Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Over the holiday break I didn’t download many podcasts or read a lot of blogs (I was too busy ingesting dark chocolate), but I did take the time to listen to Tod Maffin’s podcast with...
Here’s some excellent (if basic) advice to anyone who is crafting a communications piece, from Chris Brogan, who says you should first ask yourself: Is this a conversation or an announcement? What is the message? (or my initial...
Today my colleague Peter West pointed out an example of someone who apparently isn’t aware that emails can become public. And this person was in the political arena, if you can believe it! Peter says: "Elie Betito, the Liberal...
The other day I was reading a newsletter by a sales and marketing guru in which a contributor told an interesting story. Wanting to buy insurance, he called an agent. When informed the agent wasn’t in, he asked the...

Turn down the volume

According to an article in Information Week, earbud headphones, the type that rest inside the ear, can lead to permanent damage after just an hour of high-volume music in the 110-120 decibel range. Supposedly, podcasts are compounding the...
Or at least a proofreader. A fat envelope in today’s mail contained a sheaf of pages requesting my "immediate" attention. Apparently one of my clients wants me to fill out a "Material Declaration Data Sheet." They seem to...
In my latest podcast, I discuss how Carleton University, Duke University and McMaster University School of Engineering are leading the way with new media. Corporations can easily adopt these same video and podcasting tools to help employees learn and...
I find myself doing interviews by email on occasion, or at least getting the preliminaries out of the way electronically, rather than by phone or in person. Sometimes I use email not because of distance, but because of the...
The term "podcast" has been declared as Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary. According to a BBC article, podcast will be added to the online version of the dictionary during the next update early...
Thanks to the PubSub PR list (and Constantin Basturea), I discovered Sally Falkow’s blog with this excellent post on the #1 mistake bloggers make. Funny enough, this topic came up in a conversation I had with...
On November 27, I wrote about an article in Wired News citing the apparent dearth of female podcasters. My friend Judy Gombita quickly commented, mentioning Amy Gahran’s list of Women in Podcasting, and asking why I...
I had a lot of fun producing my Trafcom News 12 show about podcasting for learning, when I interviewed Kathleen Gilroy of the Otter Group. This week, in show #13, the conversation continues in a second podcast, when...
In my podcast last week I interviewed Kathleen Gilroy of the Otter Group, who spoke about her company’s experiences using podcasts for learning. One of the topics we discussed was the searchability of podcasts....
National Public Radio, the U.S. public broadcaster, has become a leading podcaster just two months after dipping its toes into the MP3 waters to meet requests from listeners, and they’ve been swimming along ever since....
I’ve been thinking about style this week because I’m working on copy for a European audience, written in U.K. English. Sometimes I feel I should be munching on fish and chips as I write such words as analyse and...
Here’s an interesting turn of events. Podcasting, which in its short history has sometimes been viewed derisively by radio, is now being embraced. But radio stations are using well-known personalities for their podcast shows, according to Mediaweek. Hat tip...
For my latest podcast, I interviewed Kathleen Gilroy at the Otter Group, where they're using podcasting for some very exciting learning projects. If you're involved in learning or training you'll want to hear this interview. To download...
Despite what non-writers think, writers very rarely produce great copy on the first try. (Yes, we’ve all heard of novelists who scribble out bestsellers on a yellow legal pad with an old stubby pencil. I wonder how long it...

Fear of flying

I wonder what a psychologist would say. You see, I consider flying a necessary evil that transports me from Point A to Point B. Being trapped in a metal tube hurtling through the air at 600 mph is not...

Ask Oxford

While doing research for a client newsletter, I came across Ask Oxford, a handy site that contains a wealth of resources for writers, including tips on grammar, spelling and plain English.