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  1. Dave Vranicar
    March 2, 2016 @ 8:54 am

    Hey, Daniel.

    I enjoyed this post and learned a lot from it, as I usually do.

    Your advice is important to me, as I am fairly new to screencasting and have a lot to learn.

    I have also enjoyed your books.

    Thank you.

    Dave

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  2. Emily
    March 2, 2016 @ 10:07 am

    Daniel!

    Good Morning! 🙂

    I loved this article!

    You are so articulate and genuine.

    Thanks so much for being the fab mentor who you are!

    Emily

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  3. Tania Butkowski
    March 2, 2016 @ 10:29 am

    Thanks Daniel, in our training video, people commented on the fact that they felt they were sitting in a room with our speaker and she was talking directly to them. We were fortunate that most of the viewers already knew her. Her delivery was exactly as your post suggested. I access your book almost daily and really have learned a lot.

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  4. Bob Skamnes
    March 2, 2016 @ 4:18 pm

    Very nice. Thank you.

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  5. steve hammill
    March 2, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

    Your narrations remind me of 70s relatable radio. I pre-date that a bit but flowered during that time frame. It was then that I embarked on a VO/VOC adventure that was very successful in my market. That was also the time when “casting directors” and “VO coaches” started to appear demanding headshots for national radio spots. The refrain “The casting directors want to see what you look like…” and then they’d berate your work, “…you sound like an announcer…”

    I’ll lay it on the line: 98% of those people derive their self-worth by shaking the self-worth of others; they are evil spirits.

    As long as you portray yourself as you providing the information before you, you are golden.
    If you hear ways that you can improve, go for it, but do not go blindly into the night.

    There are exceptional VO coaches, but they are rare. Before you decide to reinvent yourself, ensure that the “coach” has the juice to keep you employed using their method.

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  6. Dan
    March 2, 2016 @ 7:21 pm

    “try to use the first person in your narration”

    That might be an error. First person is “I think our dog food is tasty and delicious.” (I, us, we, our).

    You probably meant second person, as in “your dog will love Tasty Bits and you will love the price!” (You, your)

    Or did I miss your point?

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  7. Daniel Park
    March 3, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

    Thanks for all the kudos, y’all. Much appreciated.

    Steve, thanks for the sage words as always. This situation was a bit different, as it was acting. I was playing a role. Mark Estdale over at OMUK is the real deal, btw. He’s an acting coach first and a studio maven second. I learned a ton that weekend.

    Dan, my apologies for the lack of clarity. I actually did mean first person, singular. In other words, don’t be afraid to take ownership of your content by using the word “I.” Using the collective “we” weakens the message. And don’t even get me started on using your company name to stand in as the author.

    Also, a qualifier that I didn’t put in the article (though I might now): Use of the second-person singular is just as vital, even more so, actually, when it comes to connecting with your audience. Addressing each member of your audience as individuals, and staying focused on THEIR needs, will go a long way.

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  8. William S
    March 2, 2017 @ 6:25 pm

    Hi Daniel,

    I appreciate the effort involved in sending out these tips, and I definitely appreciate the content. This was a particularly good one, as far as I’m concerned, because I find voiceover to be the hardest part of creating a video. There’s nothing worse than a monotone presentation, certainly, but I find it difficult to create audio tracks that sound truly authentic. I have a lot to learn (and to practice)!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Bill

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