IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Cloud computing promises to create a more efficient, more productive global economy – but it uses gargantuan amounts of electricity: between 1.7 and 2.2 percent of U.S. power use, according to a 2010 report. That puts cloud providers in a position of responsibility with respect to the global community: We’re depending on them to deliver their services with the minimum possible impact on energy supplies and carbon emissions. Microsoft clearly doesn’t give a damn.Over the weekend, The New York Times reported a 2010 incident that occurred between Microsoft, the owner of one such datacenter in Quincy, Washington, and the Grant County Public Utility District (GCPUD). Microsoft apparently overestimated the amount of power it would use. Under the terms of its agreement with the GCPUD, the company owed a $210,000 fine to compensate for the extra energy generated. Microsoft could have paid the fine and worked on better estimates of its power consumption. Indeed, Yahoo, which also has a datacenter in Quincy, paid similar fine of $94,608. But that would have been too humble for a computing superpower and convicted antitrust violator. Instead, the company started wasting millions of watts of power, threatening to continue until the fine was cut, the Times reported.In the course of three days in mid-December 2011, Microsoft’s data center went from consuming 28.5 million watts to 34 million watts generated by highly polluting diesel generators. That’s enough energy to power 3,323 U.S. homes (based on an average of 16.55kWh per day). To generate the power needed to make up for its underuse, Microsoft spent an additional $70,000 on its energy bill to force the GCPUD to drop the $210,000 fine.The tactic worked: The utility reduced Microsoft’s fine to $60,000.Yet, beyond the corporate bottom line, Microsoft’s action was woefully irresponsible. The emerging cloud services industry needs to gain the public’s trust and support. Microsoft’s actions only increase the headwind. And the impact goes beyond the industry: Energy management is a critical issue for U.S. economic stability. As the nation struggles to shift from fossil fuels to electricity (such as the move to electric vehicles), US grid power has ever greater national security implications. Moreover, greenhouse gas emissions – even from “clean” hydropower, which produces plenty of methane – have a global impact in speeding regional economic shifts, sea level rise, and loss of biodiversity.Microsoft, along with Google and Amazon, is the standard bearer for cloud services. It has no business wasting power simply to strong-arm a utility and avoid paying what it rightfully owes. Microsoft says this is an isolated incident, but given the company’s monopolist past, that’s hard to swallow. The executives in Redmond and the local execs in Quincy have let us all down and need to make amends by refocusing their efforts on energy efficiency and compliance with the law.Microsoft’s tactics are an open invitation for the US Federal Trade Commission to get back in Microsoft’s face, and we hope the FTC comes down hard. Microsoft’s eggregious actions are a blight on the entire tech community.Image Courtesy of Shutterstock 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise#Microsoft
Somewhere in Hollywood, the publicists for Kim Kardashian and her sisters are raising a toast. According to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, the Kardashian sisters were easily among the most searched-for terms of 2012.Monday night, Microsoft released the most popular search terms of the year, grouped into various categories, including several devoted to celebrities. Kim Kardashian was the most-searched-for person of the year, with her baby, her role as a reality-television star… and what else? putting her name on Bing users’ fingertips. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting markhachman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Bing#Microsoft#search A Year-End TraditionLists of the most-searched-for terms have become a year-end staple, with Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others releasing their users’ most-popular terms, celebrities, albums, books, and other categories. Although Microsoft holds a minority position in the U.S. search market (16%, in October, versus 66.9% for Google, according to comScore), it’s likely that most if not all of Microsoft’s most-common terms will appear in other lists.Here’s what we know about people using Bing this year.Microsoft’s top searched-for celebs of 2012:Kim KardashianJustin BieberMiley CyrusRihannaLindsay LohanKaty PerrySelena GomezJennifer AnistonNicki MinajTaylor SwiftThe holidays will undoubtedly be a bit less cheery for Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Speats, who plunged from the top 10. (The 2011 list included Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, Lopez, Spears, Katy Perry, Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus.)Interestingly, even during a nasty, balloon-budgeted election year, celebs in 2012 were sought more often than the Presidential candidates. Mitt Romney won the Bing search “election,” placing 43rd to Barack Obama’s 46th place. Royals bowed to entertainers, too. Kate Middleton was No. 12, while sister Pippa dropped to the bottom of the list at number 75.The Kardashian sisters also swept the reality-show category, with Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney topping the first three spots. And don’t look now, but in the fifth spot, here comes little Honey Boo Boo, the redneck reality star who made most of America cringe.Khloe and Kim, with partners Lamar Odom and Kanye West, ranked third and fourth, respectively, among the top celebrity couples. Tech & SportsTop tech terms included the Apple iPhone 5, the iPad, the Samsung Galaxy S III/S3, the Amazon Kindle and iPad 3. Bing also ranked social media, where the only surprise was that MySpace finished third after Facebook and Twitter.Payton Manning topped the list of sports stars, as his comeback with the Denver Broncos captivated fans. Tiger Woods and devout quarterback Tim Tebow finished second and third, respectively, followed by sexy French Open winner Maria Sharapova and Kobe Bryant. Even international soccer star Ronaldo made the list, in ninth place. It seems the Kardashian connection propelled Lamar Odom (No. 7) above LeBron James (No. 8).The top Olympians, meanwhile, included Serena Williams, Lolo Jones, LeBron James, Michael Phelps, and gymnast McKayla Maroney, whose “not impressed” meme surely helped her ranking. Biebermania Subsides – A BitJustin Bieber fans were unable to propel their idol to the top of the Bing pops, but Bieber and the late Whitney Houston ranked first and second, respectively, among musicians, with Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, and Rihanna in the top five. (Bieber fans also launched an unsuccessful Twitter campaign to keep Bieber’s song “Baby” the most-watched video ever on YouTube. Korean pop star Psy stole that crown, however, with his viral video hit “Gangnam Style”.) Bing also revealed the top 10 songs of 2012, based on searches. (Look for these tunes to be 2012’s top sellers, too.):Psy’s “Gangnam Style”Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”Gotye’s “Someone I Used to Know”Fun.’s “We Are Young”One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”Drake’s “The Motto”Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa: “Payphone”The Wanted’s “Glad You Came”Katy Perry’s “Part of Me”Surprisingly, Bing did not list the top 10 most-searched for videos, although Microsoft did say that music videos dominated search – with Fun.’s viral hit, “We Are Young,” coming in first. (That’s probably because most, if not all, of the top videos resided on YouTube, owned by rival Google.) Bing also broke out other categories, such as Most Searched Fashion Designer or Label, Most Searched Destination and Most Searched Holiday Food. To see all the lists, check out Microsoft’s blog post.For some reason, though, Microsoft did not report the most popular search terms over all, but the company responsed to my request with these five:FacebookInsuranceNetflixTwitterCouponsKind of dull, actually… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts
