HumorOutcasts Interview with Mary Farr “If I Could Mend Your Heart”

Marr Farr Book CropOur guest on this podcast episode is Mary Farr. Mary has been a guest before in regard to her book, If I Could Mend Your Heart” which deals with the subject of managing grief. This sorrow may be due to the loss of life but also any event or circumstance which heavily impacts our lives.

We talk about these subjects again and this time around we discuss how the techniques of managing loss and stress may relate to people who are strongly being impacted by the Covid19 crisis.

Even though these are a difficult themes, this is not a depressing discussion. Mary’s message is that often times carving out an alternative and positive path in life can be a part of how we manage stress and difficult times.

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Mary Farr and Billy Dees

Donna Cavanagh and Mary Farr have teamed up to offer non-profits and other organizations bulk and package rates for the book. For more information please contact Donna at Donna@HOPress-ShorehouseBooks.com. Donna also was responsible for setting up this interview for HumorOutcasts.com.

You can find more information about Mary Farr and her books on her blog Desire to Inspire.

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and many others under the Billy Dees Podcast.

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Interview with Mary Farr – If I Could Mend Your Heart

HumorOutcasts Interview with Daniela V. Gitlin, MD Author of “Practice, Practice, Practice: This Psychiatrist’s Life”

PracticeCoverthumbnailThis HumorOutcasts interview is with Daniela V. Gitlin, MD who is the author of, “Practice, Practice, Practice: This Psychiatrist’s Life.”

Daniela’s book gives you a view of therapy sessions from her side of the couch along with transcripts of what’s going through her mind as she’s working. Along with stories from her growing up and training years, the majority of the book spans 25 years of rural psychiatric practice. Written with candor and a light touch, these clinical and personal tales reveal a way of thinking that is essential for living actively, fully, and doing good work with a sense of wonder.

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Daniela V. Gitlin, MD

The interview is lighthearted, informative, and entertaining. Even if mental health fields are not of a particular interest to you, her career journey and life experiences are worth a listen. Much of the same can be said about the book. If you are in the field of mental health I’m sure you will find the material that much more stimulating but even as a novice or just someone who is just curious about human behavior, the book might very well be worth your time.

The interview was set up by the publisher, Corner Office Books and HumorOutcasts.com.  You can find out more about Daniela at DanielaGitlin.com.

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and many others under the Billy Dees Podcast.

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Interview with Daniela Gitlin Author of “Practice Practice Practice …”

Interview with Catherine Bosley about Her Advocacy of Avoiding Online Digital Dangers

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Catherine Bosley

Our guest on this episode of the Billy Dees Podcast is Catherine Bosley, an accomplished speaker, group consultant, personal coach, and television journalist.

Her mission is to help people stay safe in this day of increasing “digital dangers.”

Her passion is as an advocate of hope for those who have been victims of cyber humiliation and bullying. A better you can emerge on the other side once we find the steadfast inner strength that she believes we all possess.

During this interview Catherine talks about her background and experiences as a public figure and why she is such a strong advocate for online safety. We cover the topic of how some people are currently venting their negative opinions and frustrations regarding the Covid19 crisis on social media and how those online remarks could potentially come back to haunt them. We then discuss 5 online tips to avoid falling into this trap.

We also cover numerous categories of “digital dangers” that social media usage and online activities in general can often pose.

If the worst does happen, and we fall victim to a cyber catastrophe of some kind, the interview concludes with Catherine’s recommendations of how we can regain control of the situation.

You can find out more about Catherine Bosley on her website which is CatherineBosley.com.  You can also find her on Twitter @CBosley19.

You can find my podcast interview with Catherine Bosley on most of the major podcast platforms under the Billy Dees Podcast including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

For your convenience the full interview is here:

We also have her TEDx talk from YouTube available right here:

The Billy Dees Podcast is Now on YouTube

Billy Dees Podcast on YouTubeI have been producing a fair amount of video content for my clients and employers for a long time. However, for whatever reason I haven’t had YouTube flashing prominently on my radar for myself.

