How to write a VIDEO SCRIPT for your online course (sound more natural)

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Reading from a script for your online course videos can save you a ton of time, but can also make you sound stiff and inauthentic. In this video, we’ll show you how to write a more authentic video script so you can keep the time-saving benefits of scripting without sounding like a robot.

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How to write a VIDEO SCRIPT for your online course - 00:00
Should I script or improvise? - 01:04
Finding your "hybrid voice" - 02:10
Step 1: Write a rough draft - 03:07
Step 2: Edit your rough draft - 05:00
Step 3: Prep your script for delivery - 05:39
Ending - 06:53


Make sure you’ve structured and outlined your content
* Refer to previous video:

Scripting vs. Improvising
- Scripting = less natural but less editing
- Improvising = more natural but more editing

Hybrid Voice
* Authenticity is your biggest ally when it comes to gaining your student’s trust
* You can achieve what’s called a “hybrid voice” through a consistent writing practice
- 1. Write
- 2. Record yourself reading what you wrote
- 3. Listen back and edit to make it sound more natural
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re satisfied
* You can apply this method to make your script sound more natural even if you haven’t already developed a writing habit
* If you feel comfortable, invite someone to listen as you deliver your script and provide feedback on how natural you sound.

Step 1: Write your rough draft
* Don’t edit as you go
- Rip out your backspace key (JK)
- If you need to add specific instructions or other information that you need to research before writing, make a quick note and move on
- You can always go back later and put it in
* The goal is to get into a flow state
* If you have trouble writing without editing, you may find it easier to dictate your rough draft
* Record yourself going over the course material using the audio recording app on your phone
* Use an app that will create a transcription of your audio
- Free dictation tools: Apple Dictation on iOS, Windows 10 speech recognition, Google Docs voice typing
- Just Press Record - $ (iOS)
* Can record and then transcribe
* Can record into other iOS devices (like Apple Watch) and it automatically syncs
- Descript - $20 per month -
* Automatically adds punctuation and basic formatting
* Also has features that allow you to edit videos directly through your transcript

Step 2: Edit your rough draft
* Make corrections
* Check for natural speech
* Make performance notes (put in brackets)
- Words or phrases that need greater emphasis
- Notes about something you’re demonstrating
* May want to allow for ad-lib
- Jokes, personal stories
- Can increase the authenticity
- Can help you stay loose on the scripted parts

Step 3: Prep your script for delivery
* Add formatting so you’re more aware of the over-all structure
- Titles, bold, & italics
- Especially helpful if you’re doing V/O
- You can share as a supplement to your course and increase the value
* Break the text up
- It’s important to avoid the “wall of text” but break it down even more
- It’s hard to read a wall of text, but it’s even harder to perform (which is essentially what you’re doing)
- Rather than 3-5 sentence paragraphs, break it down into 1-3 sentence sections.
* Save an unformatted version for the TelePrompTer
- Some TelePrompTer apps will automatically remove formatting, but it’s good to have a clean transcript just in case.

Descript (Audio dictation tool):
Just Press Record (Audio dictation app):
Outlining your online course:
Hybrid voice:
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