Related Posts Even though 2012 was a tough year overall for small businesses – the stubbornly slow economy didn’t help – technology improvements continued to offer hope of lowering costs, boosting efficiency, increasing sales and opening new markets. To the extent that they could find the cash, investing in technology remained a top priority for savvy smaller companies.These half-dozen technologies are the ones small businesses were most involved with in 2012:1. Social Media SurgedIn a survey by VerticalResponse, more than one-third of small business owners wished they could spend less time on social media (nearly half spend 6+ hours per week). But they can’t, because that’s where the customers are. A recent report by NM Incite found Internet users spend more time on social networks than on any other type of website. 2012’s breakout star, Pinterest, showed a whopping 1,047% increase in unique visitors — so if you haven’t gone there yet, you might want to. However, Facebook is still the top site, used by 90% of entrepreneurs, according to VerticalResponse, and 152.2 million unique visitors, according to NM Incite.2. Consumers Went All-In On MobileThe rabid adoption of tablets over the 2011 holiday season gained even more momentum in 2012. Smart retailers took advantage of the tablet’s leisure-time nature to create customized mobile shopping experiences for couch-surfers. On Black Friday, IBM reports, mobile sales topped 16%, up from 9.8% last year, with the iPad dominating. Small businesses also took advantage of mobile marketing to reach customers on their smartphones. The Pew Internet & American Life Project reports 56% of mobile users go online with their phones and 50% use them for email; both figures more than doubled compared to two years ago. Some 84% of small businesses that used mobile marketing found it increased new business, a Web.com and Lab42 study found.3. Mobile Dominated BusinessIn 2012 savvy businesses of all sizes incorporated tablets into the workplace as presentation tools, payment devices or simply to entertain customers (for example, providing iPads for customers to place orders or entertain kids in restaurants). In The Mobility Edge: CDW’s 2012 Small Business Mobility Report, 75% of mobile users report mobile devices have become “critical” to their jobs, and 67% say without mobile devices, their businesses would be less competitive.4. BYOD ArrivedBring Your Own Device has long been business as usual for cash-strapped startups, but in 2012 the trend took hold at companies of all sizes. Since many job seekers consider being able to bring their own device a workplace perk, BYOD could even give your small small business an edge in competing with bigger companies whose IT managers don’t like BYOD.5. Crowdsourcing ContinuedTechnological changes sped the growth of crowdsourcing, a boon to many small startups, this year, the Dell Evolving Workforce reports. Contractors and even customers increasingly contributed to small business solutions, doing everything from coding to innovating new product and service ideas.6. The Clouds Rolled In2012 was the year cloud services went from mysterious to mainstream—or as SMB Group put it, “as normal rather than cutting edge.” More and more, small businesses and startups turned to cloud storage and solutions to streamline operations and save money. At the same time, consumers’ increasing comfort level with the cloud opened up a whole new world of startup possibilities.What mattered to your small business most in 2012?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#2012 Trends#BYOD#cloud computing#mobile#small business#social media#social networking How to Get Started in China and Have Success rieva lesonsky
7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#bitcoin#Bitstamp#Coinbase#Mt. Gox lauren orsini Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? We’ve all got at least a passing understanding of Bitcoin, that digital crypto-currency that can’t be regulated by any bank or government (at least for now). But here’s a trickier question: what’s a bitcoin actually worth? Like gold, Bitcoin derives its value from scarcity. It is intentionally difficult to use computers to create and add to the chain of cryptographic phrases that make each bitcoin unique—a process known as bitcoin mining. The currency is capped with a finite limit, too, so the more bitcoins exist in the world, the harder and slower it is to mine more of them. See also Bitcoins… What Are They Again?It’s easy to determine how Bitcoin is trading at any given moment, but that’s not the same thing as knowing what its actual value is in the real world. On Mt. Gox, the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, bitcoins were changing hands at $103.80 as of August 8. On Bitstamp, the second largest exchange, a bitcoin traded at $94.99. On Coinbase, the popular U.S. Bitcoin wallet, it’s somewhere in between, at $96.58.In this way, Bitcoin is just like the American dollar. What bitcoins are worth varies from market to market all over the world. For example, right now on August 8, one U.S. dollar is worth 0.75 euros, although its value will almost certainly have shifted by the time you read this.One big way bitcoins differ from fiat currencies like the dollar is that those currencies have what you might call “safe zones” where buyers and traders can reasonably expect them to maintain a consistent value. The dollar, for instance, is backed by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is charged with maintaining domestic price stability—that is, with minimizing fluctuations in the dollar’s value as measured in goods and services.Thanks to that backing (and a lot of monetary heavy machinery that makes it work), I can buy a toothbrush at the convenience store today and be reasonably certain that it will cost pretty much the same at the same store next week. Not so for Bitcoin. Companies that accept payment in bitcoin can’t usually pay their suppliers and employees without converting bitcoin to, say, U.S. dollars. And that introduces a big element of risk if the value of bitcoin is changing everywhere on a day-to-day—even a minute-to-minute—basis.Knowing that Bitcoin’s worth is this volatile brings up more questions than answers. Here’s what the experts have to say. Why Doesn’t The Bitcoin Market Correct Itself?If you know that bitcoin is trading at a much higher amount of dollars at Mt. Gox than it is at Bitstamp, why wouldn’t you buy from Bitstamp and sell to Mt. Gox? A cursory calculation assures that you’d net a quick 7% return—virtually free money. It seems like a sound investment. And if everybody did this, the market would even out and correct itself. And perhaps that would happen, said Erik Vorhees, a Bitcoin pioneer and CEO of Coinapult, if Bitcoin conversion didn’t take so incredibly long. “It takes forever to get USD [U.S. dollars] out of Gox,” he said. “If you sell Bitcoin there, you are going to be waiting many weeks for the money. So people prefer to sell elsewhere, though they may be happy to buy at Gox. If USD could be withdrawn from Gox in 3 to 4 days, you’d see the spread immediately disappear.”How Liquid Is Bitcoin?Since it takes so long to convert Bitcoin to U.S. dollars, you’d be right to assume that the Bitcoin isn’t very liquid. It takes time to buy, sell and move the cryptocurrency around.According to Nicholas Weaver, a senior staff researcher at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley who studies emerging technologies, Bitcoin grows more volatile—because its liquidity decreases—the more bitcoins you want to trade. That’s because Bitcoin is still a relatively immature currency, lacking vast numbers of traders who can quickly meet buy or sell orders of any size. “[Bitcoin is] about as liquid as a penny stock, that is, in small quantities it’s reasonably liquid but anything significant will not be liquid,” he said. “If you want to buy or sell $100K or $1M in Bitcoin, the market will go crazy.”Is Bitcoin A Good Investment?Here is where our two experts differ. Vorhees believes the Bitcoin is becoming a more stable investment every day. “Bitcoin is just more volatile than most everything else because it’s still new, and still a tiny market,” he said. “But, over time, the volatility will calm down, indeed it already has.”Weaver is far tougher on Bitcoin. It’s not just that Bitcoin is volatile, but that Bitcoin transactions are completely irreversible. If you experience credit card fraud, you can report that to the credit card company and get the transaction reversed. In order to maintain that level of fraud mitigation, you need trusted central authorities called banks, he said—institutions that go completely against Bitcoin’s core philosophy. “Bitcoin instead, by lacking any trusted parties, is designed to be irreversible: Once a Bitcoin transaction is committed, it can NEVER be undone,” he said. “Which means you can never simply transfer your money from a bank account to buy Bitcoins. Anyone who allows such things will be undone by fraud.” As in, fraud that can’t be reversed precisely because there’s no entity standing behind the transaction to guarantee its integrity.And indeed, there has been evidence of Bitcoin users who have been defrauded by irreversible transactions, mainly as part of a pyramid scheme shut down last year. So why ever use Bitcoin? Weaver can only think of two reasons:“You’re selling to Crypto-Anarchist-Libertarian-Cave-Dwelling-Goldbugs who believe in Bitcoin—and can sock an extra charge on them for the privilege,” he said. “[Or] you’re selling things that cannot be processed using credit cards, namely gambling and drugs.”Since Bitcoin is assumed to be untraceable, illicit marketplaces like Silk Road exist to turn your bitcoins into illegal goods. But Jeff Garzik, a member of the Bitcoin core development team, maintains that Bitcoin is not as anonymous as you might think.