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Before we get started, you'll need:

    • You'll need:
    • Microsoft Word.
    • A microphone, which I will ship to you.
    • Screen recording program that can capture your screen and audio. Microsoft has a free recorder. I personally prefer SnagIt Capture.

      • Here is a sample bio you can copy an make your own.
      • Please include a LinkedIn link to your profile if you would like that to be shown on our Instructor's page.
      • Upload your bio here: My Bio Upload

        • Your headshot for MeyerFire University needs to be recent. 
        • That's OK - because this is your opportunity to get that nice professional headshot that you haven't done in ten years... yes it's been that long : )
        • The only rule for our headshot is that it needs to have a solid color light or white background.
        • If you don't have a professional headshot image within the last two years, then we will pay you to go get one at JCPenny Photos (yes they're still around). Generally they have Groupons for digital image(s) and a photo shoot for $40 or less: JCPenny Photos with Lifetouch


        • If you're US-based: Email Joe thisW-9 Form completed, with a mailing address, and your shirt size.
        • If you're outside the US: Email Joe your mailing address, the email address you use for PayPal, and your shirt size.



        PICK A TOPIC

        • Here we're going to pick a whole series.
        • This should be a topic that (1) you're passionate about, (2) is a strength of yours, and (3) that is in an area that the users are needing in the near-future.
        • Generally, Joe will have a list of next-up topics that you'll be able to choose from.

          Action Item: Email Joe with ideas on topics, or simply ask what is available and needed. 




        Here, we want to have a rough idea of the 5-15 different segments that we want to cover as part of the series.

        The three core components of learning are:
          (1) Introduce a concept,
          (2) Give helpful resources,
          (3) Practice, practice, practice

        Some introduction (1) content will be video modules which will answer one specific question. 

        Helpful resources (2) often include PDF flowcharts, tables, diagrams, or other cheatsheets that a learner can keep and put into practice immediately.

        Practicing (3) can be a quiz, can be a puzzle (crossword, image identification, matching), it can be a plan review, a video game, or a 3D simulation.

        In the outline, we just want to establish a loose "flow" of what we want to cover within the overall series, the title of each segment, and key takeaways from that segment.

        A SERIES
        Each series will contain multiple modules.

        The series can be as long or short as necessary to cover a topic. Generally, a series ends up being between 6-15 different modules, and be between 1 and 3 hours.

        A MODULE
        For each module, we target 5-10 minutes as the ideal length. This is short and bite-sized. It's OK to be shorter or longer. We have some 3 minute and some 15 minute videos.

        If one segment goes too long (over about 15 minutes), we just split content into multiple segments.

        Ask questions and/or send to Joe (joe@meyerfire.com) for review/input when you're done.




        • Let's take the outline and turn it into a loose script.


        • Introduction (What did we cover last time? What will we talk about today?)
        • Body Blocks (Main body of the script)
        • Summary (Recap the most-important takaways)
        • Outtro (I'm NAME, this is MeyerFire)


        • Add content/stories/examples/details that are important or relevant to you.

        • Share your personality.

        • Make it fun.

        • Write and speak as if you're talking to a close friend.

        • Make it accessible to new audiences.

        • When you use big or technical terms, slow down and define what those mean, and reiterate what they mean in plain-speak.

        • Use active voice, for example, "I want to eat ice cream now."

        • Use humor as you see fit.

        • Teach in a way where you're actually helping the person you're talking to—for instance, what would you tell the person in the cube next to you?

        • Have fun.

        • Know that what you work on will be reviewed and helped.

        • Just focus on the script (content) at this stage.

        • Turn the Outline into as rough or as detailed of a Script as you'd like. You can keep it bullet-points as "talking points", or spell it out word-by-word on what you plan to say. Totally your choice here.


        • Don't talk in "hypotheticals" or "theories."

        • Don't talk in "hypotheticals" or "theories."

        • Don't be a monotone engineer-type that does webinars.

        • Don't talk like fire protection sucks.

        • Don't write and speak as if you hate the person watching.

        • Don't use big words to sound smart.

        • Don't do a technical-term "drive-by shooting." Stop and explain terms that might not be known.

        • Don't use passive voice, like "the ice cream may want to be eaten by me now."

