Promo Video - Make Talking Head Videos with Ease
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Whether you're a course provider, blogger, or business owner - you can talk to camera with confidence. What a life skill
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Last updated 10/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Talk naturally and with confidence to a video camera
  • Write scripts that don't sound like it's scripted
  • Read scripts without sounding as though you are reading
  • Know how to get a free teleprompter
  • Use a teleprompter without looking like a frightened goldfish
  • Become infinitely more photogenic - and we're not talking about makeup here
  • Use simple on-camera body language to emphasize your message or to build your argumment
  • Create professional intros
  • Boost number of views and improve engagement
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  • You will need some way to record video (iPhone, iPad, video camera or DSLR) No previous knowledge required.

Video creation. By the end of this course you will be able to give compelling, confident, professional talking-head videos


Whether you want to create video-based courses, or whether you're a business-owner or a blogger, wanting to leverage the power of short videos online – you have a problem. You hate the thought of talking to a camera. Your natural enthusiasm drains away. It all feels so unnatural, it's embarrassing.

I'm going to help you change all that – fast

And as a 'quick win' - just 30 minutes from now, you'll have created your own professional Intro, with music – completely free of charge.

You'll learn how to eliminate 'ums and 'ers. except…er, where you decide to add them to increase the sensation of spontaneity – well-rehearsed spontaneity!

I'll show you how to write a script that doesn't SOUND like a script

How to read a script without sounding like you're reading

How to get hold of a FREE teleprompter – and how to use it without looking like a terrified goldfish

How to add the extra ENTHUSIASM a video needs, without being embarrassed or sounding like a used-car salesman

Simple body language techniques to REINFORCE a message and to BUILD your argument

Why this course? Well, because I'm NOT a BROADCASTER. I haven't spent hundreds of hours in professional studios, rubbing shoulders with media people. I'm just like you – a HUMAN. Someone who's had to learn all the wrinkles for myself. But NOW, I'm going to share them with YOU.

So, why not join me straight away? And by the end of today, there'll be a new, confident you – happy to appear to camera. Comfortable, knowing that you can do it.

Who is the target audience?
  • Course providers wanting to improve their promo videos and lesson delivery
  • Business owners wanting to leverage the power of marketing videos
  • Bloggers wanting to inject professional videos into their platform
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
Free 'taster' lesson
1 Lecture 02:05

Not decided whether the course is for you? This is free access to one of the lessons. An opportunity to see if you like the way I teach. Enjoy!

Preview 02:05
Welcome and Introduction
2 Lectures 04:30

Before we begin in earnest, l'd like to give you a very quick rundown on what you will learn - and where in the course you will find each topic. Takes only a couple of minutes.

Preview 02:12


It's intended for people new to Udemy. It quickly shows you things like how to contact me with questions, how to download your notes, how to contact support and how to get your 'Certificate of Completion'.

Preview 02:18
Quick win - creating your 'Ident'
2 Lectures 04:18

Learn what is meant by an ident - your way of branding your videos. I also show you what I mean by an animated link. In our next lesson, you're going to create an ident and a link of your own.

What is an Ident?

Wow - your chance to become a film producer. Yes, you're about to create an animation.

EXERCISE - create your own intro, with music
But I hate my face
2 Lectures 03:34

One of the main inhibitors preventing people from appearing to-camera is feeling uncomfortable with our own looks. I give you a very simple (but incredibly effective) strategy to tone down our imperfections.

Preview 03:34

These are your downloadable notes. Your opportunity to print them off.

But I hate my face - making the best of it. DOWNLOADABLE NOTES
4 pages
Body language
2 Lectures 05:27

Don't worry, we're not going to get bogged down with lots of body language ploys. Just a couple of incredibly effective ways to emphasize your points and build arguments.

Body language - non-verbal communication

These are your downloadable notes. Your opportunity to print them off.

5 pages
Writing your script - why and how
8 Lectures 13:43

Learn how using a script and a teleprompter make life so much easier - and less painful - even when you are a subject expert

Why use a script - and why a Teleprompter?

This is where you learn to write scripts that don't SOUND as though they are scripted.

How to write Spoken English

These are your downloadable notes. Your opportunity to print them off.

How to write Spoken English - DOWNLOADABLE HANDOUT
9 pages

Two of my own scripts that are in Written English. Your opportunity to get your hands dirty and try to convert them to Spoken English.

MINI EXERCISE - convert my written script to the spoken word
7 pages

A pdf showing the contractions I made to our two test scripts.

My version, for comparison
6 pages

6 pages

A very brief exercise where we simply record our own voice reading just a couple of paragraphs. Next exercise will improve our performance

MINI EXERCISE - record your first 'radio' script (takes no time at all)

In this very brief exercise, we add a little passion

MINI EXERCISE second read - this time with passion
Your FREE Autocue - and how to make it your friend
1 Lecture 05:50

This is where I give you a link to free Teleprompter software - as used by the professionals. And I show you how to use it.

Where to find your free Autocue and how to set it up
1 Lecture 03:11

In this exercise we take a script and, using Autocue, ramp up the voltage.

Mini-exercise. Over the top
Creating PIP
4 Lectures 09:28
Use PowerPoint for your backdrops

PRINTABLE HANDOUT - using PowerPoint for backdrops
4 pages

How to create the PiP

4 pages
CASE STUDY Scriptwriting
4 Lectures 11:39
Case Study - introduction

We take a brief look at the execution but, more importantly, we start examining the script

Case Study analysis

CASE STUDY script template

CASE STUDY - draft script
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Len Smith
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66,103 Students
10 Courses
Freelance copywriter and communications consultant

For the past 20 odd years Len has run his own business, Copywriting On Demand and manages The-Writers-Guru.

He works from home, writing copy for organisations around the world - and lots of them have become personal friends.

With forty years' experience in marketing, he spent three years in Paris responsible for IBM product marketing in 14 countries across EMEA.

His biggest market is the USA, followed by the UK, the Arab states and the Netherlands. His business comes via the web and his website attracts more than 1,000 visits a day.

Clients are as diverse as Vodafone, The Finance Leasing Association, Lloyds, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the BBC, a number of multinational pharmaceutical companies - even a TV 'Secret Millionaire'.

Married for more than 50 years (a world record?) he has three sons.

He lives in a rambling old vicarage in Yorkshire that has the distinction of having been built by the Brönte sisters’ Uncle Fennel. Charlotte’s earliest recorded letter was written from the vicarage during one of the children’s brief holidays there.

His interests have included competitive rallying (including an attempt at the Monte Carlo Rally and the Paris Marrakesh), and paragliding. These days he is content with art and opera.

Vacation time aside, Len aims to answer student queries within hours.

Sean Kaye
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Wordpress Expert in SEO, Security and Content Marketing

Sean has had a long and rewarding career in the Enterprise Technology world and has built a successful business in coaching, online marketing, SEO, Wordpress security and content marketing. During his career, Sean has been responsible for multi-million dollar businesses with seven figure profit numbers.

From his years of management experience, Sean is an accomplished business strategist but also an excellent communicator who can teach and educate people in complicated topics. His laid back style and dedication to his students' learning, as well as achieving their desired results makes Sean a leader in online education.

Sean originally comes from Toronto, Ontario but is now based in Sydney, Australia.