You Need to Understand your subject.

You don’t have to be an expert, just informed well enough to know the key points of what you are delivering. To put it simply, you should know what points are important and what you can consider secondary.

You also need good material. It must be accurate, up-to-date and easily explained.  Typically, the raw material for the training is given to us by subject matter experts for whom we are developing the training. However, this does not relieve you of the responsibility of understanding it. You have to do some research. You have to learn to break down the concepts in terms that you can understand so that you are sure you can pass it along.

Once you have gathered the research and reviewed the material given to you, it’s time to check your knowledge and time to review how you will break it out. Probably the best way to do this is by creating a storyboard. A storyboard is an outline of the material you intend to produce, typically done page by page. There are many different ways to create a storyboard, but perhaps the most common is a method that looks similar to a cartoon strip. Each box represents a slide, page or segment.

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Some developers prefer cutouts so they can be easily reordered as needed.  The cutouts are then tacked to a cork board strip or tack-glued to a segment of poster board or Styrofoam. This is how the process gets its name.

The storyboard also functions as a way of reviewing the material with your client or the individual you are developing the content for.  Visualization helps many to get a clearer idea of what the project will look like when it’s finished. And…it’s always better to have an early review so that you and the client are sure you are on the same track.

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