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Anxiety of recording

First sorry to miss you all last Sunday - as a penance I'm going to get up at 1.30am tonight to join whoever manages the 8.30 EST mini-meet.

But the great news is I did take part on Sunday - albeit asynchronously. Like the student who sends their tape recorder to the lecture, there is always the danger that I may never appear and take part in real time again, but I'm missing you all already. This is why the webcast/podcast model is a valid, valuable approach. As participants I think we understand the significance of the social value of using this technology. The social aspect therefore is equally about the need/desire to give as well as take (or listen).

Art has posted on the questions raised by Sus concerning troubles recording and speaking in public. First, as others including Jeff, mentioned - you are not alone Sus. I've been doing a fair amount of podcasting over the last year or so. Because of my project objectives, I have set out purposefully to take various approaches to this - a rapid learning technique. This includes trying to find out best approaches to monologues. I have concluded little so far other than,

  • I am now scripting short passages such as mini-features, and links to avoid "ums", "errs" and stutters. Such problems tend to happen when I am recording alone and sound worse because I know it is not natural to talk to yourself and basically I get very self-concoius.
  • I was going to suggest sticking a picture up of a friend on the wall near where you record and speaking to 'that friend', and I see Art has mentioned how he used to talk to the engineer. One way or another it may be useful to have at least a mental picture of a single person who you talk to.
  • If using a script, as has been said, keep the sentences as short as possible. This also helps with editing, it helps with breathing, but most importantly it helps to know that in each sentence you are saying one thing only and this helps you to focus just on that.
  • I agree with Art about the need to script using more casual language - and even putting in the odd 'umm' every now and then to keep it loose!
  • Don't stick to the script! That's shocking! Once you have scripted you will have practiced finding the right words and the right way of putting them in order. Maybe that's all one needs to do? I'm even likely to try this in live conversations - make a few notes of words that would be useful in making a point. (BTW I've never done this in a live situation, but may try it)
  • Go out of your way to have conversations rather than monologues - you can get away with any amount of 'umms' and 'errs' in a dialogue. I still have to learn that I need to still focus on one point at a time and find I can confuse other people like an expert!
Well, I don't know if any of this helps, but I do feel that it is one of my personal major battles at the moment. Thank you for raising it on Sunday.

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