There are two reasons why I have not. The Billy Dees Podcast has been a vehicle to demonstrate my audio production and radio skills.

It is the wheelhouse in which I feel comfortable. The last several years have been kind to my wheelhouse. Podcasts have exploded especially with streaming devices in the home and automobile. Audiobooks and even video creators who need voiceover work have also kept voice professionals busy. There was a time when being a voiceover professional was a niche profession and now there are schools and online courses to develop the skills of a burgeoning marketplace.

Secondly, work has a tendency to keep you busy, well, working. There are times when my time and creative juices have been squeezed out creating content for my clients. I very much enjoy helping others craft a message and being witness to their success. Their need for online video along with their demands has made me a better videographer and editor over the last number of years. I have found these collaborations very fulfilling and have made some great friends along the way. As the saying goes, however, there is only so much time in the day. What time I had to create content and promote myself went into such places as iTunes and Spotify.

So, why YouTube now?

I am somewhat of a small influencer on LinkedIn. Video content has risen prominently on the platform over the past two years or so. I have found myself in front of the camera more often. Additionally, I have been on TikTok. Don’t laugh. I admit I have more fun on there than I work but again, more on camera time. Therefore, I have a lot more video content that could use a home base.

I found myself revisiting YouTube. I decided I could mix up three types of content. First, the audio from my podcast episodes could be uploaded to the platform. Second, videos that I create for social media could also be placed on my channel. Third, YouTube offers a long-form video platform that could be used for content ranging from industry trends for multimedia, information about audio gear, and various categories of commentary along with whatever creative video stylings that happen to find my fancy.

As of April 2020 I now have an updated YouTube channel although it is still a work in progress.

Please, feel free to pay my YouTube channel a visit and subscribe if you wish.

The podcast itself will remain a strong focus of what I am doing and some great interviews are coming up. You can find the Billy Dees Podcast on almost any major podcast platform including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

Here is a recent video post from my channel. Has your content not been getting the traffic it normally gets since the Covid19 crisis? Here is why and don’t stop creating.

Capturing Good Conversation Long Distance

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Jeanné Giddens

This installment of our Twitter interviews is with Jeanné Giddens, otherwise known as @TuneTalks to her Twitter followers. Jeanné is a talented song writer, voiceover artist, and host.

As an old school radio and audio recording guy, I have always felt the best way to record an interview is with the guest in the recording studio. The benefits of this are obvious. You can interact with your guest one on one and have complete control of the recording. However, there are times when this is just not practical. For example, in this case Jeanné is based in Florida and I am in Ohio.

Recording options in these types of cases vary and a lot depends on the guest. Many interview subjects do not have any audio gear. Others have busy schedules promoting their work and do not have the patience to be walked through a technical process of some kind. In these cases phone signals may be the most expedient choice and other times maybe a VOIP service will work just fine at getting the job done.

With Jeanné, however, there were better options available. She is in the audio production business and has good tools at her disposal. So, we decided to use Zencastr for this interview. In simple terms this type of technology does not record “over” the internet per say. Both subjects are recorded locally and then those two audio tracks are combined in post.

The results are terrific but there are also other important steps to take.

For one, use the most dependable connections with your gear. I would avoid using WiFi with your computer or using any type of wireless microphone or headset. Also, close all of the programs on your computer.

Let me throw in some information about microphones. There is a lot of confusion about USB microphones in particular.

There are basically four types of microphones in terms of how they capture sound; dynamic, condenser, ribbon, and contact. There are variations of each but those are the basic groups.

Many of the widely popular USB microphones are condenser microphones. I have heard them referred to as “digital” microphones and that term is as overused as “pro” is in the audio and video equipment industry. The key difference between a USB condenser microphone and a standalone XLR condenser is that the USB microphone has a USB interface built into it. Combination units in general are designed to hit a price point and as plug and play devices for their ease of use.

I have used USB microphones to have my clients record audio into their PowerPoint presentations. They are also good for gaming, YouTube, and for basic podcasting. I would stop short, however, of considering any USB microphone truly a professional’s first choice.