        • Don't use profanity or belittle anyone.

        • Don't talk at a "30,000 ft" level where you don't actually say anything that could help someone.

        • Don't be boring.

        • Don't worry about perfection or the quality of what you're producing; our team (Joe included) will give feedback and make sure that the content will end up at a very high quality.

        • Don't worry about speaking and recording audio... we haven't even gotten there yet!

        • Don't worry about making it perfect. It won't be, that's 100% OK.

        • When writing out scripts, these tend to come out better when written the old-fashioned way (typing original content as you would speak it).


        • There are plenty of things that ChatGPT does well, but it (and other AI) has tell-tale writing style that comes off as inauthentic and can be overly grandiose. As of this writing in 2024, it's technical proficiency can be misleading when it's unchecked.

        • The value that we bring to users, as instructors, is not by quick-creating and hashing ChatGPT content. If that's all we're doing, then we're providing no additional service that a user cannot get from ChatGPT itself. This is no value-add to the user. If we use ChatGPT, we need to do so in a way were the end-result is vetted, accurate, is modified to our own personal voice, includes our own experience and stories, and basically becomes an extension of us - rather than us as an extention of it.

        • That being said; if you are going to use ChatGPT to set up your structure anyways, or put together an initial draft, try using this overall structure as guidance. Triple-click and Copy this prompt, and then copy and paste your outline into the same prompt.

        [Writing style guideline: Act as an engineering instructor who is developing fire protection training for industry professionals. The industry professionals are already familiar with construction and many things about the fire protection industry. We are providing training segments in audible form which are between 5 and 15 minutes in length when spoken at 190 words per minute. We then take groups of segments and form them into a series, which we call a Course. A course could range from four or five segments to as many as sixteen segments. Below is the title for all the segments in this series, the instructor of this segment, the title for this segment, and a rough outline of content for this segment. Please acknowledge that you have received this content with a simple acknowledgement of “OK. Got it.”]

        • Paste the above prompt and your outline for the segment into the same prompt. Press enter.
          Now, have ChatGPT generate a draft script by triple-clicking and Copy this prompt:

        [Guideline: You are now to write a script for this segment between 5 and 15 minutes long (when spoken at 190 words per minute). Take the information that was provided in the last prompt, and develop it into a script.   Writing Style: Write in a way that is both informative and entertaining. Write in a conversational, relatable, yet professional style. Use natural language and phrasing that a real person would use in a professional conversation. Be concise. Write at a high school level. Do not overly inflate the importance of a topic, or overly dramatic. Do not write in generalities, be euphemistic, vague, impressionistic, or impressionistic. Provide specific details or examples. Do not simply state the importance of something; rather, provide context and details that are specific unambiguous.   Do not use dramatic adjectives. Do not use dramatic adjectives like “we took a deep dive”, instead, just say “we took a dive”. Instead of saying “this critical process”, just say “process”. Use tame adjectives, not dramatic or embellished ones.   We only want factual information. List the steps involved, or the process, or technical explanation, without elaborating on their importance. Avoid prose that simply elaborates on the importance of something. Exclude unnecessary information.   The script should take the form of individual blocks that operate like mini-topics or mini blocks of related content. I’ll simply refer to these as Blocks. The Blocks should be in the form of Title, Introduction, Main Point, then multiple Body blocks (as many as necessary), and ending with a Summary block and Closing.   The Title block should simply be the title of the segment only. It should have an ALL CAPS subheader of TITLE.   The Introduction block should be five sentences or less. It should have an ALL CAPS subheader of INTRODUCTION. If it is the first segment of the series, then we should introduce the series first and what the series is going to cover. If this is not the first segment in the series, then the introduction should start by saying what the last segment was about, and what we’re going to cover in this segment.   Next is the multiple body blocks of the content. A block will have multiple paragraphs, but a block should generally not be less than 100 words or more than 200 words. If it takes longer to explain a topic in a block, then create multiple blocks. Create as many body blocks of content as is necessary to answer the topic. Include analogies or stories in order to illustrate a concept where it would be natural or appropriate to do so. For each block in this portion of the segment, provide a subheader in ALL CAPS that describes what is being conveyed in that block. The first sentence in each block should introduce what will be talked about in that block. The last sentence in each block should transition to the next block topic.   Continue with as many block segments as you need to explain the topic, with subheaders in ALL CAPS for each block.   For the Summary block, first re-introduce the title of the segment, or re-ask it as a question if the title of the segment is a question. Then, in one to four sentences, summarize what was taught as part of this segment. This should be a simplified summary of the content in this segment. Then, introduce what will be discussed in the next segment. If this is the last segment in the Series, then provide a recap for the series as a separate block where you describe what was covered as part of this series overall. Then, provide a closing that reads “I’m [Instructor Name], this is MeyerFire University.” Provide a subheader in ALL CAPS that simply says “SUMMARY” for this last summary block.]

