I’ve just spent three hours of my time watching two training videos for a software program I have to learn. The first video was recorded during a previous training session. The second video was… well, it was not.
The first video, Vid1 I’ll call it, was not the most interesting thing (it’s accounting software, for Pete’s sake) but there were questions from the trainees which kept it alive. I had a few of the same questions so I listened attentively to the answers, following along with my printed instructions and taking notes as needed.
Vid2, on the other hand, was dry and I had to replay sections two or three times because I found my mind wandering. I peeled the nail polish off my fingernails, I went to the refrigerator for a soda, I opened some mail I hadn’t gotten to earlier, I straightened a pile of papers… you get the idea.
What I can’t figure out is who decided on the voice. Not this voice in particular but the tone that all training videos seem to have. The inflection the speakers use, the up and down tone of voice, as if highlighting something in their speech – although I can’t figure out why that word would be highlighted.
Why can’t they take a cue from the droning of Ben Stein?