“Attempting major illicit transactions with bitcoin, given existing statistical analysis techniques deployed in the field by law enforcement, is pretty damned dumb,” Garzik told Kotaku. There’s no easy answer to, “what’s Bitcoin really worth?” If you truly believe in Bitcoin as a digital currency that could change the world, you’ll probably be willing to pay for the risk. If not, perhaps it’s best to keep your money in good old-fashioned dollars.Photo by zcopley on Flickr Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Meanwhile, when it comes to the public at large, the cable company sits in the hot seat. ”We don’t wake up every day, and go to work and say, ‘We want to be hated,’” Roberts said in response to a question from an audience member. The topic was Comcast and Time Warner Cable—the object of its acquisition dreams—ranking near the bottom for customer satisfaction.Glenn Derene, electronics editor at Consumer Reports, believes he knows why: “Everything else in consumer technology is getting more affordable every year—everything except communications services.”But Roberts clearly doesn’t think that’s the full story. At the Code Conference, he cited his reasoning for the Comcast hate: It’s a consumer-facing company, he said, so it takes the flack when others raise their prices. (The “others” here likely refers to TV studios and networks, and their expensive rights or programming agreements.)It’s an excuse that’s about as satisfying as “it’s on the road map.” And if it were true, all cable and satellite providers would be in a heated race to the bottom, not just those two.This issue and the attitude toward developers are fundamentally connected. Comcast has an opportunity to pursue a robust ecosystem, one that welcomes developers and excites customers. Allowing third-party developers to bring their apps and services to X1 would provide more services, features and entertainment to end users. And it could do it without those expensive content deals. Too bad the company appears to be squandering this opportunity to turn sentiment around.Roberts said he wants to change the company. And he has a pathway to do so. Unfortunately, with arrogance and excuses, it just looks like more of the same.Comcast was contacted for this article, but as of this writing, had not replied to inquiries. Image by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite Wednesday, at the Code Conference in Los Angeles, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts told an audience of technology executives, analysts and journalists that he’s “trying to change the company.” He has a team comprising more than a thousand software engineers, he said, suggesting the cable provider wants to become a major player in the software development game.It’s an ambitious goal, even if it does seem a little unlikely. For all of the company’s vast coffers, there’s still one thing it doesn’t have: APIs released to the developer community. There’s no way for outside app makers to work with Comcast’s latest X1 television platform.Picking up on this, an audience member asked Roberts when that will change. The chief executive offered no date or estimated timeline. Instead, he said, “[It’s] on the road map.”Vague much?Developing FrustrationX1 is Comcast’s attempt to beat back the cord-cutting movement. A HTML5-based Internet television platform, it offers a “set-top-box-in-the-cloud” premise—blending live television with streaming and apps—making for Comcast’s most innovative, technologically relevant product yet.As a product offering, it has had limited test runs up until now, but Comcast hopes to officially roll it out this year. The potential reach could be enormous. According to the New York Times, Comcast currently services 21.7 million total video subscribers.That raises the stakes for potential developers, particularly if this “road map” actually leads somewhere. It’s a hazy, amorphous promise. Until the company offers some clarity, only one thing is really crystal clear: Comcast isn’t offering outside developers any APIs, or application programming interfaces, to make apps for this X1 platform. Some day, sure. But not now.It’s baffling, given Roberts’ declaration—especially when you consider that X1 is an emerging platform about to launch in an app-driven world created by the likes of Apple and Google. X1 only has a few applications from outside companies, primarily Facebook and Pandora. Comcast is reportedly pursuing a deal with game company Electronic Arts, but even if it succeeds, those would be streaming games, not apps. As it stands, there’s no Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube, much less apps from smaller developers like Plex. There’s not even an app for Angry Birds, Flappy Birds or any other type of birds.Of course, Comcast owns the platform, so it can do whatever it wants. But there’s something a bit arrogant about a company that believes it can innovate better on its own (or by cherry-picking partners) than the broader community.If the company really does want to become something other than the dictator of cable TV and Internet broadband pipes that people think it is—if it wants to step out as a technological innovator—then it needs to do something different. It needs to embrace the developer community.Comcast should have its APIs ready for launch. At the least, it should plan to ramp up for a quick release shortly after X1 rolls out, sending developers invitations to sign up. Comcast shouldn’t keep developers on the back burner, waiting around until the company gets around to it. Some day. Eventually.“We Don’t Wake Up Wanting To Be Hated” Tags:#Comcast#developers#TV 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout adriana lee 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a project to help 10 cities around the globe get ready for autonomous vehicles.An article by State Scoop reports that the billionaire announced the launch of the “Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles.”The new initiative will partner Bloomberg’s philanthropy organization with the Aspen Institute, and include 10 mayors from around the world plus industry experts. The combined brain trust will collaborate on ways to prepare cities for the advent of self-driving cars.“No tech has shaped cities more than cars in the last 100 years. It’s time for cities to turn the focus to self-driving vehicles,” said Bloomberg on his Twitter feed. “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to complement the work cities are doing – so long as people, not cars, drive the agenda.”The first five cities are Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville in the U.S., plus Buenos Aires and Paris abroad. The other five cities will be announced before the year’s end.The initiative will focus on creating guiding principles and best practices that can help cities when developing transportation policies for autonomous vehicles.Austin sees Bloomberg upsideThe city of Austin sees its involvement in the project as advantageous because it ensures having a seat at the table when important municipal policy ideas are being hatched.“We find that a lot of the public policy innovation in the tech sphere happens when mayors talk to each other,” said Jason Stanford from the Austin Mayor’s office. “I know that sounds lo-tech, but that’s really how it occurs.”“One thing we hope is that we figure out what we don’t know,” he adds. “Working with other cities and having these conversations might illuminate new possibilities we hadn’t considered yet.”The Bloomberg-led initiative comes at a time when the majority of Americans are open to sharing their future with robotic vehicles. In a recent survey conducted by the Consumer Technology Association 70% said they are ready for a future that includes autonomous cars.However, local and national governments around the globe are struggling to develop regulations that accommodate both citizen safety and the new car technology that is evolving at breakneck speed. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#Aspen Institute#Bloomberg#IoT#self-driving cars For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Donal Power
