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Enhancing Your Podcast Experience: How to Add Video to Your Show

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In the ever-evolving world of digital content creation, podcasts have emerged as a popular medium for delivering information and entertainment. While the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network is an audio-only platform for radio and podcasts, we believe that incorporating video into your shows can provide an exciting and engaging experience for your audience. A common way to share video recordings is on social media platforms such as TikTok and YouTube. In this article, we will explore the benefits of incorporating video into your podcast and provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to start the process.

The Benefits of Adding Video to Your Show

Each individual has their preferred method of consuming content. Some individuals prefer to listen to their favorite radio show episodes while driving home from work, while others find enjoyment in watching shows on their smart devices. Video podcasts offer an enhanced level of engagement by enabling the audience to view facial expressions and body language. Furthermore, incorporating visual media into podcasts provides viewers with contextual cues throughout the episode. For example, if a host is discussing a book with an author as their guest, they can display the book on the podcast. Not only does the inclusion of video in a podcast heighten engagement, but it also extends the reach to a wider audience.

Popular Cameras for Video Recording

Depending on your budget, there is a wide range of camera equipment options available. If affordability is a priority, consider a webcam or a GoPro. The Logitech Brio 4K Webcam is a great choice, allowing you to conveniently position the camera directly on your computer while recording with a VoiceAmerica engineer on Zoom. While the latest GoPro models can be quite expensive, previous versions are more budget-friendly. Nowadays, smartphones offer improved camera quality, making them a viable option for recording video for your podcast. Simply set up your phone on a tripod in front of you and press the record button to capture your content effortlessly.

If you have the financial means to invest in a higher-quality camera, we recommend exploring DSLR or camcorder options. The Canon EOS Digital Cameras and Panasonic Professional Camcorders are widely favored within the video podcasting industry. Camcorders typically offer longer battery life and are more lightweight compared to DSLRs. However, using a DSLR camera has its own advantages as well. It is crucial to conduct thorough research to determine the specific criteria you want for your camera before making a decision.

How to Start Adding Video to Your Podcast

The initial step in incorporating video content into your podcast involves determining the preferred camera angle. Would you prefer a close-up shot or a wider angle shot? Additionally, if you are recording your video during a Zoom session, decide whether you would like to display a gallery shot featuring both the host and the guest at the same time, or speaker view. Before conducting your podcast, consider whether you intend to share media from your computer or if you will reference physical items throughout the episodes. By understanding your desired video format, you can effectively plan the technical aspects of your production.

Next, it’s time to prepare your recording setup. Depending on your budget and specific needs, you can choose to buy a webcam, DSLR, or a dedicated video camera. Ensure that you are situated in a well-lit room to capture the highest quality footage with your chosen camera. If you already have an external microphone, be sure to connect it to either your camera or computer for improved audio quality. Prior to starting your next recording session, it is recommended to perform a test run of your equipment to verify its functionality.

Once you have recorded your show using your camera and microphone, it’s time to import the camera footage into your preferred video editing software and synchronize it with the audio you recorded with VoiceAmerica. Video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, or iMovie are excellent options for enhancing your original video files. Our social media manager, Rachel, utilizes Adobe Premiere Pro to take video files from radio shows or podcasts and upload the footage for further editing. From there, she selects a short clip suitable for social media and adjusts the footage to meet the specific aspect ratios required by each social media platform. Depending on your chosen video editing software, you can also add captions to your video to make it easier for your audience to follow along. Take the time to trim any unwanted sections, incorporate introductory and closing sequences, overlay text, and incorporate visual elements that complement your episode.

Now you’re all set! Share your video podcast on any social media platforms, including popular applications like YouTube. Promoting your video content online is crucial for expanding your listenership and reaching dedicated podcast enthusiasts. Consider embedding the video on your website to provide your audience with the convenience of listening directly from your personal page. Web hosting services such as WordPress and Squarespace make it effortless to embed videos on your website. Additionally, email newsletters are another effective way to spread the word about your podcast. Don’t forget to encourage viewers to like, comment, and share your content to foster engagement and broaden your reach.

By incorporating video into your podcast, you can elevate your content to new heights, resulting in increased engagement and achieve a broader audience. Our comprehensive step-by-step guide empowers you to integrate video into your podcasting workflow. While video podcasts may not be suitable for everyone, if you’re ready to take your podcast to the next level, embracing this new method can be a game-changer!

Learning Management and the Use O.I.L.L. w/ Christine Miller

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Learning Management and the Use O.I.L.L. w/ Christine Miller

Join me Thursday, February 2/23 at 1pm EST on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel!

To improve and move forward, we have to learn from our mistakes. All too often, we don’t learn from the lessons as they present themselves. I speak with internationally recognized Crisis Management, Emergency Management, and Busine Continuity expert, Christine Miller about Learning Management.

