Yup, been meaning to scribble something about Northern Voice but wanted to take the time to do it right, … since magical time expansion is unlikely, here it goes …
First off, massive thank yous to all the folks who rolled into my presentation: Three “P’s” of podcasting: Plan, Produce, Promote.
The Podcast Spot guys recorded and posted a podcast of the podcasting show … but here is an alternate version recorded on my beloved M-Audio Microtrack and remixed by Bread the Producer.
Listen up! Three 3 Ps of Podcasting – Plan, Produce, Promote (and Party) – (.mp3, 59:00, 40MB)
T’was really a treat to have so many amigo y amiga grinning back at me plus cool that a lot of other “veteran” podcasters were along for the ride plus folks making podcast software, podcast networks, consulting about podcasts etc. While the inclinations are different for various casters the process for making shows is really the same.
I advocate taking the time to work on your presentation style and “embracing your internal dialouge” in order to deliver a compelling conversation on on cue in order to make concise and listenable shows. Planning the idea and then busting out the production with Macgyver skill using the vast array of kiss-a$$ software apps and thrifty hardware out there.
photo by Chris Heuer
The visual aid of my schtick was a series of 75(?) pieces of 100% hemp cardstock (no trees harmed) – each painted with one or maybe two words each in black acyrlic. A few cards had lists or phrases written with oil pastels and even a couple of doodles to deliver the feeling.
I filled the time for 59 minutes from Planning to Producing to Promoting and Partying and tossed the cards in the air and to the floor as the routine rolled on. Yes certainly inspired by Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. In the spirit of non-commercialism, i stayed away from personal or professional plugs or even listing all my fave podcasters (many makers in the audience even) so i didn’t leave anyone out.
I did specifically mention:
Flickr is resplendant with great pics of me in action from the increasing famous Megan Cole, Clubside Breakfast Time host Cosmo was taking shots (there with Blarney Nat and the irrepressible Dingo), photog-deluxe (and Vancouver fashion photographer) KK, the energetic Chris Heuer, international man of mad skills – Rob Scales, gracious Miss 604 and podcaster-in-arms Radio Zoom John (both part of the Crazy Canucks), blogaholic Adrienna, Vancouver Duane, Mutually Inclusive PR and possibly more (flickr tag uncleweed) …
photo Megan Cole
More giant funtimes in the auditorium with Podcast hotel and Splashcast Alex Williams, mediadude John Anthony Hartman, Bruce Sharpe – audio-guru and Levelator-maker, Jordan Telling Ten Friends, Shirley (of the North) Beyond Robson.
More shout outs to the Podcastspot guys who chronicled chronicled Northern Voice with podcasts galore and ahhh … a fellow from InsidePodcasting or something about podcasting (sorry, i wanted to chat with you further, but) and ya, Ian King from 24 Hours and my buddy the Moose …
Also, thanks to Roland for steering the ship and trusting in me to get r’ dun. I was a late substitution and managed to cobble together my “Paper Point” moments before the gig but managed to keep the folks enjoying my edu-tainment, .. but don’t take my word for it, plenty of comments abounding, so, if you’ll indulge me in a moment of repose, i’ll post a round up below.
Derek K. Miller‘s Fakeout was gonna be the official theme music but Roland racked up a different one (Clouds or Smoke IIRC) and though i stumbled my good vibes message a wee bit, the thought is what counts eh. DKM was following along via backchannel and mediacasting too adding in his humour and opinions. Gouranga & Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
By not plugging my shows, folks had a reason to come up to chat and ask for my addys to check it out (yeah that was the plan). Since you good people wanna know, here’s the list – each show series is entirely unique and each are handcrafted with care and attention.
I note that, like younglings, each podcast series has a unique personality and i love each equally (sniff, sniff). However unlike children they are basically free and require no diapers nor nutritional sustenance (just occasional cables and doo-dads and frequent enthusiasm) to sustain.
Comment bonanza follows for posterity (pardon the self-indulgence):
Dave Olson is a relentlessly cool podcaster and makes the rest of us look like dorks.
Dave Olson, really great paper point presentation on podcasting.
Another great highlight for me was Dave Olsen’s “The 3 P’s of Podcasting,” as much for his presentation style as for the easy-to-absorb content. Using what was later jokingly referred to as an “underhead projecter,” he whizzed through 60 or 70 slides in a manner that was reminiscent of both Bob Dylan and a certain scene from the film Love Actually (one of Mrs. Behan’s favorites). I’ll have to find a video of Dave’s talk, as it has to be seen by all podcasters.
But on Saturday I met Uncle Weed, aka Dave Olson — a local who semi-regularly puts out SEVEN podcasts!!!!!!! In a mile-a-minute, Dylanesque, low-tech performance of tossing out cards with short messages like “podcast”, “passion”, and “plan”, Uncle Weed made it seem easy. Like all it took to become a podcaster was some time, an idea, a computer, a little enthusiasm, and $20.
A photo session followed, lead by Kris Krug. In my opinion, he and Dave had the best presentations of the day. They were both laid back, had practical and useful tips, and told it like it is, plain and simple. Things don’t have to be complicated.
Dave Olsen during his session on podcasting: “I’m bi-platform, and I’m man enough to admit it.”
Then I moved on to Dave’s podcasting session. I have to admit that the Uncle Weed persona did put me off a bit. I guess I’m a stiff. So the subject matter of his podcasts doesn’t excite me, but the session did. Dave knows his shit. He cares about what he’s doing and it shows. So he had some great pointers and interesting presentation covering everything from getting a concept through recording and producing all the way up to promoting your podcast once you’ve got a few in the can. I only went in to the session with idle curiosity – but when he started in about how to vet an idea to see if it’s worth starting a podcast, I started to get inspired. I’ve done a couple podcasts, well they’re not episodic so some say that’s not a podcast … so I’ve recorded a couple audio file of me speaking which were syndicated in the RSS feed from my blog… But anyway, I’ve done a couple of those and I think I might like to do some more over a limited time, like a short series around a topic I like to talk about. One of the reasons I identified with Dave’s attitude was the focus on getting it out there. Get good audio quality but don’t go overboard buying equipment before you start recording. He recommended starting with a laptop if you already have one and showed the M-Audio device he uses (a Microtrack 24/96). It looks pretty sweet – two channels of audio and a CF slot. A far cry from the crap RCA puts out (which, by the way, doesn’t use any normal formats for files or connectivity).
I also really enjoyed Dave Olson’s session on podcasting. His whimsical, and sometimes hysterical presentation was void of PowerPoint and instead, supported by single word cue cards ala Bob Dylan. Podcasting is something I’m becoming more fascinated with and how it can be integrated into brand marketing and communication activities.