Frequently Asked Questions
A. The best type of microphone to use, and the most affordable, is a USB headset mic that plugs into the USB port on your computer device. The better your microphone quality, the better the sound quality of your audio recording. You can also use your computer's built-in mic, but the more distance between your microphone and your voice, the more ambient sounds you will pick up, lowering the quality of your recording.
Q. Do I need to buy anything extra to get good results from these courses?
A. No, everything you need is included in this course or can be downloaded for free.
Q. How will my grandchildren hear my story if we live on opposite sides of the country?
A. The audio storytelling courses have a whole lesson devoted to getting your story to your grandchildren, family, friends and loved ones. You will be shown how to deliver your audio memoir digitally to as many people as you like as often as you like.
Q. I haven't written a story since I was in school. What if I don't remember how?
A. You have nothing to worry about. The first 2 lessons in the course walk you though the steps of writing a great story. Each step is broken down into bite-size pieces, and I have added lots of practical examples. I've also included worksheets so you can build your story as you go, one step at a time.
Q. What if I get half way through this program and I get stuck on something? How can I get help?
A. I know how important it is for you to create great stories and have fun doing it. I want you to succeed as much as you do? I plan on being there with you every step of the way.
Q. How is this course delivered to me? Is it sent to me by email all at once, or one lesson at at time? Do I have to download the course?
A. The course is not sent to you via email and you do not have to download the contents. It is set up online so you can access all of it immediately 24/7 with your personal login. You have the option to download each lesson, but you don't have to. You can take the whole course online. The course includes an automatic progress report that keeps track of everything for you. For example, if you get through lesson one and part of lesson two, you will know exactly where to start the next time you login.
Q. Can I listen to audio memoirs other participants have created through this course?
A. Yes you can! CLICK THIS LINK and it will take you to a page where you can listen to as many stories as you like. I am continually adding new ones when participants send them to me.
Q. Where can I get more help learning about the components of Audacity that are not taught in this e-course?
There are many free tutorials and YouTube videos online that can help you learn to use Audacity in-depth. A good way to get started is with the Audacity Manual
Q. How do I get my 30 minute free phone/Skype coaching session?
A. When you are ready, all you need to do is send me an email to set up your complimentary session.
Q. How do I get my story on your website with the other e-course participants' finished stories
A. At the end of the course there is a request form you can fill out and send back to me. Then all you have to do is send me your audio story file and I will upload it to my website. It's that simple.
Can I save my audio stories onto a memory stick?
A. Yes, you can save your audio story files onto a memory stick. That is a great way to snail mail your story file to your grandchildren or family. Or, when you are visiting in person, you can transfer it onto their computer or digital device for them. You can also save your stories onto an external hard drive to save for yourself or transfer when visiting in person.
Q. Do the wave tracks for voice and sound look different? How do I know which is a voice track and which is the music or sound effect track?
A. Yes, they can look different to the trained eye. To make it easy to identify, name your tracks accordingly
To name your tracks:
Q. What is an MP3?
A. Audio files use a huge amount of data. This data takes up a lot of storage space. An MP3 is a sound file that has been compressed to reduce storage space yet still keep its original quality.
Q. If I'm ready to take an e-course now, what do I do next?
A. Simply click on the Enroll Now button on the Course description page and it will take you though the enrollment process then give you immediate access to your e-course.