Chris offers allot of helpful information including:

1. How to plan for a lesson learned workshop/meeting,

2. Participants (it’s more than you might think),

3. Follow-up,

4. Strong – and courageous – leadership,

5. What the acronym O.I.L.L. means and how it helps Lessons Learned,

6. Successes with O.I.L.L. in Eswatini,

7. Tips for starting a Lessons Learned initiative,

8. Who benefits from OILL and Lessons Learned in Emergency Management.

Chris shares allot of information, including allot of her own personal work experiences. Many talk about Lessons Learned, but Chris goes a little bit deeper into the subject than most. Enjoy!


Get Rid of It’s Not My Job

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Get Rid of It’s Not My Job

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The attitude of “I’ll put in my time and that’s it” happens every single day in companies big and small. Is it happening in yours? Did you know that 50% of workers today would rather be someplace else? And another 20% take out their frustration every day and may be doing more harm than good. What about your people?

I have found that employees get this way when they are bored with their job; or feel like a faceless cog in a big wheel or don’t understand how “what they do” specifically contributes to the goals of their department or business unit. How can you, as a manager or business owner, keep your employees motivated to do their best work?

Three Strategies to Prevent “It’s Not My Job”

1. Communicate the importance of what they do.
Every supervisor should be able to state a meaningful purpose for his department and the work that is being done. Here is a short but powerful statement that was developed by a manager for her five-person benefits group.

“Benefits are about people. It’s not whether you have the forms filled in or whether the checks are written. It’s whether the people are cared for when they’re sick, helped when they’re in trouble.”

It is a statement with the focus on the end result—serving people—rather than on the means or process—completing forms. How well do you communicate the importance of what is being done in your department? How well do you build pride especially with your front line workers?

2. Recognize the importance of recognition.
The motto of many supervisors is: Why would I need to thank someone for doing something he’s paid to do? Workers repeatedly tell, with great feeling, how much they appreciate a compliment. They also report how distressed they are when their supervisor is quick to criticize mistakes but not acknowledge good work.

A pat on the back, simply saying “good going,” a dinner for two, a note about them to senior executives, some schedule flexibility, a paid day off, or even a flower on a desk with a thank-you note are a few of the hundreds of ways supervisors can show their appreciation. Money may get people in the door but it doesn’t keep them motivated to go the extra mile. Here are simple, inexpensive ways to recognize employees.

3. Tap into the importance of involvement.
There may be no single motivational tactic more powerful than asking for people’s input. An accounting manager presented a list of customer complaints at a staff meeting. She then broke the group into teams to find ways to eliminate these service glitches.

Getting everyone involved in problem-solving accomplished three goals. It brings the customers to the center of the department’s day-to-day operations; it lead to greater ‘buy-in” when changes had to be made in a process, policy or procedures; and finally it said to everyone that they and their ideas are valued. As one very proud production line worker, in an automotive plant, said to me:

“They only looked at what we could do from our neck down…now it’s for what we can do from our neck up.”

Smart Moves Tip:

It is true that most people must work to survive and money is certainly a motivator — but up to a point. For your employees to commit to and achieve great things, they need to experience purpose, recognition and involvement. As a manager you can provide that. It costs you nothing. And you will gain engaged employees who are working together to increase productivity and profitability.

Marcia Zidle:

The Business Edge with Marcia Zidle, your Smart Moves Coach, delivers practical advice to help business leaders take the growing pains out of growth. Are you facing overwhelming demands on your time? Are costly mistakes eating into your profits? Are you facing increased expectations from customers and clients and the need to strike a better balance in your life? Now’s the time to stop spending your energy managing problems and start doing your real work: growing your business to the next level and beyond. Learn to create a growth agenda to get your business on the right track and keep it there. Rev up your growth engine with exceptional talent. Develop the right kind of leadership to move it forward fast. Start by tuning in to The Business Edge, airing live every Wednesday at 11 AM Pacific Time.

Special Encore Presentation: Controversial EMPowerplus Proves Effective for ADHD and Mood Disorders with Leslie Carol Botha

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Special Encore Presentation: Controversial EMPowerplus Proves Effective for ADHD and Mood Disorders with Leslie Carol Botha

TruehopeHoly Hormones Honey! Tune in for Leslie Botha’s latest Episode  “Special Encore Presentation: Controversial EMPowerplus Proves Effective for ADHD and Mood Disorders” airing Feb. 13th 9am Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

Would you consider a 47.6% outcome for a study on mood disorders significant? What would you say if this published study was on a micronutrient supplement and not a drug? Last week, a ground-breaking study published in the British Medical Journal cited that researchers at the University of Canterbury in NZ found the micronutrient supplement Truehope EMPowerplus™ had significant benefits for adults with psychiatric symptoms of ADHD, depression, hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.  The research publication also identified a major reduction in symptoms in those suffering from ‘moderate’ to ‘severe’ depression.  Truehope founder, Anthony Stephan believes that this research now places EMPowerplus™ in a new class of first line treatments for the most common mood disorders.  The safety profile of the product has been researched extensively and has been proven to be safe in use over the past 16 years.  EMPowerplus™ has now been the subject of 24 medical journal publications.

Leslie BothaAbout Leslie Carol Botha

Leslie Carol Botha is host of Holy Hormones Honey! on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.  Botha is also a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.

Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how women’s hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.

Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”

Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.

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