When recording messages for Connect Ed, keep the following tips in mind:
- Before you record your message, write it down. Practice reading it, then share it with another person to make sure to key message is clear.
- Identify yourself at the beginning of the message. Some people may not immediately connect with who you are. Be sure to include your title and school name, too.
- Keep it short. Most experts agree that about 30 seconds is long enough. Only go longer for a “high-stakes” message, such as one about an emergency, when you may be providing only access families have to the information
- Take several deep breaths before recording an emergency message. A calm voice really makes a difference.
(NSPRA) National School Public Relations Association – February 2013 – Principal Communicator – From NSPRA resource files.