You wanna put stuff here? Well, to start with, who are you?

The Who - Who Are You AlbumOver the past few weeks I’ve received another few offers from PR folks. They periodically seek to place content for their clients on this site. They see what’s here, find some similarity to their clients product or service, and make some nondescript offer of collaboration.

While I remain open to offers of collaboration, even sponsorship, to date I’ve rejected every such advance. This is largely because the approaches have been poorly conceived.

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Good Advice On Video Conference Etiquette

This short video from Avaya offers some cute and very good advice on participating in video conference calls.

As you may well know, I’ve been thinking a lot about the lighting in my home office. That it should be one of their points seems very appropriate. Also, the importance of  using the mute button simply cannot be overstated.

Eating Our Own Dog Food Revisited

tn_old_telephoneOk, this is going to be a rant. Consider yourselves warned. And worse than that, it’s more or less a repeat of a rant from not long ago. The theme is essentially “Eating Our Own Dog Food” and it harkens back to thoughts of the Emperors New Clothes, or perhaps the state of the mechanics own car.

To what I am I referring? Well, in this case it’s the Squawk Box podcast from Feb 29. The topic was, netbooks vs smart phones and was extremely interesting. However the call, and resulting podcast, was also profoundly aggravating.

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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.