Technology & The Art Of The Podcast

Last week longstanding VoIP blogger and fellow Canuck Alec Saunders penned a nice post on the Calliflower Blog offering a collection of guidance for podcasters called “10 Podcaster Tips!” It’s a good read…not long…you should go read it now…then come back here. I’ll wait.

Over the past few years I’ve listened to a number of Alec’s Squawkbox podcasts, even attended a handful live & in-person. I respect and admire the man.

Taken in the context of the Calliflower conference service Alec’s post provides some sound, well-considered advice. Even so, I find there to be merit recasting it in a broader context and revisiting some of his points.

By “broader context” I mean specifically considering how someone could record a better sounding podcast by bypassing the legacy public switched telephone network (PSTN).

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Conference Call Etiquette

Listening to the recording of last Friday’s Calliflower conference call with Alec Saunders on Skype & SIP peering I must say that I was embarrassed for the host. There’s a tremendous amount of background noise in the call recording from someone on the call that was busy going about their day while monitoring the call.

People. Your phones have a mic mute function. Use it!

Self-mute when you’re not speaking. To not do so is simply rude and unprofessional.

Don’t think that just because you’re not talking all is well. Conference bridges have automatic gain functions that ramp up the volume when you’re not speaking. So even in a quiet office the simple act of typing can be like hammering nails to others on a conference call.

BTW, if you’re phone doesn’t have a mic mute function then use the mute function (usually *6)  on the conference bridge….or….get a better phone.

An Odd Confluence Of Events; VoWifi, Calliflower, Airlines & William Shatner

I spent much of this past week in Los Angeles. I was all set to fly home Friday morning but my last meeting canceled so I got myself on  the last flight out Thursday evening, a 6pm departure.

Except it wasn’t. Thunderstorms in Houston, and bad weather elsewhere in the east, had caused a myriad of delays and cancellations. My 6pm departure was pushed back until almost 9pm. No big deal. No point in making a fuss. It was still better than killing the next day getting home.

Besides, I could use the time to attend a conference call that I’d heard about. Iotum has launched a series of conference calls with interesting people to mark the introduction of their new Calliflower conference service. This past Thursday evening they interviewed William Shatner on the occasion of the release of his autobiography, “Up Till Now.”

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