It got me thinking that before you can record audio, you really need to have a script to record. I’m a novice script writer, but here are my tips:
- Write what you would say if you were just talking to someone.
- Use contractions.
- Try not to let Legal get involved (unless it is about compliance) – you’ll end up with Legalese.
- Never ever use the passive tense. I export my scripts to Word and run a grammar check. It takes some ingenuity to get rid of all passive verbs, but well worth it.
- No more than two sentences per slide/screen. Please. Read this post by Jennie Ruby where she explains why.
- Remove useless words and phrases – directly related to preceding point. I have a job aid hanging in my cube (see below).
- Read every single sentence aloud. If you can’t get it out, reword it until it sounds natural.
- NEVER EVER record word-for-word what is on the screen. Don’t read to people. (508 is exception).
- If someone else is going to do the recording, make sure you give them phonetic spelling/hints for strange words or acronyms as words.
Does anyone else have tips?