How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Follow the Puck Geoff GrossFounder and CEO of Medical Guardian Geoff Gross is the founder and CEO of Medical Guardian, a leading provider of personal emergency response and connected care solutions. Geoff’s passion for connected care, healthcare tech, and IoT helps customers live without limits. Tags:#Connected Devices#health#healthcare data#Healthcare systems#IoT#Med Tech Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces A complex regulatory environment and deeply embedded legacy systems traditionally have made the healthcare industry a laggard when it comes to adopting new technologies. But the proverbial floodgates opened over the past several years, with technological innovation transforming care and transforming lives.Healthcare technology is about to get another shot in the arm.This year will bring us the fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity, also known as 5G. The latest generation should deliver significant improvements in care quality and patient experiences — as well as lower costs and more operational efficiencies.5G will usher in an era of personalized, self-directed healthcare, empowering patients with the ability to manage their health and medical conditions better.Ultimately, the goals of healthcare aren’t limited to finding better treatment solutions; medical practitioners also strive to build preventative practices that preclude treatment. 5G will make those goals a reality.Already, wearable technologies consisting of continuous monitoring and sensory processing devices are helping patients achieve wellness and independence. We’ve only scratched the surface of their potential, in part because of the limitations of 4G. One of the biggest challenges that IoT solutions face is slow network speeds because of congestion.Providers are interfacing with many patients each day, and transmitting large amounts of data can be an incredibly slow process on existing networks. Wearable devices require consistent, uniform, and uninterrupted connectivity to be viable, and 5G will provide this connectivity an unprecedented level.5G technology has the potential to help healthcare organizations meet the growing demands of IoT-focused transformation by providing a pathway for more significant amounts of data to be shared — faster — across networks.AT&T claims its live 5G network recently eclipsed the 1gigabits-per-second mark, and the technology theoretically should be able to achieve download speeds of 10 Gbps with one millisecond of latency. Compare that to 4G speeds that average 15 megabits per second with a latency of 50 ms.But speed is only part of 5G technology, which is superior to 4G in every sense. For starters, its lower latency will allow for new and more advanced IoT applications that require rapid responsiveness, such as remote equipment control.Moreover, 5G will revolutionize data management. The technology can handle large and vital data sets more efficiently, enabling the consolidation of information into one platform. 5G networks also have super high bandwidths, which will allow more people to transmit larger files without slowing things down.In the near future, remote monitoring tools powered by 5G will enable doctors to not only keep an eye on local patients but also to attend to anyone around the world without having to leave the office.According to a study by Market Research Future, the telemedicine market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of about 17% through 2023. Growth will primarily be due to government-driven healthcare initiatives and the demand for better healthcare in rural areas. Unlike its predecessor, 5G will be able to support the high-resolution video requirements of telehealth appointments.This means patients will have more accessible healthcare, including access to specialists who might otherwise be unavailable.5G technology will allow medical professionals to quickly transmit massive files from X-ray machines, MRIs, and other imaging machines. With immediate access to substantial data files, the people — and machines — charged with making critical decisions about patient health will be able to make them faster and with more information.Already, we’ve seen that AI is capable of fully diagnosing patients and recommending proper treatment plans. It also can predict possible complications in outpatients, which allows care providers to put preventative measures in place.But AI systems need a massive amount of data to learn and improve in real time, and that data typically comes from disparate sources and is delivered via mobile devices. In many cases, 4G hasn’t been able to support this continuous flow of data reliably — that won’t be a problem for 5G.Still, none of this is to say that every healthcare problem will disappear thanks to the next generation of connectivity. Seamless integration is far from guaranteed, but it’s absolutely necessary if digital processes will directly affect the health of individuals.Increasingly widespread concerns about patient privacy and the potential negative impact of healthcare data breaches are well-founded, and they aren’t going anywhere. Security is imperative, particularly when healthcare practitioners are transmitting medical data.Implementing new technology is also expensive. With the introduction of 5G, old devices and infrastructure elements may be rendered incompatible. Replacing those devices will be costly for providers. Those issues will need to be ironed out with urgency, though.Dr. Joseph Kvedar, VP of connected health at Partners HealthCare, nicely summed up the implications of 5G on patient care in an interview with HealthTech Insider: “If you put in an Amazon order and it doesn’t happen, the world doesn’t stop. But if it’s your pacemaker, that’s a different matter.”While 5G technology has the potential to improve the way we deliver healthcare, providers must be incredibly strategic about how they use this new technology.With a little caution and some creative problem-solving, the next generation of internet connectivity is certain to change things for the better. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…
The process outlined above focuses on the caregiver’s priorities. When caregivers know what the focus of intervention is, and they have practiced strategies to achieve these outcomes, this can lead to increased rates of engagement within the family. Seeing and experiencing success with the targeted strategies may encourage caregivers to practice the strategies regularly during daily routines. This continued success also builds caregiver confidence. Additionally, family members begin to see value in their ideas and the work they are doing to further their child’s development.As an early interventionist, there are many strategies to choose from as you work with families of young children with disabilities or developmental delays. Utilize recommended practices from our professional communities, such as the DEC Family and Environment Recommended Practices  (i.e., F4, F5, F6, E1, E2, E3, E4). Provide family members with opportunities to try routines independently with some coaching (from professionals), and remember to build on each family’s strengths.For more information on the Matrix Session Planning approach and to access the complete planning tool, visit the EIVI Professionals web page.References1. Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments, OSEP TA Community of Practice: Part C Settings. (2008, March). Agreed upon mission and key principles for providing early intervention services in natural environments. Retrieved from http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/topics/families/Finalmissionandprinciples3_11_08.pdf2. Division for Early Childhood. (2014). DEC recommended practices in early intervention/early childhood special education 2014. Retrieved from http://www.dec-sped.org/dec-recommended-practices3. Ely, M. S., Gullifor, K., & Hollinshead, T. (2017). Family-centered early intervention visual impairment services through matrix session planning. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2. 169-174. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1137407.pdfThis post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, Ph.D., members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube. by Loretta Hayslip, Ed. M.Pixabay.com, CC0The OSEP key principles  and the DEC recommended practices  both stress the importance of routines and relationships as a part of family centered practices. When learning or practicing a new skill using familiar routines, young children apply the skills to meaningful contexts. These experiences also are linked to important individuals in the child’s life. Children are more likely to thrive when positive rapport is built with family members and other caregivers.In their 2017 article, Ely, Gullifor, and Hollinshead  discussed the implementation of family centered practices with professionals who serve families of young children with visual impairments. The authors utilized a method called the Matrix Session Planning approach. In this planning method family members are supported in meaningful ways. It begins with an early interventionist and a family member discussing the routines that may present challenges for the child such as ones the child may be unable to accomplish independently. Next the professional and family member identify possible strategies for helping the child achieve the desired outcome. From those possible strategies, one is identified as the intervention focus. This collaborative process provides families with the necessary supports to enhance their child’s development.Example: Reach for, or move towards, an object or lightPlace snack items on a dark placemat where the child must reach for the items.Use toys with sounds or lights to encourage reaching.Use a large toy related to the story, to encourage the child to reach for objects. Desired OutcomeSnack timePlaytimeStory time
