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How to efficiently create batches of instructional videos

Ya ya ya this is the kind of thing that can and will drive you around the bend if you don’t know what you’re doing. Creating batches of instructional videos – effective ones, that look polished, professional and have a style that runs through them all and that make YOU look like you’re organised, tech savvy and at the top of your game. Yikes~!   I’ve been there. It LOOKS so easy. Yeh SURE I can whip up some content, not sure what all the fuss is about – piece of cake!   The reality, is often quite different. If you’d like to see the blooper reel that proves it (and that’s just the taking the VIDEO part) then click here: What really happens when you try to take professional videos. Guaranteed giggle snorts. I promise.   But seriously, that video just pokes fun at all the stuff that you need…Continue Reading

How to embed graphics into high quality videos

How to embed graphics into high quality videos

  One of the questions I get asked all the time, is ‘how do you get your video inside your Powerpoint Presentations? It’s really powerful but I can’t work out what order I’m meant to do things in to make it happen!’ I also get clients asking me question like when do I record the audio? do I record the slides first or the video of me talking first? can I use PowerPoint to record the presentation? I’m pulling my hair out over this – surely it can’t be this hard can it?!   Well the simple answer to this question, is that there really is no simple answer.   There are quite a few different ways you could do it and it really depends on the equipment and software you have, your budget, and what quality you’re expecting your final product to be. There are also different methods that…Continue Reading

Top 4 Tips for Getting Started on Making Instructional Videos

Top 4 Tips for Getting Started on Making Instructional Videos

  I get asked this all the time.   My clients say things like – ‘oh you just look and sound so natural in your course videos! How do you do it? I love sitting down to do your course because it’s like you’re in the room with me and we’re having a cuppa!’     Yep, well of course it looks like that… … after one helluva lot of editing! If you want to see what REALLY happens between all those relaxed, easy to listen to  conversational course videos, then check out this video blooper reel I put together after hours of editing hours of video and nearly going bananas! What really happens when you take professional videos.   So here are my top 4 tips for making engaging instructional videos: Have a clear structure, and stick to it. Intro, body, conclusion. That’s the crux of it. I go into…Continue Reading

The digital tools that I swear by.

The digital tools that I swear by.

  Ahhhhh, technology.   It’s a blessing when you have the right combinations and a curse when you don’t. It’s taken me a fair few years to get this combination working for me but now that I have it, I’d never go back.     So what do I use? Well, I get asked this question all the time, so here we go – a blog that explains it all!   Just in case you’re wondering, I’m not an affiliate for any of these products, which means that I’m not making any money by telling you about them – I just believe in them and they’re working wonders for me – so please get in touch if you want any more info on how and why they work so well for me!     Let’s start with the most important thing, the hardware. First things first, I’m an Apple girl…Continue Reading

What really happens when you try to take professional videos

What really happens when you try to take professional videos

If you’re trying to create professionals videos, there’s one thing you really have to learn how to do.   Laugh at yourself. Honestly. While I was producing the video content for my online courses in Bali, I decided I was going to have to put together a blooper reel to expose the not so perfect side of video making. It looks so easy when you see the final products but you know what? It really isn’t.   With all the cutting, editing and adjusting that needs to be done to produce 3-4 hours of solid, quality video content, I was going a bit mad so decided to do something that would make at least me laugh – which it did – hop you get a good giggle out of it too!   Moral of the story?   Learn to laugh at yourself – it will make the video creation process…Continue Reading

Banishing Bad Behaviour; is it really possible?

Banishing Bad Behaviour; is it really possible?

We’ve all been there, be it with students (or employees for that matter!) of any age range; those that don’t want to be there, those that don’t want to learn, those whose mission in life it seems to disrupt every activity and learning opportunity and apparently make your teaching life or supervisory role hell on earth.   So what can you do about it? How do you get around that one person disrupting the experience for everyone? Is there a one size fits all approach to achieving workplace or classroom zen?   When I first went to teach in Japan, I was taking over a class from another teacher who left me with this comment about the class: ‘they’re a freaking nightmare. One of them just goes nuts at the drop of a hat and the rest of the class follows suit. It’s not teaching, it’s crowd control. The only…Continue Reading