The more you prepare prior to recording, the less time you’ll spend in recording and editing. By using scripts (words) and storyboards (pictures), you can map out the structure of the presentation and ensure that all objectives are addressed.
Be careful not to read the script verbatim as this will lose the personalization aspects as proposed by Mayer. You want to keep a conversational tone. We therefore recommend a loose script to include all objectives but maintain the spontaneity of conversation. You can also include the script as a supplemental resource.
Other methods to map your message using words are to use outlines and mind maps.
Outlines provide a structure to the information. There are many great outlining tools available, including word processors like Word and Google Docs. Specialized software (Omni Outliner, Cloud Outliner) give you tools to play with the outline further, such as collapsing topics (to hide detail until you’re ready to see it).
Mind maps connect words using a branching tree diagram. This allows connections to be made non-linearly. It also has a 2D representation which mimics the “whiteboard” upon which you’ll be drawing later. Two favorite iPad mind map programs of one author are Mind Node Pro and iThoughts HD. There are many other options including some free online (for example, bubbl.us and mindmeister).
Alternatively, you can create a storyboard to map out the flow of the video. The pen and paper can be good practice for drawing and organizing your thoughts.