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Is it possible to edit sound on paper? Does a quiet environment boost productivity? How did my unofficial IABC podcasts come to be? I answer these burning questions and more in the Trafcom News Podcast Show #22 ...
Have you ever come across a weird title for someone in charge of communications? How about Manager of Innuendo? That’s one of the examples cited by author Sarah McAdams in this article in the Journal of Employee Communication...
On January 31, I blogged happily about my purchase of a Shure SM58 microphone, which I planned to use for remote interviews with my Edirol R-1 digital recorder. I had every confidence that this combination of equipment would...
In an interview last week in Toronto, broadcaster, podcaster and futurist Tod Maffin compared 21st-century communications to a swarm of bees. You can hear Tod's comments in this six-minute podcast, which is a sneak peek at the upcoming IABC...
I’ve always agreed with the advice to go easy on the adverbs. Somewhere in my files is a quote attributed to Mark Twain: “If you catch an adverb, kill it.” Hat tip to Eric Eggertson, who...
When I heard Dave Howlett speak in January, I just knew I had to grab him for a podcast. If you ever make presentations, give speeches or need to persuade people (don't we all?), you'll want to listen...
In this 13-minute podcast, you’ll hear how email and emotion can be a risky combination. Plus, we welcome the debut of PodcastUser magazine and Ron Shewchuk’s employee-communications blog, and talk about the phenomenon of podfading. Last but not least,...
Have you ever slipped into hot water because of an email? Have you misinterpreted a sender’s message and become offended over nothing? According to research at the University of Chicago, the inability to step outside of one's...
In this 11-minute podcast, I discuss how the basics of podcasting can be compared to the stuff we learn when we're five years old. Plus, a look at a real-life podcast for a non-profit organization (GROW). Hop on...
Working from my home office, I run the risk of answering either my home line or my business phone and hearing that oh-so-familiar telemarketer banter: "Hi, Mrs. Papa – Um, Papas – Um Paspacotta , how are you today?"...

Microphones 101

When I record my Trafcom News podcast, I use an Apex condenser microphone with a pre-amp attached to my Mac. For remote recording, I rely on my Edirol R-1, which has a built-in stereo mic. Even though...
I like this interview by Dave Taylor, who talked to J.D. Iles of the Lincoln Sign Company in New Hampshire. Here’s a real example of how a small business can benefit from blogging – in this case...
Sure, podcasting did not exist when I wielded crayons in kindergarten at P.S. 166 in Queens, New York. But allow me my metaphor, OK? ;-) Don’t grab all the toys at once If you’re just beginning to podcast, you don’t need...
Are you involved in corporate communications or marketing? Then listen to my latest podcast, which covers writing for podcasts, podcasting for the non-profit sector, why people don't read, and the lost art of the thank-you. Hop over to...
From Paul Colligan. Hey, he’s right.
Now this is citizen journalism at its best! What a great feature in Jay Rosen’s PressThink about the "Walter Winchell of Montclair, New Jersey," Debra Galant of The Baristanet of Bloomfield Avenue. Galant writes a...
The other day, I downloaded the latest wonderful podcast from Lee Hopkins, in which Lee makes some excellent points about why our spoken message doesn’t always get through to our audience at work. As I listened to...
Last night I heard a dynamic and entertaining speaker, Dave Howlett, VP of Corporate Development – Life Sciences at The Magnes Group, Inc., in Oakville, Ontario. At a meeting of the Halton Peel Communications Association, Dave talked about...
What’s your favourite TV fix? Desperate Housewives? House? The Sopranos? I’ll bet you know the names of the main actors of the shows you watch, but what about the writers -- the people who put the precious words...
In my last few podcasts I have discussed the use of social media in the academic world. In what is probably the last visit to this topic (for now!), I have interviewed Dan Karleen of Thomson Peterson's. Dan and I...