Choosing a Microphone for Courses, Webinars and Live Streams

tools and resources Feb 12, 2019
 

Choosing a microphone is one of the most important pieces in your toolkit when it comes to creating your courses, webinars and live streams.  Why?  People may forgive bad lighting, tech issues that occur during a live stream but the same is not true for bad audio. Viewers will stop watching a video if the audio is poor.

Types of Microphones

There are all types of microphones that range from $20 or so to several thousand dollars.  However, that is not our goal.  We want a microphone that works in various scenarios and one that won't break the bank. Let's check out the different types.

Computer Microphones

By far, these are the lowest forms of microphones.  They sound good-enough to hear our music or maybe watch a movie but when it comes to sound quality for a course, webinar or live stream, you definitely want something more.  

Lavalier Mics

Lavalier or Lav mics come in a variety of flavors. Some connect direct to the camera or computer while...

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Create Your Course for FREE with Loom

loom tools and resources Jan 31, 2019

One of the common questions that I receive is "How to record or create a course that is not too difficult?"  Well today, you are in luck because I have a tool that is FREE and awesome to use.

A full demo of using loom is below:

Use Loom

If you have not used or heard of Loom, then you just missed my joke.  The company, Loom, at useloom.com, created a browser-based app that allows you to create records for FREE

Who doesn't like FREE?

You can record your desktop and/or your camera.  In fact, Loom has recently built a desktop version that is in beta right now and not open to the public but you can join the waitlist. It looks promising.

Getting Started with Loom

You will need Google Chrome's Web browser to install it as "an extension".  Don't worry about the geek speak as the process is quick and painless.

 

Go to useloom.com to create your account. Sign-in using Google, Slack or your email account.

Next, select the Loom icon from your...

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Top 4 Reasons to Get GMAIL, Docs, Drive and Calendar For Small Businesses

As soon as you buy a domain name, one of your first steps is to setup email but what business solution should you choose? Some domain registrars and web hosting companies offer basic email but that is great if that is all you want versus E-mail and a suite of business tools.

The top 3 E-mail business solutions are Microsoft, Google and Zoho.  You may not be familiar with Zoho but like Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite, Zoho offers a cloud-based solution for e-mail and collaborative business tools.  The business solutions offer Web-based E-mail, a document or word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program, a virtual drive to save and share information as well as additional tools.

The following items were considered when evaluating Business E-mail solutions and tools:

  • Ease of Use/Setup
  • Integration
  • Features
  • Cost

Can you imagine that you would like to track whether a business email was opened such as ActiveCampaign or Mailchimp? Imagine that a visitor...

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