In this post, discover how to make precise edits during playback in Adobe Premiere Pro – this is dynamic video editing!Premiere Pro makes it possible to dynamically trim your edit points while playing through your timeline. As playback loops around an edit point you can make precise cuts – especially useful for more complex projects as well as timing edits to music cues. To make this possible we’ll need to modify our ‘Play Around’ and ‘Loop’ settings in Premiere. So, let’s dive in…The first step is to know how to use the ‘PLAY AROUND’ function. You can either add a button to the program monitor for this function or learn the keyboard shortcut for it. I’ll show you both:The ‘Play Around’ Button in PremiereWhen you click on this button at the bottom of the program monitor (or the source monitor) …Button Editor… you get the following optional buttons which you can drag and drop alongside or underneath the present buttons in your monitor.Button OptionsWhile you can add the button to your present set of buttons and then click ‘OK’ to close the box, if you hover over any of the buttons you get a tool tip telling you what the keyboard shortcut is (if that button has one). Below I have hovered over the ‘Play Around’ button and you can see that its shortcut is ‘SHIFT + K’‘Play Around’ Button and Short-CutsNow you know what the shortcut is there’s no need to add the button and clutter up your monitor panel (but you certainly can if you choose).How Does ‘Play Around’ Work?In Premiere Pro, ‘play around‘ will will play a predetermined amount of seconds before and after a playheads starting position. The ‘play around’ default in Premiere Pro is set at 2 seconds before and 2 seconds after – giving a total play time of 4 seconds.This figure is set in your Premiere Pro preferences and can be changed to any length you wish. Simply go to your preferences: Premiere Pro > Preferences > Playback (on a MAC) or Edit > Preferences > Playback (on a PC). You can change that number here:Play Around TimingsPre-roll is the amount of time in seconds Premiere Pro will play before the starting point of the playhead and post-roll is the amount of time in seconds that Premiere Pro will play after the starting point of the playhead.For me, 2 seconds for both pre-roll and post-roll is a little long and I often find that 1 second for each is sufficient – but set it to whatever works best for you. Just as a side note, you can’t set these to fractions of a second – only to whole seconds.Looping Playback in Premiere ProPresently, we can use ‘Play Around’ with our SHIFT + K shortcut but it will only play once and then stop. What we want is for ‘Play Around‘ to continuously loop as we work on the edit point so that we don’t have to keep starting it over and over again. This is done with the ‘LOOP’ function.Once again you can add a button from the Button Editor to have a button for ‘LOOP’ in your monitor (and if you need to turn it on and off often then this may be a good option). This is the ‘LOOP’ button if you want to add it …‘LOOP’ ButtonIf you really do end up using this function a great deal it may be worth creating a keyboard shortcut for it.However, there is another way to set the ‘LOOP’ function through the panel menu and this is a good way to set it up so that it keeps looping. This works well if you don’t need to keep turning the ‘LOOP’ function off and on.Panel Menu ‘LOOP’ OptionNow that we have both ‘Play Around’ and ‘LOOP’ set up – when we hit SHIFT + K our play-head will keep looping around the place ut was originally set, until we hit the spacebar or K to stop playback.Now, let’s move on to editing.Dynamic Editing in Premiere ProTo start dynamic editing in Premiere Pro we need to get into the edit mode and this is done by simply hitting the ‘T’ key. This will snap the playhead to the nearest edit point and give us the ‘ROLLING EDIT’ tool by default.Entering Trim ModeOur ‘Program Monitor’ will look something like this:Program Monitor in ‘TRIM’ ModeHowever, when we hit SHIFT + K to start ‘Play Around’ it seems that we may have exited TRIM mode because our program monitor starts to show the 2 seconds before the play-head and the 2 seconds after the play-head and the TRIM display has gone. But do not be deceived, if you look in your timeline you will see that the edit point it still active (shown in red – see above) and available for editing.Trimming Shortcuts in PremiereWhat we need now is the ability to move the edit point right or left as needed and while this can be done with the mouse (click and drag on the edit point), the whole point of this editing technique is to get as fine control as possible over the dynamic edit. So, the best way to do this is with keyboard shortcuts while in the ‘Play Around’ mode.For a quick reminder of what the trimming keyboard shortcuts are, go back to TRIM mode by pressing ‘T’ again and getting the Program Monitor window shown above. Then hover over the buttons shown below to get the appropriate keyboard shortcut (+1 frame, -1 frame, etc). See our previous post on using “Trim Mode” in Premiere Pro for more details on trimming shortcuts.Here’s how dynamic trimming should work….Hit SHIFT + K to start ‘Play Around’ and look at your edit in the Program Monitor.Then, use ALT + Right/Left Arrow keys (on PC) or OPTION + Right/Left Arrow Keys (on Mac) to trim your edit point frame by frame.You will see it update ‘live’ as the playback continues (because you have the ‘Loop’ mode activated).If you end up trimming a clip beyond the present view, simply stop playback, reset the placing of your playhead and hit SHIFT + K once again.Then, when you want to get to the next edit point use the DOWN arrow to go down the Premiere Pro timeline or the UP arrow to come back up the timeline, hit SHIFT + K and off you go.This type of dynamic trimming in Premiere Pro can become second nature if used regularly. Happy editing!
Video editors and compositors will geek out on this impressive visual effects breakdown for the blockbuster film The Wolf of Wall Street.If you’re anything like us, you’re a sucker for visual effects breakdowns. It’s always interesting to see how they pull off ‘movie magic’…and this recent breakdown for Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street doesn’t disappoint.In the VFX breakdown video below, NYC’s Brainstorm Digital shows off the work they did on the film. It’s not a film touted for it’s special effects, so you may be surprised to see some of the detailed compositing work that went into it. Be sure to stick around for the last shot – a jailhouse scene that was completely built in post.At 3:00 minutes, this VFX breakdown is a worthwhile watch for anyone interested in filmmaking or special effects.Have you seen any other good VFX breakdowns?What did you think of Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street?Share your thoughts in the comments below!
How The EVA1 ComparesIn this same room, Panasonic also had a monitor with all of the feeds from the various cameras comparing the Varicam images to the EVA1 images and vice versa. The Varicam had a higher native ISO of 5000, compared to the EVA1’s at 2500.I’m sure this display was intended to show how well their whole range would perform in low light, but I spent a good while there just comparing the image of the EVA1 itself to its much higher-priced colleagues. Even more than the low-light capability, I was impressed by just how beautiful the color science (and image) was.This camera stands up extremely well to the Varicam, and if you were shooting with both, you could cut between the two seamlessly.I really hadn’t given this release its due until now. With the great release of the GH5 and now the capabilities of the EVA1, Panasonic has my attention.Looking for more NAB coverage? Check out these announcements.NAB 2018: The New Zeiss CP.3 Lens Line Is HereNAB 2018: Edelkrone Pushes The Dolly So You Don’t Have ToNAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers FreeNAB 2018: Aputure Upgrades Their Beloved 120d LEDNAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens At NAB 2018, the Panasonic booth is all about the EVA1 camera. After a relatively low-key release, this camera is now squarely on our radar.All images via Todd Blankenship.In keeping with a somewhat-new trend of releasing cameras with dual native ISOs (including the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k ), the Panasonic EVA1 (now shipping) is a great addition to this new approach to low light.Borrowing the approach from their popular higher-end line of Varicam cameras, Panasonic included a dual native ISO of 800/2500. This is a big deal.The EVA1 appears to be a true cinema camera, with 14 stops of dynamic range and a 5.7k image sensor. I have to admit, I’m now wondering why more people aren’t talking about this camera. The images that this thing captures are nothing short of spectacular — low-light performance aside.This year at NAB, Panasonic wanted to show off. Have a look.Dual Native ISOAt the Panasonic booth, it was clear that they believed the low-light performance of their EVA1 camera (as well as their Varicam line) was something that you had to see to believe.In a small, nearly blacked-out room, they had each of their Varicam cameras and one EVA1 unit pointed toward a small set lit by one large LED light mat and a few very small fixtures. All of the lights were probably at about 5% or less of their full output. I could barely see anything in the room. The image below is what my phone was able to capture.However, the following image is how the EVA1 saw the scene at its higher native ISO of 2500. Truly incredible.
