To get ready for your next speech, sales pitch, interview, webinar, or vocal performance, it’s a good idea to warm up your voice. Listen to these hints brought to you by Boca Video, Evoca’s new iPhone app for DIY video-making and sharing.
Teleconferencing can be a great way to reach hundreds of people all over the globe without having to leaving your home or office. But if you are the only presenter during a teleconference, there are several guidelines you need to follow to ensure success. Need to record the conference call? Evoca makes it easy to record phone and Skype conference calls, including the audio stream of video calls, and then easily saving and sharing the MP3 recording file from your cloud-based Evoca account.
1. Stand, don’t sit while speaking. Your breathing, energy and volume will be much better if you stand. At least get up from time to time to re-energize yourself.
2. You can’t take visual cues from your audience, therefore you can’t count on natural dialogue happening in your teleconference the way it would in a normal small group presentation.
3. Because no one else is asking questions during the first part of your presentation (the usual structure of a tightly timed 60 or 90 minute teleseminar is to hold questions until the end), you will find that you will get more tired and your throat may get drier than when giving a normal presentation. Have water handy. Read more
Want to get promoted or reach the top of your chosen career ladder? If you are not yet fluent in English, you may want to include English language learning in your professional development. Already fluent in English? Learning a second or third language could prepare you to become a global leader.
Dorie Clark, CEO of Clark Strategic Communications and Forbes contributor, shares what experts are saying about the connection between language proficiency and career success in different global industries.
In her Forbes magazine article, English – The Language of Global Business?, Clark states “for better of worse – it seems that English may be the most essential language for global business success at the moment. Indeed, even in powerhouse China, more people are currently studying English than in any other country.”
Clark quotes a new study of 1.6 million online test-takers in more than 50 countries conducted by EF Education First, a company specializing in English language training. Global industries requiring proficiency in English include travel and tourism, consulting, telecommunications, engineering, aviation, technology, and banking and financial services. Read more
I recently had the pleasure of being asked to host a video contest for a new social media video app, Boca Video, by the company Evoca. Based out of Savannah, Georgia, this neat app was recently rated one of the “Top 100 Best iPhone & iPad apps of 2012″ by Addictive Tips. This is nothing like any other video app I have seen out on the market.
So, what is Boca?
Boca Video is a free iPhone app that creates engaging videos on the go, simply by using your own photos and voice. You can immediately share your videos on Facebook, YouTube, Dropbox and email. The Boca Video format is well suited for online advertising, daily deals, viral promotions, product reviews, field reports, news updates, and how-to’s. Read more
Easy as opening your mouth
Locally-created app allows simple, personalized video for everyone
By Jessica Leigh Lebos, Connect Savannah
In the age of RedBullTV and other corporate YouTube channels, more companies are using videos to promote their wares and services. But what about small businesses with neither the time, budget nor access to produce professional videos to keep up with and expand their customer base?
That’s the niche Boca Video, a new iPhone app developed in Savannah, is aiming to fill.
Developed by Savannah-based company Evoca, Boca Video simplifies the video process by employing technology most people are already comfortable with: Users download the app to their phone, choose a few photos from their camera roll, add a recording in their own voice, and boom — there’s a 30–second curated video that can be emailed or uploaded to Twitter, Facebook or any other site instantly, no editing necessary.
Through market research, Evoca found that most people are “video–challenged,” frustrating themselves with wobbly, grainy footage and soundtrack syncing. Hiring someone to do the job is not always feasible for small businesses, and the company set out to create a simple alternative anyone with a smartphone could figure out.
The Evoca staff will host a “Launch and Learn” lunchtime event at the Creative Coast on Friday, Feb. 8. Attendees can enjoy demonstrations as well as a contest for the best video made on the spot.
“Our breakthrough was really in deeply understanding how people like or don’t like to create digital content,” says Evoca CEO Murem Sharpe. “We know people want it but it’s hard to make decent video. We want to become the go–to, easy–breezy video production app.” Read more
When you are recording your own voice for a podcast or recording an interview or conference call with others, you can capture good quality voice recordings using these tips from the pros.
- Choose a location where you can keep a consistent environment to ensure the best sound quality. Limit all background noise.
- Turn off any feature alerts to limit any interruptions and prevent distractions.
- Avoid using your speaker phone. Instead use a regular or bluetooth headset ear buds with microphone. Read more
When Amilcar Maceo Priestley, Director of the AfroLatino Project, was seeking a technology partner to facilitate the digital creation and curation of the cultures, histories and experiences of Afrodescendant people in the Americas, he selected Evoca. The cloud-based voice recording and publishing service provides three easy-to-use and accessible methods for audio recording: phones, Skype, and online recorder.
“Evoca incorporates all of the Web 2.0 tools that are familiar to many people. It gives participants the convenience of telling their stories at a time and location that are convenient to them”, Priestley reported. “We looked at all of the other options and Evoca was the best fit for our project. It’s a great tool”, he added. Murem Sharpe, Evoca CEO, said “Enabling people of the AfroLatino diaspora to share their stories around the world is an ideal use of Evoca’s global voice-to-web services. We are honored to support the Project.”
Hear more about the Project’s history and activities from Amilcar Priestley, its Director, interviewed by Murem Sharpe, Evoca CEO. Use the player below or visit the recording page view.
Learn more about the Project’s Mission, Vision, Goals, and Past Initiatives below, in English and Spanish. Read more