What's your title?

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Hi all, this isn't a Camtasia question per se - but I hope it's ok to ask. I've been making eLearning and demo videos for years now under a "trainer" title. They've recently asked me to come up with a better title for my work.  I'm thinking "Training Media Specialist" - but I'm supposed to come up with a few more to choose from.  I was wondering if any of you would like to share your title - or if you have any good ideas for someone who makes training videos (not necessarily eLearning) but also for marketing purposes, etc.  Thanks!
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mike massaro

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Matt Pierce, Employee

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Hi Mike - titles are always tough. A couple of thoughts I have that I hope are helpful. 

1) The folks at TechSmith who make training videos for our customers are typically Instructional Designers, but in the past, we've had an Instructional Specialist before (whose main function was the creation of tutorial videos). 
2) My role is customer-focused, and I end up making videos along with a variety of other materials, but I stayed away from the training title - my title is Learning & Video Ambassador.
3) If you want to avoid training - the individuals at TechSmith who make our marketing videos have Video Production Specialist. 

You might Google or check job descriptions on LinkedIn (or other sites) that have the title Training Media Specialist to see if those descriptions match close to what you'll be doing. You may want to look for Customer Education titles as well - maybe something Like Customer Education Specialist, Learning Experience Designer, or something similar. 

Maybe some other folks will be able to chime in as well. But these are few initial thoughts at least. 

Cheers!
Matt Pierce
Learning & Video Ambassador
TechSmith Corporation 
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I honestly feel this applies regardless of titles, so I'll share something fun.

When I was in the corporate world, I worked in a cubicle. I visited a party supply store and purchased several hats. Construction Worker, Top hat, Fireman's hat, Cowboy hat, etc. I placed all the hats across the top of my cubicle storage units.

The hats were fun reminders of the different aspects of my job. One moment you are building things. So you have the Construction worker hat on. The next, you are politely conversing with another department with a difficult SME that is reluctant to share her knowledge. So you need the Politician's hat. Sometimes it seems all you are doing is stomping out fires. There's where the Fireman's hat comes in. Then the Cowboy hat for when your job feels like herding cats!

Also, don't forget your most important component of all. Your magick wand! That's for when folks walk up with a task that will normally take a week and ask if you can have it done by end of day! You grab your wand and say sure! Just let me wave this magick wand around.

For the actual title, I prefer: Media Wizard or Media Alchemist. 

Happy Wednesday, all! Rick :)
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For several years I volunteered at a church I was attending and in my role there, I referred to myself as a "Media Jockey".


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Hahaha that sounds similar to my informal "Media Puppet" title I sometimes go by. 
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mike massaro

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Thanks everyone! We have "Instructional Designers" on the team - but they focus more on captivate-style elearning modules. When someone needs something a little more 'fancy' that's when I get the call. I do some motion graphics in After Effects but wouldn't classify myself as a 'motion graphics developer' because I'm not THAT good. I do the narration for the voice overs and I'm more a 'creative idea' guy...maybe I should just go with that. ;)  

I sent this list to my boss so she can take them to HR:

  • Training Media Specialist
  • Training Media Designer 
  • Instructional Media Designer
  • Multi-media Specialist
  • Multi-media Content Creator
  • Director of Radness
The last one may be a longshot.

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