Voice Over Script Review Checklist

I’ve written several posts with tips on how to write voice over scripts. This review checklist summarizes all of the tips from the previous three posts into a single Word document you can download and use yourself.

Voice Over Checklist

Voice Over Script Review Checklist

Feel free to edit this document to match the requirements of your specific organization as long as you retain attribution to me with a link. If you improve this document, I’d love to hear about it.

Here is the complete list from the checklist:

  • The script has been read aloud
  • Script flows well; no awkward or clunky sentences
  • No grammar errors
  • Conversational tone
  • First and/or second person (I, we, you) are used
  • Contractions are used if style allows
  • No overly complicated sentences; variety of sentence length with shorter sentences
  • Pronunciation guides included for jargon, abbreviations, acronyms, and numbers
  • Emphasis in sentences marked as needed
  • Punctuate to mark pauses
  • Readable spacing, font, and font size (at least 12-14 pts)
  • Screen names clearly labeled
  • Numbers are written out as you want them said
  • Lists are written in conversational sentences (first choice) or punctuated for clarity and ease of reading aloud (second choice)
  • Serial comma used for all lists
  • Latin abbreviations are written out or noted: e.g. (“for example”), i.e. (“that is”), and etc. (“et cetera” or “and so on”)

For further explanation of the above points, review the previous posts in the series:

  1. Writing Style Tips for Voice Over Scripts
  2. Formatting Tips for Voice Over Scripts
  3. Voice Over Script Pitfalls

I want to give Jill Goldman of Goldivox one more shout out for being so helpful in putting these posts together.

12 thoughts on “Voice Over Script Review Checklist

  1. Thank YOU, Christy, for asking for my input as a voice-over talent who narrates eLearning courses every day! You did a great job synthesizing all of our ideas, and then organizing and presenting them. I loved reading the series, and hope that the information is helpful to many other Instructional Designers. 🙂

  2. Nice list of things to consider. I have one small addition to #1 “…read aloud by different people playing the parts (if more than one part).” I’ve run into instances when it was read aloud but with only one person playing both parts, only to figure out the wrong person was saying the part. It’s easy to get script writing messed up when there’s more than one part to it.

  3. Good basics to cover every time. And especially if you are moving to hire a professional voiceover talent to record for you. These steps will ultimately make a better performance and if the design is also appropriate (which we all expect) a more effective learning experience.

  4. Hi Christy,

    Nicely put!

    One thing that a voice over talent and a script writer often needs is to know the duration of a script when it’s read.

    We just published a free web app to calculate the duration of a voice over script.

    This app can be used to estimate the duration of a narration, ebook, speech, or anything else. This the link to the tool: http://wordstimer.com/

    Other than measuring, it also allows you to collaborate by sharing a link and comments. It’s like Google Docs, but it allows you to measure how long the script would take when it’s voiced.

    I appreciate if you could update your blog post and add this information so it could be useful to others.

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