This course is aimed at anyone who needs to acquire commentating skills – from preparation to delivery – of ceremonial events and outside broadcast, sports commentary, and events commentary; also, established commentators who need to refresh their knowledge & skills; documentary producers who do narration; producers who do some commentary; and radio, TV and online podcast producers who do some commentary.

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Created by Aro Leonard Last updated Tue, 14-Jan-2020 English
What will i learn?
  • Have a better understanding of the real objectives of ceremonials and sports commentaries
  • Be able to prepare for commentary more effectively with the tools to develop their own system of notes
  • Be able to create their own commentary style and feel more confident in delivering effective storytelling commentary

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Theory and practical sessions … participants will end up producing and packaging a ceremonial (such as a school’s convocation) or off tube commentary of a sporting event (such as a football match), which shows a greater understanding of their craft and improvement of their commentary skills.

What will you learn? Participants will learn:

 - Ceremonials vs. Sports commentary

 - Historical developments of this field

 - Worldwide commentary styles

  • Types of outside broadcast
  • Adapting/developing unique in-house style

 - Objective(s) of commentary – enhancing viewer experience

 - Planning and preparation

  • Research of event and subjects/people
  • Back-grounding & statistics
  • Preparation of commentary notes
  • Catchy openers

 - Tools for ceremonials & commentary

 - Language and reporting styles

 - OB depth 

  • Creating atmosphere and context
  • Feeding anticipation
  • Voice modulation – creating an ebb and flow
  • When to speak and when not to speak!
  • Communication with the studio/director

 - OB intelligence

 - Pricing matrix & budgeting 

 - Fieldwork Exercise

  • Individual commentary exercise (off tube) and personal review of participant by facilitator
  • Group exercise 


(1): Short Course - 2 Days

(2): Long Course:

a. Basic - 4 Weeks (including 1 week of internship)   

b. Intermediate  - 4 Weeks (including 1 week of internship)   

c. Advanced - 4 Weeks (including 1 week of internship)

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Aro Leonard is a development communications and broadcast expert. He was Head of External Relations at BBC Media Action Nigeria, managing a team to maintain the organisation’s unique selling point. With one of the richest media contact base and goodwill in Nigeria, he could be your "to-go person" for development media and media relations.

As part of the office’s leadership team, Aro played key roles in all business development - proposal, design, implementation and review processes adding value for money strategies, leading to higher success rate. As Head of Media Development (2009-2011), Aro was responsible for designing and delivering all capacity building activities and acted as Project Lead where he interfaced with donors and development partners on Governance, Health and Resilience projects.

From 2005-2008, He produced the award-winning youth reproductive health magazine show “Flava” and the largest HIV Spots campaign in Africa. He also produced environment and climate change output and was Music Producer on the epic HIV focused TV series “Wetin Dey?”

Aro previously worked as a producer with Aso Radio and Internews Network (USAID funded INGO) where he designed and produced Just Jisting - a ground breaking youth talk show that opened up the air space to engaging discussions on reproductive health issues. In 1999 Aro founded Kleverest Scenta - Nigeria’s foremost media volunteer scheme which has produced achievers in various fields. He founded the ‘Kleverest Scenta’ pages which over the years has been a source of development information and career guidance. He is an Environmental and Resources Planner, a music composer, and a sound reinforcement instructor. 

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