Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New camera!

Bought a new DSLR camera today - the Canon EOS 7D kit, with a 15-85 IS lens. It's going to be main tool (besides my laptop) for doing business with Rogue Wave Communications. Can't wait to start playing around with it, get used to all the bells and whistles. Not only does this camera take great shots, it's also on the forefront of digital camera technology for shooting nice video.

Now to get a shotgun mic and a good tripod with fluid head.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Open for Bidness

Registered my business name today on the government website. Took all of five minutes, and now I have a business number, so I'm officially accepting contracts for writing and editing. Don't have a vid cam yet, so I'll have to hold off on web video production, but I'm getting there. It's pretty exciting!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Final Cut Pro

Took the next step in launching my writing/editing, web video business: installed Final Cut Pro 7. Or rather, the local web video guru, Ian MacKenzie, installed it for me. Thanks, Ian! Can't wait to get a camera now, and get to creating some awesome mini docs and promo videos! 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Master of Toast?

So I'm thinking about joining Toastmasters to improve my speaking and communication skills. On paper, there's always time to delete and re-phrase, check over spelling or grammar mistakes, and there's never any "ums" or "ahs." On the phone, or in talking to someone, however, there's much to be improved upon.

I remember elementary and high school speeches being mandatory in English class. I didn't mind them, but I was never great at delivering a knock-out talk. Watching Ted talks makes me think it would be pretty amazing to hold an audience's attention and move and inspire people with my spoken words...without using cue cards.

I've heard Toastmasters is a well-organized program to learn to give a good speech. I'm sure many a best man has signed up for the program in order to get some tips in being a better orator. Nothing impresses like a good, witty speech delivered with confidence and eloquent turns of phrase. I'd like to be able to be ready at any moment to step onto a soap box and gesticulate wildly about anything at a moment's notice. Be good to have that skill in my back pocket.

But is Toastmasters all it's cracked up to be? I haven't heard of any of the "famous Toastmasters" listed on the organization's website. They seem to be mostly American senators. I have no aspirations to wax poetic about US politics... so maybe there are other options I've yet to discover. But I'll check out what a membership to Toastmasters is all about and maybe drop in on a meeting at least once, just to see if it's actually a cult. If anyone has any advice about other ways to improve speaking skills, I'm all ears.