I have been in many radio stations, media production studios in advertising agencies, and music recording studios. I have never run across a USB microphone being used as a primary recording tool in any of these applications. An entry level pro audio interface alone costs more than the average USB microphone. Many voiceover agencies will ask what microphone that you are using and if the answer is a USB microphone that might be a missing check mark on your credentials list.

The sky is the limit in terms of what you can pay for pro audio gear but there are cost effective options. Yes, separates do cost more but come with some practical benefits in addition to better quality, namely interchangeability. That professional XLR microphone that you bought for your podcast will plug into a USB interface, a digital recorder, a mixing board and so on. You can also upgrade your interface or microphone without replacing both or purchase more microphones to use with the same interface.

For the interview with Jeanné I used a (XLR) Golden Age D2 dynamic microphone. I happen to like dynamic microphones for voiceovers but that is largely my preference. My favorite is probably the (XLR) Shure SM7B and my runner up would be the (XLR) Electro-Voice RE20. Jeanné used her (XLR) RODE NT1 which is a condenser microphone. Both the Golden Age D2 and the RODE NT1 are not “cheap” when compared to most USB microphones, however, in the professional ranks these microphones are extremely cost effective and for anyone considering getting started doing voice work these are good choices. For this particular interview we both also used Focusrite interfaces.

To sample the sound quality captured with these microphones and Zencastr here is an excerpt. Notice how it sounds almost as if both of us were in the same studio.

For your convenience the entire interview is available at the bottom of this post. The Billy Dees Podcast is also available on your favorite podcasting service including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

You can follow Jeanné on Twitter at @TuneTalks and me at @BillyDees.

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The TikTok Podcast Interviews – The First Guest is @KayPal7

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If you follow my media blog or listen to my podcast you are probably familiar with my foray into the TikTok social media app. You can follow me @BillyDees01 on TikTok. Hopefully, you have had a chance to check out a few of my previous Twitter podcast interviews and I am now booking TikTok creators as well.

The first guest has the screen name @KayPal7 on TikTok. She has over 26,000 followers and that is a number that is growing. Her content is primarily political commentary. KayPal7’s videos are shot mostly as close-ups, often expressionless, and with a pleasantly acerbic cadence. She often sites her sources for information and doesn’t hesitate to address her critics.

During this interview she talks a little bit about herself, her political views and video styling, and why she likes the TikTok platform. It is a very interesting and entertaining interview.

More are on the way…

For your convenience you can listen to the full interview at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The Billy Dees Podcast is also available on your favorite podcast platform including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and many more.

Interview with @KayPal7 from TikTok 

 

 

 

Welcome to My Tik Tok Don’t Scroll Up Turn the Heart Red!

The Next Big Thing_ Maybe...It’s pretty near impossible these days to do any kind of marketing without being aware of social media platforms. One of the new social media apps that keeps coming up more and more in conversation is TikTok.

For me, doing social media marketing is very much akin to being a politician. I always keep my options open. For this reason I seldom dismiss a new platform out of hand. The bright and shiny object off in the distance today can morph into the way things are done a year from now.

“TikTok is just for kids.” Okay.

Remember when Facebook was just for juvenile college students? Instagram was what your kids were playing with in the backseat? Before we knew it our competition had thousands of followers on their business pages and we were fumbling with how to set up our pages to catch up.

I have noticed this pattern of progression for most successful social media platforms. They generally start with kids as the primary members. Then they are followed by adults, many of whom were introduced to the platform by their children. That brings in more adults. As the population of users grow, influencers on the platform begin to emerge. Then, brands and advertisers follow.

During the first quarter of 2018, TikTok was the most downloaded (non-game) app in the Apple store globally reaching 45.8 million downloads. It is estimated that TikTok currently has over 500 million active users worldwide, and other data trackers put that number considerably higher.

I have spent some time experimenting with the app as a user. I wouldn’t refer to myself as a TikTok pro but this is what I’ve learned. TikTok is a video sharing app. If you use the app you can record for 15 seconds or upload your videos up to a minute long. The app itself has some nice special effects for video and graphics that are easy to incorporate into your content. If you amass a thousand followers this enables you to live-stream.