Out of the box, the GH5 lacks a few essentials for run-and-gun videography. In this guide, we detail what you need to complete your rig — on a budget.Cover image via Panasonic.The GH5/S and the Sony A7s I/II are arguably the hottest mirrorless cameras on the market for filmmaking. When we look at their features — compared to the camera that changed the low-budget cinematic filmmaking game, the 5D Mk II — it’s bewildering to think about how much we’re getting for the price.While these cameras have fantastic filmmaking capabilities, they are, at their cores, mirrorless cameras for still photography. If you take the GH5 out the box and instantly hit the road to make a travel documentary, it won’t be impossible, but you will face a number of challenges. You need to first accessorize your camera to make it practical in the field.There are two constraints to the items listed in this article: one, this list is geared toward a run-and-gun setup for documentary or travel videography, so we want the accessories to fit in one DSLR bag; two, we’re looking to keep the accessories to a minimum of $1,000. I understand that for our student- and DIY-budget-readers $1,000 is still a lot of money — especially after you’ve just spent $2,000 on the GH5 — but low budget very rarely means no budget.As a side note, I have used all the items in this list, or I still own them. You’ll see things like the Mark I version even though there are now Mark II models on the market, but in the spirit of keeping this list budget-friendly, we’ll stick to the lower-priced options. While this budget setup is for the GH5, you can use it for inspiration for any camera in the DMC-GH series and, to some extent, most DSLR and mirrorless cameras.The Aputure VS1 Fine HD$198 New$150 aftermarketWhen you’re working in daylight, the LCD screen on the GH5 isn’t great. It wasn’t very good on the GH4, and it hasn’t got any better with the GH5s. The touchscreen has a protective coating, and as a result, the glare from direct sunlight is awful. So you’re going to need a dedicated field monitor.The VS1 Fine HD is a 1920×1200 7-inch field monitor from Aputure. It has a 450-nit brightness along with a 1,200:1 contrast ratio, which isn’t as high-performing as top-tier small monitors, but when combined with the velcro monitor hood, it provides a good budget-friendly alternative to the GH5’s LCD screen.The monitor also has extra functions, such as on-screen cropping markers. The VS1 provides 2.35:1, 1.33:1, 1.66:1, 1.85:1, 70%, 80%, and 90% markers; therefore, if you plan on cropping your footage or applying a letterbox, you won’t have to rely on guesswork.The monitor also has a useful zoom function. If you’re shooting wide open on a manual lens, even with focus peaking activated, it can be a hassle to find the correct focus point on such a small LCD screen. With the VS1, you can zoom in on the monitor itself, making that process easier. The VS1 also has a cold-shoe attachment, so you can fit the monitor directly to the top of your camera.For more insight, check out this video review. Metabones Speedbooster $400-$500 RRP$150-$300 — aftermarketViltrox EF M2: $196The Speed Booster adapter changed the game for users of APC and micro 4/3 cameras. Not only did it increase the number of lens options, as users could attach a range of full-frame lenses to their cameras, but it also provided an extra F stop and reduced focal length to the attached lens. We’ve already covered why you should use a Speed Booster with one of Panasonic’s cameras, but if you’re reading this article and don’t know what a Speed Booster is, here’s an excerpt:Using a 35mm on a GH4, which has a 2x crop factor in photo mode, would give you the equivalent field of view of a 70mm lens on a full-frame camera — or an 80(.5)mm if you’re in video mode with a 2.3x crop. However, using the Nikon G to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster, you get a 0.71x reduction, creating the equivalent field of view of a 50mm focal length, which is an incredible reduction, and it brings the lens closer to its natural field of view. Furthermore, by using the Speed Booster XL, released in 2015, you can reduce the crop factor from 2.3x to 1.5x.I genuinely believe that you’re not getting the best out of the DMC-GH series if you’re not coupling it with a Speed Booster. Unlike 2013, Metabones no longer dominates the EF/Nikor to MFT focal reducer market. Aputure released the DEC LensRegain last year at $ 589, and the Viltrox EF M2 for $196 has recently joined the scene.I’ve yet to use to the Viltrox, so I can’t recommend it at the moment, but it’s making a lot of noise on the MFT forums, and at $196 new, it seems like a hit. Nevertheless, a non-electronic aftermarket Metabones can go for the same amount, and if you use manual lenses like me, you can save money and buy a well-regarded brand. SmallRig Cage$89.99 new $55 usedSeveral years ago, there were only a few primary manufacturers of DSLR cages. Fast-forward to 2018, and there are hundreds of premium and budget-friendly cages on the market.Image via SmallRig.For $89, you get a 154 x 71 x 109mm aluminum alloy cage from SmallRig that accommodates both the GH5 and the GH5s — but not the Gh4, unfortunately (they do have a model for that). The primary reason this cage is on the list is to provide mounting options for all the other accessories — once you use up the camera’s one hot shoe mount, that’s it. The cage also provides valuable protection for the camera.The cage does not block the memory card or battery compartments, which is a persistent problem I’ve come across with knock-off cages. There are several 1/4” threaded holes all along the cage, which leads us to the next accessory on the list.SmallRig Universal Top HandleNew: $39SmallRig also offers a Top Handle for the budget-friendly price of $39. Alternatively, you could purchase both the cage and the top handle in one package for $125. The “universal” in the product’s name isn’t just for kicks; it really is universal. It can slide forward and backward to assist with balance and grip; it has 16 additional mounting points, as well as two shoe mounts on the top and back of the handle. It even has a space for an Allen key/hex key for quick adjustments and removal. All we’re missing is a folding pocket knife at this point.Image via SmallRig.RØDE VideoMic +New: $299Ever since the days of the 5D Mark II, the 7D, and The 550d/T2i, the RØDE Video mic has been the undisputed champion of DSLR microphones.The first rule of DSLR and mirrorless filmmaking is that you don’t use the onboard microphone. They’re lackluster; they will pick up the sounds of camera use; and, at best, they are only useful for syncing sound in post-production. Further, most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras don’t have the best onboard sound operations in the first place – they are photography cameras after all.Image via RØDE.In 2017, RØDE released the Videomic Pro Plus, which introduced several new features to the design. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts for over 100 hours of use. And if you use disposable batteries, the plus model now uses AA batteries instead of 9V, and the microphone will automatically switch off when you power down the camera.The microphone boasts a safety channel to prevent clipping, a two-stage high-pass filter to reduce low frequencies (great for lowering the rumble of distant vehicles), and a three-stage gain control (along with a high-frequency boost). It also has an onboard shock mount to avoid the sounds of camera use.Since the RØDE Videomic uses a supercardioid polar pattern, the mic is excellent for picking up clear sound in an exterior location while avoiding any sounds behind it. For narrative filmmaking, you’re still going to want to use a dedicated recording system, as these microphones do have their limitations, especially with distance, but for filmmaking on the go, they’re great.LCD Screen ProtectorNew: $10Perhaps it’s not as high tech as the other items in the list, but a screen protector is just as essential. While the LCD isn’t great for outdoor viewing, it is your operational hub for changing video and camera settings, and you’re going to want to take good care of it. You can pick up an LCD protector for less than $10, and once you attach it, you’ll never need to take it off.This small setup doesn’t include everything you need to make a feature film (although there’s no harm in trying), but you’re going to be in a better position to capture beautiful images on the go with this load-out.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check these out.Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online5 Production Tips for High Frame Rate VideographyHow to Design a Close-Up Shot — And When You Should Use ItThe Differences Between All-I and IPB CompressionOn Fading to Black: The Hows, The Whens, and The Whys
We’ve rounded up some some practical production advice for working with voice-over (VO) in your corporate video projects.Corporate video is all about messaging. Take a hypothetical situation that many corporate video producers face from time to time: you have a client, you have a concept, but you need a way to tie everything together to keep the messaging on point. You can use on-screen text, but that can get boring. You can also use talking-head interviews with corporate spokespeople, but those can be unreliable.A common solution to just about all corporate video messaging problems is adding voice-over narration. While you should never over-use it or rely on it as a crutch to present information, it can be quite practical, and it can give your video a clear voice and direction. Let’s look at these seven tips for finding voice-over talent, getting quality audio recording, and creating dynamic corporate videos that your clients will love.1. Script and ApproveWhen working in corporate video, the client reigns supreme. Yes you could probably make a killer corporate video on your own with no input, but the industry seldom works that way. You need to maintain consistent and clear communication with your clients throughout the process — and nowhere is that more important than in pre-production and scripting.Before you can record your voice-over, you’ll need a script that is planned-out, drafted, revised, reviewed, and signed-off on by your client. If other agencies are involved, make sure they’ve seen the script and have given their approval before you proceed. Even if you can pass the bill along, it’s not in anyone’s best interest to have to re-shoot or re-record down the line.2. Start with In-House TalentImage via Tsian.One trick I learned working on my fair share of corporate voice-over videos is to start with your in-house resources. If you’re confident in your own voice, it can help if you simply record your voice-over track yourself. This will not, and should not, be the final tracking, but it will help you as you begin to lay out your storyboard and shooting schedule. You can check for any awkward phrases, as well as a get a good idea of timing and pacing.3. Consider ProfessionalsOnce you’ve laid out your dummy track, you can begin building out the rest of your video around it. When you’re comfortable with the fit and tone of your voice-over, you can look at other resources. Professional voice-over actors are great, and (if you have the budget), bringing one in-house to record is always the best approach. You can find voice-over actors through talent agencies or other local resources, and you can make casting decisions based on the particulars of your project.4. Online ServicesImage via TZIDO SUN.However, you may be able to work cheaper and quicker with online services. We’ve listed some popular online services below, and many of these work pretty much the same as any other agency — you can review samples and ask for auditions based on segments of your script. Once you get your recordings, you can ask for tweaks, changes, and even new script recordings.VoiceBunnyVoices.comSpeedySpotsFiverr (for the real quick and simple) 5. Quality Voice-Over AudioWhen recording in-house and with