        • Revise and rewrite the script to make it your own.

        • Whenever you save the file, save it as #####.## - Script - v1 where the ##### is your series number followed by the module. For example, the second module in series FX001 would be FX001.02 - Script - v1.

        • When we adapt and update and edit scripts in the future, we'll bump the version number up one number (such as changing this to FX001.02 - Script - v2. Please stick to this format so that our auto-update processes work correctly.


        AI REVIEW

        • In this step we're going to run our script through a specific ChatGPT prompt.
        • Here, we are looking for ways to improve our storytelling and improve the overall listener's experience.
        • Use ChatGPT 4.0 or higher.

        1. Triple-click to Copy the following prompt:
        [Guideline: The following is a script for a training session for fire protection professionals. Please review these instructions, and simply respond to me with "OK, got it. Please paste in the script and I'll provide the review." The goal for this script is to be informative and entertaining. It should be conversational, relatable, yet professional. It should use natural language and phrasing that a real person would use. It should be concise. Words should generally be at a high school speaking level. It should not inflate the importance of a topic, or be dramatic. It should not include generalities, be euphemistic, be vague, or be impressionistic. If there is reference to a code requirement, the specific code and section number should be included. It should not include dramatic adjectives. Do not use dramatic adjectives like “we took a deep dive”, instead, just say “we took a dive”. Instead of saying “this critical process”, just say “process”. Use tame adjectives, not dramatic or embellished ones. List the steps involved, or the process, or technical explanation, without elaborating on their importance. Avoid prose that simply elaborates on the importance of something. Exclude unnecessary information. You are going to provide feedback about this script. First, calculate how long it would take to read this entire script if it was spoken at 190 words per minute. Provide that estimated time first in your feedback. Now, write the following segment back to me: "We've found that storytelling and sharing examples is perhaps the best way to make new information "stick" for new learners. We want to make this your own, and make it better for the listener as well. Below is a list of possible ways to improve this segment. Read through the tips and then incorporate updates that you feel is best for the listener. "Now, you are now going to provide specific critiques for the script based upon our goals we highlighted earlier. Below is a list of tasks to complete. For each task, write a title for that task, and then provide five bullet-point ideas. Each bullet point idea should be no longer than two sentences. Number each of these as 1A, 1B, etc, all the way through 4E. Here is the task list: 1. Engagement Improvement (five ways this segment can be more engaging for the user by improving the script. Visuals and other ideas will be entirely separate from this script) 2. Story Ideas (if the segment does not include any stories, then recommend adding a personal story to the script, and emphasize that we best absorb information when it is part of a story. Then, provide five stories or analogies that this segment could incorporate to do a better job of crafting a story, or sharing analogies for easier understanding) 3. Ideas for Better Understanding (provide five ways or ideas that this content could be improved for technical accuracy) 4. Counter Arguments (five arguments that someone could have against the content in the segment)5. Code References (if the script makes any reference to a code or standard requirement, provide feedback to be specific on exactly the section where that code or standard requirement appears). Please review these instructions, and simply respond to me with "OK, got it. Please paste in the script and I'll provide the review." After which, when I paste the in script, you execute all of these review critiques and suggestions just as I've laid out. Thank you.

        2. Paste the copied text into a new ChatGPT prompt, and press enter to submit.

        3. ChatGPT will acknowledge the prompt, and then ask you for your script.

        4. Copy and Paste your script into ChatGPT.

        5. Review the feedback and ideas.

        6. Tweak or update your script as-you-see-fit best based on the tips provided by the machines.

        The goal here is to save time overall in peer review. Many of these tips and ideas are things we've used to improve our storytelling and be more engaging and more helpful for the user.