TikTok is owned by the Chinese company Bytedance. They purchased Musical.ly during November 2017 and merged the two platforms internationally in 2018. TikTok has many of its forerunner’s traits, including many dance and lip-syncing videos.  At this time, by my estimation, this musically driven content has a dominance on the platform. A popular feature seems to be “duet,” which allows a user to lip-sync along with another user’s video.

However, influencers and brands are arriving. There are influencers well into middle-age and beyond on the app giving tips on everything from buying cars to how to stay motivated at life.

I don’t know if this shiny object will brighten or fade away, but TikToK is off to a fantastic start. I would stop short of saying that I would make TikTok a priority at this time but if you create content for other platforms anyway why not repurpose it for TikTok as well?

If you decide to do so you may wish to follow these three suggestions:

  • First, I would not follow or follow back accounts that do not have content or are listed as private.
  • Second, choose several hashtag subjects or genres of content to search. Interact with and like the content that interests you from the results of your search. Choose several dozen accounts that are creating good content and follow them.
  • Third, create good content of your own and utilize the proper hashtags when posting it. Be sure to acknowledge all of the positive feedback that you get. My general rule of thumb is to not engage negative comments on any platform.

If you care to say hello on TikTok you can find me at @billydees01

Happy social media marketing to you!

People of Twitter Podcast Interviews

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Dorothy Rosby and Billy Dees

Are you on Twitter? Do you use it to help market your blog, books, photography, or other creative endeavors? Have you been on Twitter with an active account for at least five years?

We are launching a new series of podcast interviews with Twitter users to talk about why they joined, how they have utilized the social media platform, and how the user experience has changed for them over the years.

On this episode we talk to Dorothy Rosby who is on Twitter @DorothyRosby

I originally met Dorothy working on an interview for HumorOutcasts.com.

coverjDorothy Rosby is a speaker and syndicated humor columnist whose writing appears in publications across eleven states. Her column has been recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association. She was a finalist in the 2015 Robert Benchley Annual Award for Humor Writing and was the 2015 first-place winner in the Humor Column category of the National Federation of Press Women contest.

Rosby Cover HODorothy is the author of I Used to Think I Was Not that Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better,” who refers to the book as the book for people who read self-improvement books and never get any better. She also is the author of I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch, Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest.”

For your convenience the podcast interview is available below at the bottom of this post. The Billy Dees Podcast is also available on nearly all of the major podcast networks including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Stitcher. You can follow Billy Dees on Twitter @BillyDees.

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Why Space Matters!

“In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation.”

“There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all.”

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”      

– John F. Kennedy September 12, 1962

The above quotes are from the famous speech that President Kennedy gave which set the goal of putting a man on the Moon during the 1960’s. The space program at that time had the backdrop of the cold war. Space interests in regard to national security and intelligence continue to be serious issues of today. If you review the entire Kennedy speech, you will find that the message is about investing in science and technology as much as it is about exploring space.

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We just marked the 50th anniversary of The United States Apollo 11, the first crewed mission to land on the Moon, on July 20, 1969.

The resources allocated for NASA are a fraction of the overall budget for the United States and are often tragically limited because of incredibly wasteful general spending. Yet, so much has been brought forth by the investment in space technology for our society in so many ways. It is the one government program that has paid off.

Here are just a few of the benefits that have been brought forth by the space program either directly or indirectly:

Semiconductor cubing, structural analysis, air quality monitors, virtual reality, aircraft controls, aerodynamicsmicrocomputers, GPS, design graphics, enriched baby food, water purification systems, scratch-resistant lenses, athletic shoes, shock-absorbing helmets, home security systems, smoke detectors, firefighting equipment, flat panel televisions, high-density batteries, trash compactors, food packaging and freeze-dried technology, solar energy, weather forecasting, telemetry systems, laser angioplasty, human tissue simulators, programmable pacemakers, arteriosclerosis detection, ultrasound scanners, automatic insulin pumps, portable x-ray devices, invisible braces, dental arch wire, palate surgery technology, clean room apparel, implantable heart aids, MRIs, bone analyzers, cataract surgery tools, magnetic liquids, advanced welding torches, gasoline vapor recovery, self-locking fasteners, machine tool software, laser wire strippers, lubricant coating processes, wireless communications, engine coatings, better brakes, weight saving technology, improved aircraft engines, advanced lubricants, energy storage systems, along with an array of other things.