professionals via an online service, you should always strive for the highest-quality audio recording. For in-house recording, consider using either a dedicated sound studio or DIY-quiet room. (Here’s a great article on how to record quality voice-over narration.) When working with online services, always make sure that they offer RAW recording files. If they’re sending over .mp3s that only take a few seconds to download, you’re not getting the high-quality .wav originals.6. Know Your Audio Export SettingsImage via iamwayclick.Depending on how and where your client is going to use your final deliverable, you need to be aware of optimal export settings for both video and audio. Vimeo, for example, currently recommends 2-channel stereo audio exported using the AAC-LC (Advanced Audio Codec) at 320 kbit/s and a 48 kHZ sample rate. However, if you’re shooting broadcast or large format, you’ll need to check to make sure your export settings will match up.7. Review and Sign-OffAs with the beginning reviews and sign-offs of working with corporate video clients, you’ll need to be aware of the same issues when finishing up your drafts and exporting your final deliverables. I can tell you from experience that a project is never really over until every relevant party has seen and reviewed the final draft. Sometimes it’s inevitable that revisions will come after-the-fact, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing your due diligence and pushing for final revisions and reviews before you make your final exports with your professional VO tracks.Cover image by mansong suttakarn.For more information on using voice over and corporate video production, check out some of these articles.How to Record a Voice-Over Straight in Premiere Pro’s TimelineSet Your Corporate Videos to These Brand New Motivational TracksHow to Make Voiceovers Sound Better in AuditionAdvice on Finding Corporate Video ClientsHow to Turn a Closet Into a DIY Sound Booth
The relationship you want with your clients sounds like, “I gotta guy,” or the female version thereof.You want the kind of relationship that when a competitor calls your client, their attempt to woo them away is rejected out of hand because they have you. You want a relationship that is so strong that your customer isn’t even open to considering someone else. Ever.That relationship protects you from competitive threats, and it helps you to build your business. Whenever anyone mentions to your client that they have some problem that you could easily take care of, you want your client to recommend you.But if you are going to create and hold this place over time, you are going to have to earn that level of loyalty.You are going to have to execute flawlessly for some time. You are going to have to perform.To be the person that your client can count on, you need to have serious chops, and deep subject matter expertise. You are going to have to be well read and on top of what the future holds.You are also going to have to go above and beyond anything that your client might expect of you. You are going to have to go the extra mile, and make visible that you have done so.Being “the guy” or “the girl” means being proactive. You are going to have to take care of things before your client even knows that they need to take care of them.I’ve heard people say, “I don’t want a client that calls me after hours or on weekends.” What they are really saying is that they want someone else to be that client’s go-to person.If you want loyalty, you have to earn it. If your goal is lifetime clients, this is what it takes.
Every salesperson should be able to make a cold call, shake hands like a professional, tell a good story, smile when stepping into a room, plan a sales call, improvise under pressure, connect with people, write an email, write a proposal, resolve other people’s concerns, ask good questions, listen without interrupting, be kind and enlist the help of a gatekeeper, change a tire, shine shoes, entertain clients and prospects, travel with only a carry-on bag, help others discover something about themselves, persist without being a nuisance, take excellent notes, follow up on meetings, ask for commitments, keep commitments, run a meeting, avoid certain meetings, create new opportunities, discern when someone is hiding the truth from them, know enough jokes to entertain a small crowd for an hour, make other people feel good about themselves, help people make difficult changes, cite from enough books to be conversational, have an awareness of current events, be able to avoid conversations about politics, religion, and sex, research their dream clients, control their own attitude and state, negotiate with others and groups of others, play the role of diplomat, know who is playing in the championship game, write a LinkedIn profile, synthesize what they have researched and learned, use a CRM, speak to Executive Leaders, collect past due invoices while retaining the client, delegate tasks to their team, have difficult conversations, ask for a referral, share the right insight with the right person at the right time, leave a compelling voicemail, program their smart phone, create a spreadsheet and a pivot table, calculate the gross profit on a deal, send a thank you note, apologize, manage expectations, speak truth with power, know when to walk away from a bad deal, ask for the business, control the process, make good decisions under pressure, bring their executive leadership team into a deal, and know where to get a good cup of coffee. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
An eight-hour workday is made up of four, two-hour blocks. You can use three blocks of ninety minutes for focused sales work, with thirty minutes after each block to respond to anything that needs your attention. If your role requires more time to respond to email and voicemail, you can use sixty minutes of your last hour for focused sales work and use the final hour of your day to fight the never-ending deluge of emails and message that pour into your inbox, most of which will do nothing to move you closer to your goals.Do meaningful work that makes a difference for others and that moves you closer to your goals. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Time management is critical for salespeople. Yet many salespeople struggle because they want to be available to their clients. Here is how to think about managing your time in sales.When you are in a sales call, you do not have your email open. You also aren’t monitoring your phone for incoming texts or emails or one of the many other forms of notifications that continually distract you throughout the day. You wouldn’t dream of offending the person you are sitting across from by being distracted by these things, nor would you want to waste the gift of their time. For some period between, say, sixty and ninety minutes, you give your attention to what’s most important, without any fear of negative consequences from some message you might miss. For many, however, outside of a sales meeting, it is impossible to find them without their inbox open and smartphone dominating their time.The Lies We Tell Ourselves About AvailabilityThere are very few negative consequences for being away from your email for ninety minutes at a time—and likely none for your absence over more extended periods. When the downside risk is extremely low and the upside so great it’s impossible to measure, there is no reason to allow false beliefs and bad habits to cause you to choose former over the latter.“Wait,” you say. “Iannarino, what if I am away from my email when one of my clients sends me something important?” The question itself is an excuse and carries no weight in determining how you work unless you are willing to concede that it is also necessary to have your inbox open when you are meeting with a prospective client. Would you be willing to subject this hypothetical client who might email with an equally theoretical important message to looking at the top half of your face hovering over your laptop lid while you scanned your inbox for notes so important they prevented you from giving them your undivided attention? I suggest you would not.“What if I am away when the dream client I have been working on for months calls me back,” you ask. Here, we must again refer to the paragraph above, as there is no difference from a message in the first communication medium and the second. If you are willing to miss the call because you are in a face-to-face meeting with a client or prospect without fear of losing an opportunity, then you have already lost the argument. In any of the cases above, you act as if the client sending the message would excuse your absence if you were in a face-to-face meeting, treating the same absence differently were giving your full attention and focus over to something else. Your hypothetical client doesn’t know that you are not in a face-to-face meeting.The lie that you need to be available at every moment through your inbox or phone deprives you of the focused time and attention on the critical things you need to do to succeed in sales.What You Believe Is ImportantHow you manage communication is evidence of your mindset and your priorities, two factors critical to success in any endeavor, but with heightened importance to salespeople (and sales managers) due to the nature of our goals and responsibilities.It is not healthy to believe that you will experience a negative outcome, personally or professionally, by being unavailable throughout periods of the day. This belief indicates you think your role is something other than sales, that your position is that of an account manager or customer service rep or some role that might require you to be at your client’s beck and call. Even more, this mindset suggests you believe you are servile, subservient, and that you create so little value that your unavailability for a relatively short time would cause you harm.More still, the belief that you can’t give something else your full focus and attention demonstrates your priorities. An unwillingness to close your inbox and silence your phone is an indication that you prefer to be reactive to being proactive. It proves that you are open to any distraction that might give you something to do now instead of the work you need to do.In many cases, it means choosing what Present You wants over what Future You wants. Future You wants you to create the new opportunities necessary to reaching your goals. Future You also wants you to improve your results and your income. Present You wants to look busy, so it wants you to react to everything in real-time so it can tell the story about why you can’t do what Future You knows is necessary. Present You like things that look like work, but that does little to produce results. One of the behaviors that best demonstrates the conflict between your present actions and your future outcomes is the willingness to leave your inbox open, responding to email in real-time instead of prospecting, following up, and building a pipeline.I will concede without argument that everything is important, including every email that shows up in your inbox, knowing that some significant percentage of those messages are not and very few are both urgent and important. I will ask you to concede that everything is not—and cannot be—most important. The Pareto principle suggests that eighty-percent of your results come from twenty percent of your actions. What, then, deserves your full focus and attention?How to Live on Ninety MinutesGive yourself over to some task or some project or some important outcome for ninety minutes. Close your inbox, silence your phone, and shut down any other potential distraction. At the end of those ninety minutes, open your email, scan it for anything that might be urgent and important, or substantial enough for you to act on it now. This strategy is no different from what you would do were you on a sales call, and should you decide to use that ninety minutes for prospecting, you will no doubt have many more periods of unavailability because you will have many more meetings.
