For those who don't know Tod Maffin, he's pretty much Canada's podcasting Guru. He recently gave an impromptu presentation on some podcasting tips. You'll have to read the entire article on Podonomics for the whole story, but one my favourite tip is this:
Carry your portable recording device all the time. Your greatest podcast will happen when you leave your recording device home. So don't miss out on a great story. Tod played a clip from a journalist who had his recording device on him. On September 11th when the towers fell, the journalist didn't record the towers falling. Instead, he interviewed a man who was hitting golf balls. When the journalist asked the man why he continued to golf while the sirens blared and the towers fell, the man replied that there wasn't anything he could do. Tod highlighted that this journalist got an awesome story because he had his portable recording device on him.
Golfer-boy sounds like a total moron to me. Talk about too wrapped up in yourself to care about other humans. Here's a life lesson from me: after 15 years in the military and being part of many operations around the world I can assure you that when there are massive piles of people dying around you, there is always something you can do. But I digress...the point about having a recording device on hand is weell taken.
I own a little iRiver T10 and while I'm not in the habit of carrying it everywhere with me, I've always like the idea of doing on the spot stuff as it occurs. I've just never had the guts to pull it out and stuff in someone's face.
Good reading via Podonomics.