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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
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7.6 The Sidebar menu bar

Along the left hand edge of any page on the VOHeroes site, you’ll see our Sidebar menu bar.

Here’s two views of the Sidebar, which contains the learning resources of the site: the courses, the discussion groups, the workouts, the labs and so on. The view on the left shows the Sidebar closed (showing nothing but icons) and the image on the right shows the Sidebar open, adding descriptive labels to the icons:

Let’s take a look at what each of the Sidebar items has waiting for you when you click or tap on them.

The Sidebar icon

You can switch back and forth between open and closed Sidebar views by clicking on the Sidebar icon at the very top of the stack. You might want to do this to give yourself more room for composing messages or viewing courses.

(QUICK NOTE: on smaller mobile devices, like your smartphone, this Sidebar icon will also contain all of the items in the top navigation menu as well, just to save space.)

Courses

The next icon down is the Courses icon. Clicking this item will take you to a list of the courses available to you, divided into courses you’re enrolled in, and courses you have yet to enroll in. You als can see what your progress is like in those courses.

Workouts

The next item down is the Workouts link. Clicking on this link takes you to the scheduling system for the monthly on-mic workouts and the ProConnect Live monthly business training session.

You can choose from any of the available workouts, with the coach of your choice, and with a couple of clicks, you’ll be registered for the event you want.

You’ll also be able to access the recordings of every workout and ProConnect Live session going back several years. It’s a great way to deepen your understanding of the industry and your practice within it.

ProConnect

Next item is the ProConnect link. Clicking this will take you to our on-site private discussion group, open only to VOHeroes Pro members. Here, you can discuss strategies and tactics, ask questions about anything having to do with VO, get suggestions from your fellow Pros and coaches and discuss your challenges and successes with the VOHeroes community.

ProConnect is a safe place to be able to get the answers you’re looking for, and to explore options when it comes to your voice over practice.

The VOHeroes Labs

Next one down is the Labs, and clicking on this link will take you to a collection of videos culled from the courses in the curriculum and other sources, that give you a single topic video demonstration of a skill or process.

Can’t remember how to normalize? You’d like to know how to change your profile picture on ACX? Having trouble remembering the process to create a pronunciation guide for your rights holder? Use the Search icon/bar to look for what you need, and you’ll likely find it in the dozens and dozens of videos in this collection

The Leaderboard

The Leaderboard is where you’ll track your progress, and enjoy friendly competition on the way. For everything you do here on the site, you get points. The more points you get, the higher you are on the leaderboard.

Examples of things you get points for:

  • Logging in to the site
  • Leaving a comment
  • Completing a course
  • Passing a quiz
  • …and more

It’s all for fun and to push you just a little bit to have that bias for action.

You’ll also watch your progression through the ranks to get to Pro Emeritus at the end of your first year with us.

Relax

Working in VO can be very exciting, but it can also be stressful. I set up the Relax page to allow you to “take a break,” and de-stress to some calming and soothing sounds I’ve collected from around the world.

Work as hard as you like – for a set period. Then, when you need a break, leave your earbuds in and visit the Relax page for a few minutes (or as long as you like). The sounds of nature await you.

Geekspeak®

Like any line of work, voice over has its own unique terminology. Clicking on this icon will take you to a page that defines the specialty words and phrases we use.

This list is constantly being updated (with your help – use the link on the page to send me a note if you encounter a word or phrase you don’t understand, and I’ll add it to the list).

And yes, it’s a registered trademark.


Wow. I know that’s a lot, but now you know all the parts of the VOHeroes site. So let’s now look at how to communicate with your fellow Pro members and your coaching team on the site to help achieve your goal of building a successful, satisfying and profitable VO practice.

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