        7. Save the script locally.

        Whenever you save the file, save it as #####.## - Script - v1 where the ##### is your series number followed by the module. For example, the second module in series FX001 would be FX001.02 - Script - v1.

        When we adapt and update and edit scripts in the future, we'll bump the version number up one number (such as changing this to FX001.02 - Script - v2. Please stick to this format so that our auto-update processes work correctly.

        8. Upload the finalized script(s) using the top-right link for peer review.

        Thank you!



        This is our opportunity to improve the script by editing/reviewing for:

        • (1) Structure: Proper structure, including the intro, body blocks, summary, and then outro.
        • (2) Accuracy: Technical accuracy overall. Are all statements accurate, or potentially misleading? Are there caveats we would need to address? Are there terms like "always" that might not be accurate? Are there contrary views or counter agruments that could be made or discussed as part of the segment?
        • (3) References: Review of code & standard references.
        • (4) Stories: We learn by stories. Is there a story in here? An example? A case study? Could these be added to the script?
        • (5) Clarity: Can the content be summarized, paraphrased, edited or repeated in easy-to-understand language?

        • If the edit is an easy correction - go ahead and make the edit right into the script. It's more productive to just make the improvement and keep your Track Changes on.
        • If the edit is more complex (a question, call for a story, or tip), then highlight and make a comment in the word file for the instructor.


        Every three years, we'll revisit scripts and a series in total to look for code updates and opportunities to improve. We'll re-record the script in its entirety for quality improvements and code updates so that all material stays relevant.

        In a revamp, we want to review as we would for a new script, but also check for the following:

        • (6) Code Updates: Review any referenced code sections, and re-write portions of the script to update to the latest codes. If there are differences, discuss the differences in the new script. This is a key way to stay relevant and help the user get the 'latest' in the industry.
        • (7) User Reviews: Use the link above to go to the Course Reviews. You may need to request approval to access the page if you haven't accessed it before. Filter by the series you're working on, and read every user review. Not all of them will post feedback. Address reasonable suggestions in the revamped scripts (if applicable). For anything you can fix, make a bullet-point list and send an email directly to Joe (joe@meyerfire.com) and we'll get the changes implemented.


        Take the filename that was submitted before, and increase the version number one additional number; so the file FA113.01 - Script - v1 becomes FA113.01 - Script - v2 after it is reviewed. 



        Editing for spoken copy. We want an engaging spoken form that is great for audible learning. 

        • (1) Grammar
        • (2) Spelling
        • (3) Spacing
        • (4) Structure
        • (5) Clarity



        • This is the most intimidating part for some people, but I'll start off by saying - this can be really really fun! And it doesn't have to be hard.



        • perhaps the #1 rule - SMILE - when you're speaking. It'll show through on the audio.

        • use a "speaking" voice, not a "reading" voice. Imagine that you're explaining all of this to your very close friend. Talk like that! 

        • record one long audio segment for each module. If you mispronounce a word, trip-up, or struggle with a sentence, KEEP GOING! When this happens, all you have to do is say "I'm going to re-do that sentence", and then start the last sentence over again and then KEEP GOING.

          ​Do not do multiple takes for the whole things. Our video team is EXCELLENT and we have 2 editors and 2 reviewers (including Joe) who will make sure it sounds seamless on the other end. Seriously, it'll sound professional. 

        • if your audio is 12-minutes long for 3-minutes of content because of repeating sentences, that's 100% OK. Send it in.

        • have fun and be you


        • don't scowl when you read (ya gotta smile!! : ) )

        • don't use a "reading" voice without any passion. The person you're explaining it to actually likes you! You're their friend! And if not, they'll be your friend soon!

        • do not - do not - do not re-record your whole segment. You absolutely, 100%, do not need a whole perfect take. If you trip up, just start that sentence over and then KEEP GOING. Please please please, I beg you.

          This will end up saving you way more time, and the end result will still be great.

