As a part of a special series to help launch Duct Tape Selling we’ve asked the marketing experts at many of the valuable resources mentioned in the new book to teach us a thing or two about selling. Call Recorder is mentioned in chapter 7 – Teaching Sells. Enjoy the below post from Glen Aspeslagh from Ecamm.
Online interviews with experts can captivate and inspire. Using Skype and Ecamm Call Recorder makes recording as easy as placing a phone call. With just a few quick steps, and a little practice, conducting an inspiring interview can be just as easy.
Nothing detracts from an interview quite like bad sound quality. Fortunately, it’s easy to achieve professional sound quality with just a few simple steps. Perhaps most important is keeping audio isolated. When recording a call, you’re actually recording two things: your voice, picked up by your microphone, and your guest’s voice, which gets played out of your computer’s speakers. If your microphone picks up sound from the speakers, your guest’s voice may end up getting recorded twice. During playback, this will give the guest’s voice an annoying, unprofessional echo.
Didn’t follow that? Don’t worry. To prevent an echo from happening, just be sure to always use some form of headphones during a recording, rather than your computer speakers. This will isolate the two sides of the call, and result in a clean sound.
Most computers have a decent built-in microphone, so it can often be relied upon in a pinch. However, in some cases it may pick up a humming sound from the computer’s cooling fan. If you notice this in your recordings, you’ll also need to use an external microphone.
While many podcasters prefer professional headphones and studio microphone on an articulated stand, we’ve found that a simple USB headset/microphone combination is all that’s needed. These headset are usually available for about $40, and connect to your Mac using a USB cable. Connect the headset, and then select it in Skype Audio/Video settings for both audio input and output.
If you don’t have a headset, just use earbuds, such as the pair that came with your iPhone or iPad. If you’re creating a video interview, this will also look a lot less bulky.
Now that you’re set-up for your interview, attend to your guest’s audio too. Don’t be shy about giving your guest specific instructions. If they’re using a regular phone, ensure that the call quality is sufficient for your purposes. If they’re also using Skype, you may want to have them use a headset.
Once you’ve placed the call, don’t feel compelled to start the interview right away. Chatting for a while beforehand is a great way to get comfortable, and the longer you chat, the more relaxed and conversational the interview will sound.
You should also make it clear to your guest beforehand whether or not you plan to do any editing afterward. That way, they know that whatever they say will be the final interview. Avoiding doing any editing is also a great time saver.
Finally, don’t rush through the introduction. Use the beginning of the interview as an opportunity to speak directly to your audience, as if the guest has not yet arrived. This is where any important detail or sponsor information should be mentioned. Once you’ve completed your the intro, introduce the your special guest!
About The Author:
Glen Aspeslagh is one of the founders of Ecamm Network, a Mac software company based in Massachusetts.