All right, it is time to create your class resources. Now what these might be, is they might be slides that you're going to talk over the top off, some PowerPoint slides. It will be the time to create your dialogue. Either fully written out, that you're going to read out, or for me, like I just make sure I got bullet points underneath each kind of outline topic. And you'd also be creating your, like exercise files here, or your, let's say it's a bit more of a tactile class, like baking or watercolor painting. You'll kind of create those now so that you can practice them, and kind of get them ready for the course, and know what you're going to talk about. So let's talk about them a little bit more.
So slides are really good for, if it's your first course, and you're like, "Man, do I have to do the talking head thing?" like this, I wouldn't, I didn't for the first few of mine, because it's really nerve wracking, it's really hard, it takes a long time. It's hard to do without cuts, so I'm getting better at it, but I'm still, I waffle a lot, you can tell. But I find this is quite natural, I like it, as the experience for the student. But for your first courses, you don't have to. Just talk over the slides with a microphone. They don't even have to see your face. So create those slides.
Dialogue, I talk to just rough bullet points, rather than, like say a teleprompter. So if you do live talking head stuff, you might just, you might find that it's quite hard to do without any, like for me, I'm just kind of naturally trying to do this, but you might find it's a lot more professional, or works a lot easier for you to read from a teleprompter. Teleprompters are pretty cool. You can make one yourself with an iPad. Google homemade teleprompter. I didn't find it very useful for me. It was good, kind of takes the nerves away a little bit, because you can just read out, and you sound a whole lot better. but I find, reading from a teleprompter is, if you're really, really nervous, it's going to raise your game to here, but if you're okay, like I am talking on camera, it's going to kind of lower you down to this baseline. You know, take all the kind of organic, and personal, and the connection you can have with a student down to this kind of like median.
So if you're really stressed and sweating, read from teleprompter, but after maybe a couple of courses you might try and do it a bit more naturally. They never get down on one take, like if I am doing this talking head stuff, this is okay, because it's a little bit more of a dialogue, but if it's the intro, you should see, how many takes I have to do to kind of hit all my, like, "Hi, my name is Dan, and I'm an Adobe Certified Instructor." Then I kind of-- it takes a long time. So if you're worried, and you're like, "Man, it takes me a whole day to do a short video," that's me too. These ones are little bit easier, because I'm talking, there's no expectation of a succinct video.
You would probably wish it was, it's a bit shorter, but I'm okay to ramble. So make sure you've got a dialogue. I don't read from it, I just have bullet points to talk from. Get your slides ready, and your exercise files. Now your exercise files for me, is quite useful. So the whole process of it is really, really helpful, in making a really nice smooth course. What I mean by that is that, let's say I'm doing a Photoshop course, and let's say I get to the bit, I'm going to-- I have to make exercise files, for us to make, so I go off, I find images that we're going to use, and then I go through my outline, and I go, Okay, outline, we need to talk about retouching here.
So I'm going to find a good example and I'm going to start, kind of doing it myself before I make other people do it. And that does a couple of things, one is, it helps me, kind of put down the bullet points, of like, "Oh, make sure I tell them this, make sure I don't forget that bit," and I add that to my outline. Remember the big messy one from earlier on? It has like little notations in there for me to make sure I cover. It also helps me, like, it's kind of like a crazy person, but what I do is, when I'm doing it, I'm talking in my head to my fictional audience. And I'm saying, I'm just-- I'm imagining how I would, like discuss it during the course. So I'm talking to myself in my head, and I get to-- it's really good because I get to a point where I'm like, "How am I going to discuss that here?" without having, first, kind of acknowledge, earlier on in the course, or something like that, or maybe like, I just get to a video I'm like, "Man, this is too hard core for where I feel we're at in the course."
It looked good when I was drawing the outline, but in the flow of the course, it's not working. So what I'll do is I'll go and say-- I'll either move it around and go, "You just need to be later," this whole section, it's going to go down two pegs so that, where the class is a bit more knowledgeable, and fluent in the program before we get to that. Or let's say that it is-- fluent in the program. Let's say I just got to go back and, like maybe introduce it a bit earlier. Maybe a smaller version of that thing, that technique that I need to explain. I just kind of drop it in, I'm like, "Okay, I'll go back to here", update this little exercise a bit to talk about it a little bit.
So it's not such a big kind of overwhelming surprise later on. I find that really useful. And I find my courses flow so much better when, I've got that kind of-- I've done that crazy person talk in my head. So exercise files, slides. You might be doing the thing that you plan to do. If you're doing a bit more of a theoretical course, say it's business, it's a bit more of theory based, you might just be doing the slides here, and maybe the dialogue. But yeah, it's time to get everything ready before you start recording.
Just so you know, the time frames that I give myself, I find, let's say that, I did a 50-video course just recently. It's a big long course, you might haven't done anything that big, but that 50 videos, like fast planning it again now, I'd say, I need about four days for getting the content ready. Kind of write it out, adjusting my thing, I generally do in three days, but about four days is kind of what it takes me. And then recording is probably going to take me about a week and a half, solid. Well solid working days, so five, six, seven, maybe eight days of recording to get all that done. I'm getting better at it, it will probably take me a lot longer in the early days. But you're, it's your first course, you're going to be doing this on the weekends, and the evenings.
So don't pick a 50-video course for your first one. Pick a 10-video course, something small that you can do, and you can get out in a month or two, and adds, you know, you can just do that forever. I've gone full time with it, so I get to pour all my time into doing it. But I guess it's just interesting to know, how long sometimes this kind of prep takes compared to the recording. And that prep is so much useful, because it makes the flow of the actual recording so much nicer.
All right, that my friends is going to be it for preparing your course material. Next video, we're going to start the recording. All right, see you then.