        • do not re-record whole segments because you fear you did too many takes. Your time is valuable, I promise we will do just fine on the back-end and make it come out great.

        • don't try to be someone else. you have a role to play in this world and it's the one you define. be you; the world is better for it.



        • Now, let's get some visuals created! This is where much of the magic happens.​
        • For each concepts you talk about in the script, let's create a visual. There's nothing wrong in having many, many visuals. In fact - it's the visual presentation that will appeal to most learners.
        • Here are ways that we can source imagery that we can use to create sketches. Most of us just think that google images is the only option, when in reality there are many many ways that we can get just the right visual as our inspiration:
        • Generally speaking, we want to have at least one visual for every "block" of content. This is usually one visual per paragraph of the script.
        • The #1 best sources of imagery is your personal photos from jobsites, of products, or from your experience. We will bring it to life.
        • Take your source imagery (the inspiration for what the MeyerFire illustrators will create), and submit it below. This will send the image and the tips to our illustrators and get things moving.
        • You'll want to submit each inspiration item separately:
        • As you can see above, we've created many, many different visuals for the University. As of Fall 2023, we already have more than 2,000 different sketches created for the University content. 
        • Submit each different image you would like to see as part of the segment, and then go to the last step below.




        • At this stage, we have:
        • a preliminary set of images from the instructor
        • our own library of images
        • the ability to create more images.
        • We also have a storyboard that has the script incorporated.
        • We need to match imagery with the script.


        [FOR ALL]


        I'd like to give a brief background of what we do and what we're going for. I work in the fire protection industry, specifically as it pertains to design and construction. When a building is built or renovated - we're the people concerned with fire protection and life safety for that building.

        We consider all kinds of things - how people egress, how the fire alarm system is designed and installed, how the fire sprinkler system is designed and installed, whether there are enough exits, and whether they're in the right location. We think about extinguishers and smoke control and all kinds of special hazards that would risk life or property.


        So the makeup of our audience includes Fire Marshals, sprinkler contractors, plan reviewers, Fire Protection Engineers, fire alarm designers, consultants, contractors, and even some architects.


        Essentially - if it is information that we feel the fire protection industry needs a professional to know - that's what we want to teach.


        We also take a very different approach than other "training" providers in the space. Our industry moves extremely slow - and much of the training providers still do things the same way they did 20 years ago. Very boring, engineer-led powerpoint presentations that are screen recorded. To put it bluntly, they're terrible. Really awful to watch, generally not very well prepared, and not a good use of time.

        We're on the opposite end - we do as much work as we can (preparation, writing, video editing, illustration, animation) to make the absolute best use of our users' time.

        If they watch an hour of our content, it is packed wall-to-wall with helpful "meaty" information. We don't waste time, and we bring things to life visually. You can get a sense of what we do on our courses page. It's all scripted, recorded, polished, and edited for a crisp, online, on-demand experience.

        We also supplement that with PDF resources, simulations, exercises, some 'video game' like experiences, and an app (iOS and Android) that supports all of this.

        Despite the company being very small, we have a ton of momentum and we have a solid group of A-Player freelance talent that is the top of the field in their area, just like yourself.


        The way our online learning works is that we have a group of instructors (about 12 right now), who each teach on different areas. We generally write a very loose outline for what we want to cover in a "series," which is a collection of 7-20 different modules. A module could be a video, could be a PDF reference, could be an exercise, a quiz, a crossword, a game - all kinds of applications to really make a learning impact for the user.

        After the loose outline, the instructor will usually work on a script. Sometimes these need minor edits, sometimes more.


        Each Script has a few distinct parts - A Title, an Introduction (what we will cover), the body, the summary (what we covered in important, paraphrased takeaways), and the outtro. You're probably very familiar with this format (tell them what you'll teach, teach, and then tell them what you taught). We've found this to work really well for our users and have tremendous feedback about the style and flow of the videos.

        Naturally, the spoken word is less formal than the written word; that's OK here.

        After we go step by step through the process of presenting by speaking, we then adapt the content in a more formal way for written word (e-books). This happens in later steps in the process.

        Excited to have you on board with our team! We're going to do great things for the industry together.



        We have a script ready for your review. This is a "completed" script that we are now converting into written form as an E-book for our learning platform.

