Third Step: Don’t make a script
If you recite a script of your visit, it will turn out bland and boring just as so many audio-guides there already are. For your guide to be successful, it is important that it be fresh and natural so that when we hear it, it gives the sensation that our friend is talking to us on the phone.
What we do have to decide are the stops of our visit. That’s to say, the works about which you are going to talk (or the rooms, spaces, etc.). Make a list of the works that you have chosen and although you won’t make a script, it could be a good idea to note something about each piece to help remind you what you want to say. The more schematic, the better, only put down key words. This is very important; tell the things naturally, as you know best. Don’t put on an audio-guide voice!
How long should my audio-guide be?
The number of works that you include in your guide is up to you. A good quantity is usually between 10 and 15 but we leave it in your hands. What is important is that you do not go on too long about each work. Keep in mind that it is not the same having you there as listening to you on the phone. It is hard to keep the attention of people for a long, continuous period of time. Although we know it is difficult, try to keep the explanations of each work in the environment to 1 minute.
Where do you feel most comfortable talking about what you know? Choose a museum, a monastery, ruins…. Anywhere fits.