Top 4 Tips for a Great Podcast Intro, by Suzana Jurcevic Garcia

As of June 2018, there are over 550,000 podcasts in existence at this time. Accessing the freely available technology to record conversations, debates, seminars, and more, people around the world are downloading their favorite podcasts and listening to them on the way to work, at home, or just unwinding after a long day. With everything from marketing to true crime covered in some kind of podcast right now, there is something for everyone in the world of the spoken word.

If you’re working on your own podcast, or are considering launching your own in the weeks to come, the competition is definitely stiff for standing out. Here are our top 4 tips for a great podcast introduction:

  1. Follow Your Passion:

Before you record an intro or name your podcast, first, you need to identify what it is that you are truly passionate about. Listeners only have your voice to go off of when tuning in, which means they can feel the genuine intonation behind how you speak. If you are not totally enamored with the podcast topic, it is going to show – especially in the introduction.

  1. Keep It Brief:

Until you gain traction, you need to bring in your audience with a “less is more” approach. Keep your introduction succinct, yet reflective of what you are going to offer your listeners. Once podcasts are successful, you have more freedom with the structuring and length of segments. But for now, assume people have short attention spans.

  1. Don’t Discount the Jingle:

Studies have shown that jingle recall is still incredibly high among consumers. In addition to voiceover, you can also add your very own jingle to your podcast introduction. It’s something people will have stuck in their heads when they head out for the day, which will constantly remind them of you and your podcast. The more memory, the more listeners.

  1. Professional Voiceover:

You want to show your subscribers that you are a serious podcast producer. That means investing in quality, male or female professional voiceover talent for your introduction. These individuals have the equipment and sound booths to record top quality, crisp voiceovers you can add to any element of an introduction. Don’t skimp on this feature right from the get go. Since everyone else is doing it, you need to as well – especially if you want to appear legitimate.

For some inspiration for your own podcast, here is just a small sampling of the dozens of podcast intros I have recorded and produced for others:

There is immense marketing/advertising money, influence, and business connections that can be made through hosting your very own podcast today. Luckily, with just a few free apps, or even Skype, you can begin recording your sessions as soon as tomorrow. But, before you dive in, take some time to really craft a clever and memorable introduction. Give it an unforgettable professional touch through hiring a professional voiceover artist from the start. It’s not something you’re going to regret.

So get out there and go launch your podcast!

References

https://mashable.com/2011/03/25/podcasting-tips/#kwpybxyxbkqk

How To Make eLearning Effective and Engaging, by Suzana Jurcevic-Garcia

As the world becomes more technologically developed today, we are seeing the effects of the digital age in everything that we do – including learning. For corporate employees and students, an emphasis on eLearning, the process by which individuals are educated through an electronic component, is increasingly characterizing how information is taught and trained. However, learning through a computer or tablet can remove the human interaction element that was classic in the classroom, with eCourses struggling to capture employee and student attention.

We’re going to look at 5 ways to make eLearning effective and engaging today:

  1. Customization:  It’s easy to go into “copy and paste” mode when you’re making online content that is going to be consumed without a student physically 10 feet from you. However, be sure to fight the urge, and continue to adapt your content to each and every student or employee. Take into consideration the course format, learning objectives, and the people at the receiving end.
  2. Story Telling:  When learning is occurring through a digital device, it’s extra important to instill emotion into the layout. It’s too easy to make eLearning boring and impartial, which is why you want to include more than just data and graphs. Stories and scenarios increase the level of interest in the receivers, providing them with context that is engaging to the human mind.  Also check out video creation sites, like Vyond (previously GoAnimate) and Powtoon, which are already equipped with the materials and information you need to create an engaging and interesting eLearning course today.
  3. Brevity:  Electronic learning is designed to be concise, yet effective, which means if you make 60-slide PowerPoints every week, you’re going to lose the captivation of your audience. To keep everyone stimulated, play into the brevity scenario. In a study released by a psychiatrist from Cornell University, James Cutting, it was discovered our brains have natural rhythms of attention spans, requiring stimulus changes every few seconds to remain attentive. Remember that when making your eLearning curriculum.
  4. Human Interaction:  Although you may not be in the room with those learning from your materials, you can lend human elements to the lessons to make them more digestible. For example, you can dub in male or female voice overs that provide a sense of comfort while the students/employees are alone somewhere studying through their phones or tablets. It doesn’t have to be totally anonymous.
  5. Excitement:  If you want to incentivize people to learn, there has to be some level of excitement or motivation to the eLearning programs. Some ways to instill this would be allowing the learners to have some control over their course material; incorporating social elements among participants; and providing opportunities for collaboration in the form of video chatting or writing in chatrooms.

Adding Human Emotion

At the end of the day, successful eLearning for corporate environments and schools will be a product of those willing to make it as emotionally human as possible. That’s where voice over artists and videographers will come into the picture, adding the sights and sounds of a classroom to the lesson plan, while still making it accessible online. That’s the future of education.

References

https://blog.lambdasolutions.net/5-ways-to-make-your-elearning-programs-effective-engaging

https://elearningindustry.com/5-ways-effectively-engage-millennials-in-elearning

https://elearningindustry.com/5-tips-transform-training-materials-into-engaging-elearning