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VOHeroes 101

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  1. A VOHeroes Welcome
    1. Quick check...are you sure you're in the right course?
  2. The VOHeroes Mission and Ethos
    2. Why become a client's VO...hero?
  3. 2.1 The history of VOHeroes.com
  4. 2.2 The VOHeroes definition of success
  5. Strategy and Tactics
    3. Strategy: the four keys
  6. 4 Tactics: The VOHeroes Pro Toolkit
  7. 4.1 VOHeroes Courses: instruction and theory
  8. 4.2 VOHeroes Workouts: monthly real-world practice
  9. 4.3 VOHeroes Coaches: mentorship and guidance
  10. 4.4 The VOHeroes coaching philosophy
  11. 4.5 VOHeroes ProConnect LIVE: business building and accountability
  12. 4.6 VOHeroes ProConnect: discussion and mutual support
  13. 4.7 VOHeroes Labs: reference videos
  14. 4.8 VOHeroes Articles: podcasts, blog posts and more
  15. Courses
    5. VOHeroes Courses
  16. 5.1 The VOHeroes Pro Core Curriculum
  17. 5.2 All courses (and your courses)
  18. 5.3 How to take VOHeroes courses
  19. 5.4 How to navigate any VOHeroes course
  20. 5.5 Sections, lessons and topics
  21. 5.6 Accessing course materials
  22. 5.7 Tracking your course progress
  23. 5.8 Taking and passing quizzes
    1 Quiz
  24. 5.9 Earning certificates
  25. 5.10 The VOHeroes leaderboard
  26. 5.11 Extension and bonus courses
  27. Workouts
    6. Your two types of VOHeroes Workouts
  28. 6.1 The monthly VOHeroes Workouts: practice your voice over skills
  29. 6.2 How to find and register for a Workout
  30. 6.3 How to set your Zoom and Audacity preferences for all Workouts
  31. 6.4 How to get the most out of Workouts
  32. 6.5 Want more than one workout in a month? The Additional Workout
  33. 6.6 How to register for ProConnect LIVE
  34. 6.7 How to participate in ProConnect LIVE
  35. 6.8 How to listen to the Workout and ProConnect LIVE recordings
  36. The VOHeroes Site
    7. A visual tour of VOHeroes.com
  37. 7.1 The Toolbar menu bar
  38. 7.2 Your Account Menu on the Toolbar
  39. 7.3 Adding and updating your profile and cover photo
  40. 7.4 Setting your VOHeroes nickname
  41. 7.5 How to manage your email address and password
  42. 7.6 The Sidebar menu bar
  43. Getting Support
    8. How to search VOHeroes.com site content
  44. 9. How to communicate: Pro Connect, Messaging and Notifications
  45. 9.1 How to use the ProConnect discussion group
  46. 9.2 How to follow ProConnect discussions
  47. 9.3 How to use Messages
  48. 9.4 How Notifications work
  49. 10. How to get help and support
  50. 10.1 How to whitelist VOHeroes email addresses
  51. 10.2 How to get help with your VOHeroes account
  52. 10.3 How to get help with voice over-related issues
  53. 10.4 How to filter VOHeroes email notifications into folders
  54. 10.5 How to be a world-class complainer
  55. The VOHeroes Pro Membership
    11. Managing your VOHeroes Pro membership
  56. 11.1 Joining the VOHeroes Pro membership
  57. 11.2 What’s included in the Pro membership
  58. 11.3 Graduating and becoming a VOHeroes Pro Emeritus
  59. 11.4 Purchasing individual VOHeroes courses
  60. Other VOHeroes Services: producing demos, private coaching and more
    12. How to get your demos produced by VOHeroes
  61. 12.1 The VOHeroes demo production process
  62. 12.2 Listen to demos of our demos
  63. 12.3 How VOHeroes demos are priced
  64. 12.4 How to know if you are ready to produce a specific demo
  65. 13. How to get private one-on-one VOHeroes coaching
  66. 14. The VOHeroes Affiliate Partner program
  67. 15. Get your certificate and get going
Lesson 37 of 67
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7.1 The Toolbar menu bar

Now that you’ve watched the lesson video that takes you on a tour of the site, let’s go a bit deeper into the two main resource areas. This topic covers the top navigation bar.

(QUICK NOTE: on smaller mobile devices, like your smartphone, this menu will not be seen, but the options for both this menu and the sidebar are accessible in one three-bar menu at the top left of every screen, just to save space.)

The top menu bar, called the Toolbar navigation bar and pictured above, contains most of the administrative controls you’ll need to effectively use the site. Here’s a rundown of the desktop view of that bar, from left to right:

The VOHeroes Logo

Like most websites, our site logo is linked to the front page of our site. Just click it if you want to go to that main page.

Toolkit

Just to the right of our logo is the Toolkit menu item. When you click on that, you’ll see a number of sub-menu items, including:

  • Getting Started in Voice Over, our “basics” course you may have taken yourself, and is open to anyone.
  • My Gear, a list of my latest recommendations for the tech you need to outfit your studio. I list everything from VO-specific gear to the accessories and software I use every day.
  • Articles, which includes podcast episodes and the archives of all of our hundreds of information-packed articles and videos.
  • Geekspeak®, the dictionary of VO-specific words and phrases.
  • Coaching, a sub-menu I describe below, with information on our coaches and their services.
  • Demos, a page that describes how we produce demos, their cost and our recommendations for preparation.
  • Become a VOHeroes Pro, a direct link to a page where people can join our Pro community (when open)

Coaching

One of the items on the Toolkit menu is our Coaching menu. That’s a drop down menu that takes you to the information pages for each of our coaches, and, at the very bottom of that menu, the link where you can arrange for private coaching with any one of them.



Kudos for VOHeroes

Clicking on the Kudos for VOHeroes link sends you to a page filled with video and text comments from current and former VOHeroes Pros and demo clients, saying very nice things about what we do for VO talent.

Go Pro

The Go Pro link will take visitors to the page that gives them all the details they need to join our Pro membership.

Site Feedback

To help us keep our site in tip-top shape, the Site Feedback link leads you to an open discussion group where you, whether you are a Pro member or not, can let us know if you see anything that needs fixing (or, anything you particularly like) on our site. If something isn’t working, or if you see a typo, we want to know about it. Click on that link, and let us know.

Your Account menu

Your Account menu, shown closed here, is worth a deeper look…

…so we’ll do that in the next lesson.

Search

The Search function is represented by the little magnifying glass to the right of your profile photo and Your Account menu:

And when you click on that, all of the items on the top menu temporarily disappear, leaving you a text bar in which to type in your search request:

Once you see that, just start typing, and you’ll get a full list of results, including articles, discussion posts and more. We’ll go into further details on Search in another lesson here in the VOHeroes 101 course.

Messages

To the right of the magnifying glass icon is the Messages “inbox” icon:

Clicking on the Messages inbox shows you a preview of the most recent messages you’ve received:

And the View Inbox link at the bottom of that preview menu takes you to a page that shows you all of your messages, whether read or unread, and allows you to respond to them, and this item is also repeated as a choice on your Accounts menu.

Notifications

The last item on the top menu, to the right of the inbox icon, is the Notifications icon, which looks like a bell:

Clicking on the Notifications bell shows you a preview of the most recent messages you’ve received (or none if you don’t have any):

You can then click on View Notifications, which will take you to the same page the Notifications menu item on your Account menu does.

OK…let’s take a deeper dive into the Your Account menu. That’s up next.

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