Your teacher introduction video is probably the most important part of your profile page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your personality, mention skills/credentials, and explain to students why you're the right language teacher for them. Rather than making an elaborate video, we recommend keeping things simple and straight to the point.
50 - 100 seconds.
- Introduce yourself
- Mention your background, experience, skills
- Invite students to take private 1-1 lessons with you on Verbling
- Keep it simple, concise and personal.
- Be creative if you want. However, avoid animations/sound-effects unless you are extremely confident in your video editing skills. If you are not a skilled video editor, adding animations/sounds can actually be damaging as it might make your video look unprofessional.
- Make sure you have excellent lighting. Avoid dark rooms and shadows.
- Try to be in a nice, comfortable environment (no dirty laundry in the background). If possible, record in front of a solid-color wall. The fewer distractions you have in the background, the better a student will be able to focus on you.
- Be happy and smile in your video.
- At least some portion of your video should be in the language that you are teaching.
- If you wish to address a particular audience - for instance, if you're teaching Spanish and want to address English speakers who are at the beginner level in Spanish, you could/should speak in English too.
- If you are bilingual/trilingual+, feel free to record your video in each language that you speak.
Things to avoid
- Do not mention your email, skype id, or any other websites/blogs. All communication with students, and all teaching, is done through Verbling.
- Do not mention any promotions/deals in your video.
- Do not do any extensive teaching in your introduction video. (You can make a separate sample video for this if you want).
- Do not use your Verbling application video as your introduction video unless it's already an introduction video.
- Do not enable YouTube ads on your video.
- Do not make your video "private" on YouTube.
- Make sure audio and video are of high quality. If you don't have a good webcam/microphone, buy them (there are very affordable ones online). You'll need them for your teaching sessions, as well.
- Record your video on your computer and then upload it to YouTube. Recording directly on Youtube's webcam recording page often results in poor video quality.
- Here are some suggestions for free recording software on your PC or Mac: http://www.wikihow.com/Record-from-a-Webcam
Title your YouTube video "Verbling Teacher [NAME] introduction video"