December 13th, 2012 E-Learning

If there is one area that is often overlooked in the realm of e-learning, it is effectively implementing voice overs.  Doing voice overs is an art in itself, more than most people think.  What you think would only take 30 minutes ends up taking 30 days as you constantly find yourself recording and editing – again and again.  In fact, this is why many people end up outsourcing the voice over duties to a professional, or even scrap it altogether.

Truth is, adding voice overs to your e-learning content is a great way to increase its effectiveness as it introduces a human element not easily achieved in rapid development.  It can also add a sense of legitimacy for the content, especially if the narrator is someone has credentials for the topic being discussed.

But hiring a professional can be expensive, and getting the subject matter experts can be just as hard due to schedules.  So that leaves you, the instructional designer.

To help you with this process, I have included an infographic detailing 11-steps to effective voice overs.  Hopefully some of the items on here speak to you for your next e-learning gig (pun very much intended) 😉 .

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Justin Ferriman started LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Justin's Homepage | Twitter


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Thanks for your article. The mental self talk is a HUGE component for success in any business, but especially for voice actors! My husband has coached people for years on helping them change their mental thought patterns and beliefs. These can be very deep and very old ways of thinking that are difficult to change without an effective approach. What stops most people in life is their own thinking. Great insights, thank you! All the best

I’ve been trying to explain to my nephew how he needs his storyboard. He just wasn’t getting it. Now you’ve explained it perfectly how professional narration should be used. I’m all new to this eLearning thing, so thanks for your help!


Thanks for this valuable information. You give nice information about E-learning voice overs through tips. keep up your good work thanks.

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Simon Johns

Very good. Thank You LD!

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