The Cue Blog

A Podcast about Control. We Go To Eleven.

Editing a Podcast is more work than I imagined. Not just are you bringing your team together and recording the content, you then have to go in and have a hard look at what you have, how to present it and how much you want to tweak it.

I have found, I can’t stand hearing our unconscious verbal stumbling. We all do it, and it infects our daily speech. I never heard it before to be honest, but now that I have to edit out hundreds of times per episode, I am taking my crusade to the people.

It is a under appreciated skill to speak fluidly and continuously and intelligently on a subject without inserting the “and yum”, “you know”, “yes….no”, “kinda like” verbal salad we sprinkle in every sentence.

The solution? Practice. Record yourself. Don’t be in a rush. It is much better to just pause for a moment instead of filling in the moment with a “piece of lettuce”. The people we have had on the show, with the fewest of these, are professors and people who speak in front of others everyday. I also find, once you hit someones sweet spot (something they know a lot about and are passionate about) their verbal salad disappears.

To be fair, even though I am painfully aware of this, I still do it. Normally it’s when I am trying to move the conversation from one conversation to another and am not 100% sure of where I am even going.

So lets all try to take a breath, let the silence in. We will listen. Goodbye “and ummmm”, you will not be missed.

Figure 53 is having a contest!

What do you get if you win?

  • Free Tixato fees for your event (excluding credit card processing fees)
  • A free QLab 3 Pro Bundle License
  • A free Go Button License
  • A cash prize to be used towards production expenses. That can mean supplies for sets, costumes, lighting, sound, or video equipment. It can mean paying the artists involved or renting a space. For high school productions the cash prize is $2,000, for college productions the cash prize is $3,000.


How to Enter?

Send Figure53 your best pitch by 11:59 PM on June 1, 2015. Mailed entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2015. The pitch can be an essay, a video, photos from your previous shows, a song, a script, some combination of these things, or some great idea that we haven’t thought about yet. All pitches must include a preliminary budget for how the budgeted funds will be distributed. Pitches will be judged on strength and unity of artistic concept, access to administrative and logistic capabilities and support to realize a full scale production, and innovativeness. They will select two winners, one high school level and one college level.

For info contact Lola Pierson or visit the official page HERE!

Get ready to challenge your brain and see what the brain of a QLab expert can come up with. Mic Pool has taken QLab to a whole new level with his engaging and beautiful online coffee table book: The QLab Cookbook.

He has 20 cool projects and workspaces to challenge even the most hard core user.

His unique ideas and brilliant execution keep me coming back to this over and over.