How To Improve Your Speaking For Audio Training

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audio productPerhaps you like the idea of creating audio products but you are shy about talking and recording yourself – that’s natural.

In this post I wanted to help give you some ideas on how to become more confidence creating audio programs and some important tips on how to do so successfully.

Tips For Audio Creation

1. Be Yourself

One of the most important things when you create audio is that you speak naturally. Let your personality come through rather than try to suppress it.

I believe that people get far more out of an audio training program if they are able to hear your personality. This enables them to connect with you better and form a more solid relationship with you.

It really doesn’t matter if you sneeze or stutter over some words – we are all human!

There are times when I have recorded a training and I have said something that makes me laugh! I used to be tempted to edit and remove that part of the training but I realise that there is no point. It’s a part of who I am.

I think the important thing to realise is that if you can’t be yourself when you record your training you will never be able to have any ‘live’ conversations with your clients. You must have confidence in speaking about your niche.

2. Honesty

Being open and honest should be obvious. It is far easier to talk about something if you truly believe in what you are saying. If you decide to create a training program based on someone else’s opinion but you don’t agree with it yourself then you will struggle to come across as natural.

If you want to give other people’s opinions then that’s fine to give a balanced view but be honest if you don’t agree with it or feel that it is not painting to true picture. Your customers will respect you for it.

Another thing is to admit if you get something wrong. Times change and there might be occasions when you change your view on something because new evidence has come to light or perhaps your own experiences have led you to a different conclusion. Be honest about it.

3. Knowledge

You really do need to be sure of your subject. If you’re not then it will be a dead giveaway when you start floundering. Have notes in front of you to keep you on track and refer back to them often. There’s nothing wrong with this – plenty of famous public speakers have notes or bullets in front of them to make sure they get everything they need to say included in their speech.

It’s the same with your audio training. Notes keep you on track and also prompt you if your mind goes blank or you are not 100% sure of something.

4. Connect

Often when preparing recorded training it can seem a little odd speaking to ‘no one’. This can then come across in your training and you lose out on building that connection with your listener.

When recording your audio have in mind the person you are speaking to – one of your ideal customers. Have a photo of them (create one) or a mirror (if you don’t mind seeing yourself) so that you are speaking to a real person!

When I was still at school I used to pretend to be a teacher and I would line all my teddies up and start teaching them! They were excellent students…. 🙂

Finding Areas To Improve On

1.Nerves

If you get nervous then have some calming background music on – provided it doesn’t interfere with your own voice level it is fine to have this on in your training program.

2.Lost Thoughts

If you lose your thoughts easily then have an outline in front of you and tick off as you go along so that you can see at a glance where abouts you are.

3. No Confidence

Remember that someone will buy your training programs because they believe you can help them. They believe this because they perceive you as an expert – you are better than them at something and they want to learn from you.

Therefore be confident in your knowledge and expertise. Expertise is not about being really brainy and intellectual or knowing advanced information.

When you know something it is easy to forget that there are plenty of people who don’t know what you do. All of us can take our knowledge for granted.

2 Comments on “How To Improve Your Speaking For Audio Training”

  1. Hi Kay.
    I always want to record an audio or video but feel scared; I am happy that you mention the issue of being ‘yourself’.

    1. Author

      Yes, a lot of people do feel scared. Recording an audio is a lot easier than recording a video of yourself though.
      Just imagine that you are chatting to a friend.
      When I record my trainings I stand in front of my TV screen! It’s not that I am vain but having a reflection of someone in front of me helps me to feel as though I am actually talking to a real person rather than just recording on my own!
      I might find a mirror too off putting but the TV reflection is OK!
      The best thing to do is to just go ahead and record yourself reading something out of a book. Gradually you’ll feel more and more comfortable doing so and then you’ll be able to record your own training.
      Might sound strange but it works for me!

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