9/23/2022

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Miscellaneous Tips

Captioning becoming mandatory on videosBob Wendover

For those who don’t add captioning to the videos they publish online, this survey by Preply demonstrates why it has now become an expected feature. 70% of GenZ and 53% of Millennials say they watch content with text most of the time, compared to slightly more than one third of older respondents.


Easy self-recording solutionMilo Shapiro

Consider recording yourself with the free solution that you already use: Zoom! Start a Zoom session, press record and then stop at the end. When you leave the session, it will generate an MP4 video for you.

Terrific for showing a slide deck if you add in the “screen share” option, which makes you a small box in the corner. Don’t want to be seen at all? Turn off your camera and the recording feature is smart enough to know to remove your box entirely, instead of leaving your still image or name there like in Zoom meetings.


Two ways to refute powerful playersVickie Sullivan

A moment from TEDWomen 2021 that I can’t stop thinking about: how environmentalist Ozawa Bineshi Albert totally negated a presenter who spoke before her at the event.

What happened: Speaker #1, who represented the business interest, touted that while we may not be on track yet, big business is ready to step up with strong climate change commitments. Albert responded with an on-the-ground assessment not only on that meeting, but also on the agreements that took place at 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).Their interchange begs the question: How do we refute powerful players? Here are two tactics you can take from Albert’s playbook:

  • Focus on the impact. Albert gave concrete examples of why the major commitment — carbon trading credits — really didn’t benefit those on the ground. By shifting the stage from big idea to the ground level, she made room for good intentions, which softened the blow. (She didn’t cut slack on the impact though.)
  • Focus on the players. Albert noted that she and other front-line leaders couldn’t attend COP26 due to admission criteria. And that set the stage for this bombshell: The biggest attendance came from fossil fuel lobbyists. This lack of participation from serious stakeholders lessened the credibility of the ideas presented.

Contradicting powerful forces takes some finesse. Appear too strident, and you’ll be dismissed as “radical.” Appear too soft, and you’ll be ignored. Albert balanced the two expertly. I highly suggest checking out Albert’s talk; it’s an excellent inspiration and example.


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Travel Tips

Carry zip-lock bagsRebecca Morgan

(I always assume frequent travelers know the tricks I’ve learned along the way. I’m often wrong about this.) A simple trick is to carry a few various-sized zip-lock bags. I am always happy to have them. They’re great for corralling small items so they don’t get lost, secreting a snack for a day trip, packing a damp swimsuit, etc.


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