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ByRick Deutsch

Professional Speakers need to record their talks – Get a digital recorder

How well do you speak? Do you say “uh, uh” a lot? Do you mangle words?  Do you pause enough? How would you know?  The best is to record your voice and listen to yourself over and over and over. You can correct those  little flaws once you hear them in the third person.

I suggest you get a free standing small digital recorder with a direct USB connection. But don’t you have a smart phone with a built in recorder? Right. With a ton of apps that you have to plow through to get to the recording function. With  dedicated recorder in your Pearl Harbor Kit, you can put the device right on the podium and capture your melodious voice.

Step 2 is to download it to your PC, so you can share it and get reviews. I have found that it’s a pain to carry a cord to download to my PC. Thus you need to get one with a built-in USB “plug.” We are not talking expensive here. Hey, it’s YOUR career. I have an Olympus WS-801 Voice Recorder.

Olympus has been making reliable units for decades. they are small with an intuitive user interface. Less than $60 on Amazon.  If you browse you will see many units in the $150++ range. They are not needed.  I really like that the WS801 also features a jack for an external mic. Hook one up and you can do interviews “on the floor” to add to your podcasts or blogs.

Other neat features of the WS-801: Noise cancelling,  MP3 and WMA recording, 2GB memory for 512 hours of record time. All this on one AAA battery. Come to our next MeetUp and see mine!

 

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Professional Speakers: Don’t violate copyright laws; it can cost you plenty

When preparing your presentation for use on a cruise ship or a keynote or training etc, be careful as to where your source material comes from. US Copyright law gets revised periodically, and ignorance is no excuse in a courtroom. In summary, the public domain consists of ideas, facts, mathematical theories, history, and works with expired copyrights.

A work does not enter the public domain simply because it is accessible to the public online. A “work” has a copyright the moment it becomes fixed in a tangible medium of expression. The author of the work does not need to take any formal steps, such as registration, to receive a copyright. It is NOT necessary to put the © mark, although it will deter amateurs. It can’t hurt. Copyright is automatic, and thus a work cannot enter the public domain until its copyright has expired. Anything before 1922 is fair game – there was no law then!

Violation of copyright law can land speaklers in court.

Violation of copyright law can land speaklers in court.

The Copyright Act gives the owner of a copyrighted work five exclusive rights: (1) the right to reproduce the work; (2) the right to prepare derivative works; (3) the right to distribute the work; (4) the right to publicly perform the work; and (5) the right to publicly display the work.

My suggestion – be careful. You never know who “owns” the photo or words. They can sue you for big bucks. Attribution may help but is not legally binding. Check with your lawyer for an in depth discussion. Read this article for more information.

 

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Professional cruise ship speakers never get on board without a flash drive back-up | Pearl Harbor Kit

Whether or not you intend to be a speaker on cruise ships (free travel for 2), every good speaker should have a zip lock bag with his or hers back up tools. At the top of the list is a flash drive. #1 reason: What do you do if your laptop dies?  Most ships will not provide you a techie guru to bring it back up. You may be on your own.

Luckily, other speakers or even passengers will have a PC you  can borrow for an hour. If your talk is on a flash drive as well as you internal memory, you will save much embarrassment by plugging it in and off you go.

While speaking on a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)  trip years ago, I witnessed a featured speaker melt down in front of 200 guests. His machine died and he had to go extemporaneous. This is no problem if you are the expert and  know your material. He didn’t. Bad.

Invest in a quality product. I use nothing but PNY flash drives. As your PowerPoints get clogged with high rez photos, you should have a 16 GB unit. This allows you to store many talks if asked to give more than your contracted amount. PNY is a huge memory company located in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. Notice I did not say Asia. American Quality. If you get your flash drives at a local outlet, they are guaranteed for as long as it takes you to get to your car.  PNY offers a 1-year warranty.

Final Point – keep them away from magnets…like your name badge.

PNY Flash Drive => Order from Amazon

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