Resource: Podcasting with Zencastr and Descript

Here are two useful looking (review pending) podcasting tools worth checking out: Zencastr for recording phone interviews Zencastr works like a replacement for Skype or Whatsapp (or hangouts or facetime) when you want to get a high quality recording of the conversation. You and your victim install it, make a connection within the app, press record and have your call.…

Ben Horowitz on leadership and management

Can you think about systems? Can you think about how broad-scale systems interactions occur and what the implications are? … In order to make that system work you have to be able to see the company through the eyes of the people who are doing the work, which are usually the people who are not in the room when you’re…

Cohort

Seth Godin talks quite a lot about cohorts: “The people who get you. The ones who have been through it with you. Who see you.” An emphasis on peer-relationships is one of the defining features of his highly rated and very-low-drop-out-rated online workshops. He’s got me thinking again about the value of a group of people doing similar work, with…

Podcasting resources from Buzzsprout

I just came across these excellent tutorials from Buzzsprout: Audacity Tutorial: 17 Essential Podcast Recording & Editing Tips Loads of stuff about settings, filters, export quality (although they recommend exporting to 256kbs, four times the quality of the 64kbs that most people recommend for mono audio for a podcast). Podcasting 101 Guide:How to Make a Podcast This is a good…

Doing to see

My sister and I just recorded a special episode for Driverlesscroc Podcast(‘Useful Things’), learnt a lot doing it, including: That recording both ends of a skype call is a viable way to work over distance The importance of triple-checking your mics after I made a schoolboy error and plugged my mic into a headphone jack. I could see that I…

DCPodcast howto – recording via skype

Happy to report that we’ve just recorded a special-edition first episode of the Driverlesscroc podcast and it went off without a hitch. Recording between Jakarta and Buenos Aires meant that we couldn’t trust the VoIP connection (in fact, Skype held up really well), so we made two separate recordings. Setup Stu: Skype with headphones on my Android phone, with a…

Podcasting Howto: workflow for recording and improving sound quality for a podcast using Audacity

This howto is entirely based on David Taylor‘s excellent Introduction to Audacity youtube lesson. With apologies for the boring soundcheck used in the examples. Preamble Install Audacity and the LAME (.mp3) and and FFmpeg libraries following the instructions from the website. Have a mic of some sort ready and plugged into your computer. Have headphones ready too. If you haven’t…

Podcast recommendation: Marc Andreesen on The Moment with Brian Koppelman

I’ve already shared an extract from this episode about systems thinking here, but the whole interview is fascinating and everyone I’ve recommended it to has thanked me for it. Marc Andressen more-or-less invented the web-browser as we know it and made Netscape (the biggest internet browser of its day, which was sold for a profit), which seeded the development of…

Ordinary people. Good work.

Good to Great is all well and good, but what about Pretty Good to Very Good? I’ve been mulling over the DC podcast and this is what I’m going to focus on: ordinary people doing good (and important) work. Not multi-million pound-dollar businesses and organisations, but those working with tens or hundreds of thousands. Not companies boasting world-class-execution-across-the-board, but individuals…

Podcast: a few minutes to worldwide distribution

It turned out that when I got to 121 minutes I wasn’t too far off worldwide distribution and an audience (okay, potential audience) of billions. Not that I want an audience of billions, but it’s amazing to think about it. Pow – you have distribution that the biggest media companies in the world could only dream of a couple of…