At least 435 civilians living in the border areas were displaced as fresh shelling by Pakistan Rangers on the Line of Control (LoC) disrupted life in Rajouri district in the Pir Panchal Valley.“A total of 2,180 civilians are living in relief camps now. The fresh ceasefire violation on Tuesday night forced evacuation of 435 more people to the camps,” Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said .On the crossfireThe official said bullet-proof bunkers and ambulances were used to shift the civilians following heavy shelling in the Balakote sector.A defence spokesman said the violation of the ceasefire started at 12.50 p.m. and continued till 1.30 p.m. Small arms, automatic weapons and 82 mm and 120 mm mortars were also used earlier in the evening in Nowshera sector, said the spokesman. “A fitting reply was given to Pakistan’s violation,” he added.The areas affected by the shelling included Ans Bhandhaar, Lam and Kalsian.Three civilians were killed and around seven injured in the past one week due to shelling by the Pakistan Rangers in Rajouri district.National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana has cautioned against the tendency to make the LoC “a political theatre.”Collective strategyHe called for a collective strategy towards minimising the suffering of the border dwellers. “We urge all the political parties to rise above politics and work towards seeking a safe, secure and better life for our people, who remain at the receiving end whenever border skirmishes take place,” Mr. Rana said, during his visit to Nowshehra sector of Rajouri. He said successive governments at the Centre promised construction of shelters, community bunkers, allotment of plots and jobs to the border youth. “On the ground, there has been no forward movement,” he alleged.
A farmers’ rally to Champaran, led by social activists Yogendra Yadav and Medha Patkar, was stopped on its way to Pipalia Mandi, where five peasants were killed in police firing last month.The activists and farmers had planned a meeting at the Bahi-Phanta area of Madhya Pradesh to condole the death of the five people and a subsequent rally from Pipalia Mandi.They were stopped on their way to Pipalia Mandi, around 17 km from the district headquarters, and taken in buses to the Dalauda area, district Collector O.P. Shrivastava told PTI.“We have not arrested them. We have just taken them to Dalauda where they had planned to spend the night,” he said.The collector said the district administration had not given permission to farmers’ bodies to hold a condolence meeting at Bahi-Phanta or to take out a rally from Pipalia Mandi, where the situation is still tense.The farmers’ leaders were told that they were free to hold a meeting at any place in the district, barring Pipalia Mandi and Bahi-Phanta, Mr. Shrivastava said.Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha chief Jaswinder Singh, who was also taken to the Dalauda area, told PTI, “Now we are planning a vehicle rally from Dalauda to demand remunerative prices for agriculture produce and farm loan waiver, among other things”.Mr. Singh said the rally would pass through Maharashtra, Gujarat and reach New Delhi on July 18, where farmers will hold a demonstration in front of Parliament.The vehicle rally will continue from the national capital and culminate at Champaran in Bihar on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, he added. Gandhi had led a peasants’ movement in Champaran a hundred years ago.Earlier, the farmers’ leaders held a public meeting close to Krishi Mandi, before moving towards Pipalia Mandi.In their addresses, they demanded the immediate implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission report on the welfare of farmers.Among other things, the commission had recommended fixing a minimum support price for crops at 50 per cent more than the cost of production.Meanwhile, Congress leaders, led by party general secretary Mohan Prakash and state unit president Arun Yadav, also staged a protest on the crisis in the agriculture sector at Malhargarh in the district.
A day after several teachers blocked the National Highway No. 1 (NH-1) near Ludhiana during a protest in support of their demands, the Punjab Police has registered a case against around 7,000 unnamed teachers for obstructing public way.The Opposition parties, including the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party, have come out support of the protesting teachers who were allegedly ‘lathi-charged’ by the police.20 teachers named“An FIR has been registered against 7,000 teachers who blocked the NH-1 at Ludhiana-Jalandhar bypass during Sunday’s agitation. While 20 teachers have been named in the FIR, the rest are unnamed,” said a police officer.The case has been registered at the Salem Tabri police station under section 283 (Danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation) and 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) against the teachers.The teachers, who held the protest under the banner of Punjab Joint Front of Teachers (PJFT), are opposing the State government’s move to fix their salary for first three years at the basic pay of little over ₹10,000 per month.Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira, while condemning the ‘lathi-charge’, has demanded that the State government fulfil genuine demands of the teachers.“I strongly condemn the lathi-charge on the protesting teachers at Ludhiana. I also condemn removal of turbans of the Sikhs. Besides, I support their legitimate demand for regular jobs as promised by Capt. Amarinder Singh’s government,” said Mr. Khaira.Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has also condemned the alleged lathi-charge on teachers, saying that the teachers were protesting because the Congress government was refusing to honour its pre-election promise to regularise all contractual teachers.
Pune: Veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Thursday alleged that some parties were trying to smear his reputation and target his movement by linking it with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).Mr. Hazare said there were some reports in the media recently that an activist Kalpana Inamdar, who was part of his new core committee before his indefinite hunger strike on March 23, was a relative of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.“Several new activists were chosen from different parts of the country to be part of my core committee… Ms. Inamdar was one of them. However, some articles reportedly said she was a relative of Godse and that I had entrusted the reins of my agitation to her,” said Mr. Hazare. He clarified that Ms. Inamdar, was only managing the stage at the start of his hunger strike at Ramlila Maidan.“Neither I nor my agitation for the demand of Jan Lokpal have had any ties with the Sangh. Yet, through local media, my agitation is being given an RSS slant by falsely linking Kalpana Inamdar with the Sangh and Nathuram Godse. In fact, I was not even acquainted with Ms. Inamdar prior to my latest agitation,” he said, adding, however, that he was “not perturbed at the smear campaign against him.”Without naming anybody, Mr. Hazare hinted that the allegations were perpetrated by both ruling and opposition parties whose feathers, the octogenarian crusader claimed to have ruffled with his movement demanding a Jan Lokpal.Mr. Hazare said he was in consultation with his lawyers and was soon planning to file a defamation suit against some parties in the Bombay High Court.Mr. Hazare’s week-long ‘indefinite’ strike at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi witnessed a noticeable decline in participation as against 2011. Mr. Hazare, however, stressed that his movement had exposed the corruption of several leaders within the ruling and opposition parties.“There is this conspiracy to taint me for links to the RSS. For several decades, I have steered clear of any party or individual and have thought only for the welfare of society,” he said.