        As you know, written form implies a much higher level of formality and quality, so I'd love for you to apply as much scrutiny as you feel necessary to turn this script into content worthy of a basic online E-book textbook. This is our last opportunity to fix spelling, grammar, clarity, spacing, etc.

        STEP #1: EDIT SCRIPT

        Please make corrections (edits) directly to the script as you see fit, with track changes on. Assume I'm on board with what you feel is the best, or most appropriate, edits. I (Joe) am going to review the finished posting online and look at your changes when I do.

        Essentially to get it into a more polished written form, we probably need to:
        1. Remove intros (ie: this series we're covering...)
        2. Remove outtros (I'm Ben Brooks, this is...)
        3. Remove transitions (next let's talk about...)
        4. Re-write into the third person (unless it's a personal story, then we can highlight as a story)
        5. Remove redundancies, dramatic phrases, or repeated emphasis (ie: I'll say that again - XYZ)

        Also check for: 

        1. Grammar
        2. Spelling
        3. Clarity




        • Please make the edit right into the script. It's more productive to just make the improvement and keep your Track Changes on.

        [FOR JOHN]


        We have completed scripts and have edited the written content to be published as an e-book on the LW website.

        This process is for editing and inserting finished images into the e-book form that has already been drafted. 

        • There is a TEMPLATE activity, then up to a few e-book activities below the TEMPLATE. Select the title of the module you're looking to edit and select Edit ebook.

        • In this e-book activity, there will be placeholders for images that we're looking to add to the e-book.
        • The problem with these images is that they're usually stored as a photoshop file (.psd), and they don't have a MeyerFire logo on them. 
        • Some users may copy out the images, and so we want to get them (1) to be the right size and (2) to have the MeyerFire logo on each one.
        • Here's what the placeholder for an image looks like:
        • STEP #4: SETTINGS
        • There should be an image placeholder with a maximum width of 500 pixels.
        • The image should be center-justified.
        • If the image will have text in the image, then it should be set to "Open in pop-up window" as "Yes" in the properties bar on the right-hand side. 
        • Below the image, there is a text caption that has a label for what image should be there.

        • STEP #5: OPEN THE 0001 IMAGE
        • Open the folder that contains illustrations (anything #0001-#4999): Illustrations Link
        • Open the file titled 0001 - 1200x1200 - v1.psd
        • This is the template for creating a new image file with the MeyerFire Logo in it.
        • Save the Image to the Illustrations folder as the original name but with a new version number. In this example the image we wanted was 903 v5.psd so let's save this as 903 v6.psd

        • STEP #6: LINK IN THE IMAGE
        • Click on File Place Linked... then select the file from the Illustrations folder above.
        • Note: This may work much easier if you have Google Drive installed on your computer, where you can navigate just by moving around in Windows Explorer
        • Select the image you want to link into this file. It can be a .psd or .jpg that you link in.
        • By default, this should drop in the image already resized for our new file. If you need to expand or contract the size to fill the frame, that's OK, just be sure to scale proportionally so that X and Y both scale at the same percentage.

        • STEP #7: CROP THE IMAGE
        • There will probably be extra white space above and below, or to the sides.
        • Move the image to the bottom of the screen, if it's not already.
        • Use the CROP button to crop the image to it's original size, but keep the logo. If you need to move the logo left or right, that's OK. We generally want the logo in the bottom-right corner, but if not, bottom-left is OK too.

        • STEP #8: EXPORT
        • Don't save this file (yet). If you save it, it'll override the 0001 file.
        • Go to File Export Export As
        • Set it to be JPG
        • Set it to be Quality: Highest
        • Set Scale to 100%. This should automatically adjust the height and width
        • Then click Export in the bottom right.
        • Export the Image to the Illustrations folder as the new name as a .jpg file. In this example the image we will have 903 v6.jpg.

        • STEP #9: UPLOAD
        • Now upload this new image to the placeholder on LearnWorlds. We now have the requested image but with a logo onto the platform.
        • Well done!

        • Now do the other images in this e-book.

        • STEP #11: MARK AS FINISHED
        • When done with this series, mark it as "Finished" in the Video Dashboard.
        • Nice job!!