Oh no! How could I have omitted golf ball aerodynamics?

Advancements in space technology have enhanced our way of life, given birth to new products and industries for our economy, and improved the safety of the society in which we live.

It is also of no small consideration for me that historically all of this progress has been under the umbrella of American leadership for the entire world. Although I am very glad that the world community has an interest in developing space technology, I do find it disconcerting that lately America seems perfectly content to go along for the ride. It is a common cliché reflecting the simplicity of any particular subject to say that, “It isn’t rocket science.” Well, as America’s math and science scores continue to lag behind large percentages of other populations pertaining to the world’s largest economies, it seems as though we prefer things not to be rocket science.

The United States can barely rouse a modicum of enthusiasm for serious space exploration. NASA’s ability to achieve new space-exploration milestones may very well be limping along because of the government’s disagreements about the agency’s priorities. That is a shame because other countries, including China, seem to be picking up the ball.

During a classic piece of news footage from the 1960s a reporter walked up to a woman in France and asked her how she felt about men walking on the Moon.  Her answer was, “I knew the Americans could do it!” What, exactly, does the world know about us now?

To be fair, there has been renewed American enthusiasm for a mission to Mars. I hope it continues! The next big step for mankind, back to the moon and beyond, might very well come from private enterprises such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Amazon’s Blue Origin.

I believe many of the social ills we have in our society and around the world are largely because of a lack of an education and an appreciation for the sciences. None of us are composed of a better set of elements than anyone else. We are all stardust and life is incredibly short. If we are lucky, among the billions of orbits that the Earth has taken, only 80 or 90 some odd trips around the sun is all we get on our life’s journey.

The fragile biology of our bodies is supported by the same air, water, and nutrients that every living thing, which has ever existed on Earth, has thrived upon. Napoleon, Cleopatra, and even Tyrannosaurus Rex walked under the same sun and sky as we do. There haven’t been any new shipments of natural resources to the Earth. We rely heavily on the environment’s natural processes of decay and renewal, a system that we are rapidly beginning to outpace.

The more we know about our earthly home and how it relates to the incredible oneness that we all share, maybe the more likely it will be that we will make the world a harmonious place for all of us to share.

satellitespaceFor my money, when you consider the benefits of the space program concerning our shared humanity, technology, medicine, and the list goes on; the investment is worth every dime.

Explorers have shaped and mapped our world. However, our world does not end at the top of our atmosphere. The planet on which we live is a product of a vast universe with endless possibilities. Our exploration into our existence is just beginning.

HumorOutcasts Interview with Arlene Schindler Author of”Stand Up & Heartbreak”

arleneblue (1)Fun time on this episode with Arlene Schindler for HumorOutcasts. Arlene is an author and speaker sharing humorous tales of women’s secrets and desires. The book we are discussing during this interview is, “Stand Up and Heartbreak: A Comic and a Sex Addict Walk into a Marriage…”

Arlene originated the comedy column for The New York Post, writing reviews and profiles of comedians appearing in New York City. It was the first of its kind in the country, helping spur comedy’s greatest growth period. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Purple Clover, The Huffington Post and many other publications. Her novel, “The Last Place She’d Look” is a raucous romp through the hidden sex lives of today’s mature women.

cover standupandheartbreakDuring this podcast Arlene talks about some traits to avoid while dating online and how sexual addiction impacts a marriage. You can find Arlene on Twitter @SmunnySchindler and at her website ArleneSchindler.com

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and on your favorite Alexa device under the “Billy Dees Podcast.”

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Interview Arlene Schindler “Stand Up and Heartbreak”