• Jesse Gershuny, Blend

How to Storyboard a Video for YouTube!

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Everyone has special talents and knowledge about unique topics. Maybe you play a game really well, or can dance the floss like a pro. YouTube is a great platform for featuring your skills, and helping your viewers learn something new.

Before you pick up an iPhone to record or register a YouTube channel, we need to take a step back and plan things out.


Why? Because we need to understand "what" and "why" of the video, the steps required to complete the task, and provide a takeaway or recommendation for learners that are just getting started.


If you didn't plan and just hit record on your iPhone, would you remember to include all of that? Probably not.




So how do we get started?

First, let’s grab some paper or notecards, and if it's handy, a poster board. We’ll also need a pencil, pen, and why not add some color and creativity with markers, colored pencils or crayons?!

Now, I will explain what we want to capture on our storyboard in words or drawings. It is completely up to you! Don't worry about perfection, either.


First Step: Introduce yourself

Think about how you want to introduce yourself, and make the connection between what you are teaching and your interests and experience. For example, I am passionate about education and technology, which is why I want to create a video about teaching. You can also share a fun fact about yourself, your pets, or your favorite activities.


Second Step: Purpose

Why do you want to create your video? How will it help others? The purpose for my video is ‘Help Learners Storyboard’ with a doodle of an instructor helping learners that are using tablets or phones.

Third Step: Describe the skill or lesson step by step


If you were baking a cake, and forgot to add the flour or the eggs, you would not be pleased with the outcome. The same is true for teaching others on YouTube. If you skip a step, people may get confused or frustrated.


That’s not your goal, so we can avoid that by storyboarding the steps!




Pro tip: Use notecards or pieces of paper for the steps. This way you can rearrange them, or add a step if you forget.

Pro tip: If the step seems a little complicated, share an example. When I made the point about not forgetting a step, I described baking a cake without eggs or flour. How would you explain something complicated to your viewers?

Last Step: Takeaways:


To end your storyboard, you will want to:


o Summarize what you taught

o Provide any additional resources or next steps

o Thank your viewers for watching. Gratitude is very important in the social media world and IRL.




Let me know if you have any questions in the comments, and can't wait to see some cool storyboards!


Share them in the Blend Facebook Group, and tag them #blendlearning.


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