate your lips and cheeks. This will prevent unintended mouth sounds and keep your voice consistent though out your session.
#4. Prevent pops!
Also called “plosives,” these are the breathy pop sounds you get when you pronounce P- and B- words. To prevent these, install a low-cost microphone pop filter (they’re usually $5-10 at places like a Amazon) or a sponge ball style wind screen.
#5. Get comfortable!
Make sure you’re seated with your back straight — able to get full, deep breaths. Remember to maintain the distance between you and your mic between sessions, which is easiest when you’re comfortable.
#6. Lastly, breathe!
Take breaths at natural pauses, like at the end of sentences and statements (i.e. at commas and periods). Doing this will maintain your volume throughout each sentence. Many novices will start each sentence strong, but they end quite weak, especially on long winded passages. You can always delete or silence breaths, but you can’t fix that petering out. If you have any other voice over tips for eLearning, please share in the comments section below!