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Rapid Media Development for Trainers

Creating Videos, Podcasts, and Presentations on a Budget

By  Jonathan Halls

Create stunning digital media quickly and affordably.

Shaky camerawork and scratchy audio just won’t cut it with your learners. But can your time- and budget-constrained training department produce the polished media they expect? Absolutely. 

In Rapid Media Development for Trainers, veteran trainer and author Jonathan Halls uses his experience running the BBC’s prestigious production training department to help even the smallest learning team dazzle. Whether you need to build a training program, blend your offerings, or flip your classroom, this book will help you make learning dynamic with rapid media techniques.

Free of overly technical jargon, Rapid Media Development for Trainers is for novice and expert learning professionals alike. It explains essential learning and media concepts and adapts standard production practices to your work schedule. You won’t need to max out your budget on expensive equipment, or stress over camera models and editing software. Use simple tools—some that you already have—to create video, audio, and online content while avoiding common missteps.

Turn once uninspiring training programs into riveting learning experiences that incorporate compelling video, crisp podcasts, and eye-catching presentations.


  • why planning media production always beats out winging it 
  • which cost-effective tools can deliver high-quality digital media 
  • what visual, auditory, and graphical concepts are indispensable during creation 
  • how you can pull all your media together and edit it for a complete learning experience. 

Boost your production and content quality with this ultimate guide to fast and affordable media development.

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Jonathan Halls
Jonathan Halls is an author, trainer, and coach. He wrote Rapid Video Development for Trainers
(ATD Press, 2012) and was a contributing author to Speak More (River Grove Books, 2012) and the ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training & Development, 2nd Edition (ATD Press, 2014). He is author of the ATD Infoline, “Memory & Cognition in Learning” (ATD Press, 2014) and has written numerous articles for TD magazine. Jonathan is an ATD BEST Awards reviewer and has sat on the advisory committees for the ATD International Conference & Exposition and TechKnowledge.

The former BBC learning executive now runs workshops in media, communication, leadership, and creativity. He is on faculty at George Washington University and facilitates ATD’s Master Trainer Program and ATD’s Rapid Video for Learning Professionals Certificate program. Jonathan has been training, speaking, and coaching for 25 years in more than 20 countries. He describes his work as “at the intersection of media, communication, learning, leadership, and innovation.”

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562865856

Pages: 208

Pub Date: December 2016

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111620

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