Take 47… lights, camera, action

I’ve been dreading this, but actually I don’t think it’s turned out too bad. A few weeks ago our Marketing team asked my frolleague Brendan Tutt and me to record some videos for ZDNet, and we had to choose four pertinent subjects. The tricky thing was we couldn’t mention any product names… just speak on that hot topic.

Daz on ZDNetThe first of mine hit the web today, so you can see me talking about Unified Communications and Collaboration. I wasn’t allowed to mention IBM Lotus Sametime or IBM Lotus Notes 8, but obviously a lot of what I talk about pertains to these two products.

I optimistically thought the recording session was going to be easy – after all, the videos were supposed to be just 3 – 4 minutes long. I do so many presentations and stand-up routines that I don’t usually think about it, I just stand up, open my mouth and some sort of verbal auto-pilot takes over. This was a different kettle of aquatic life – I wonder if writing a script that I tried to stick to hampered me rather than helping me. But with a bit of editing it worked out okay.

Anyway, see what you think… and stay tuned for the other three which will be just as much fun.


  1. By the way “Frolleague” has made it into the urban dictionary.


    Congrats Ports on the new word…. but I doubt it will make you rich.

  2. I seem to remember that most of the presenters on the OU either couldn’t quite grow a real beard and had that nasty bumfluff look going on or they were total David Ballamy clones.

  3. There’s still one more video to shoot… I could ask them to convert it to monochrome, and I’ll draw a bell curve on the whiteboard with an unintelligible differentiation equation.

    Ports, I asked Andy Walter if he had a kipper tie, but he said he preferred coffee (note to everyone else, the boy Walter is a Brummie).

  4. Number 2 in the series is up.


    I actually understood a bit of what you were talking about this time. I must be getting a bit more tech savvy.

    By the way… you should have had your hands waxed before your presentation…. they are very hairy, like monkey!!!

  5. I didn’t notice… perhaps it wasn’t an important bit.

    What I did notice was that your delivery was much more realaxed this time. Looking forward to number 3. Have you already filmed it or can we have a different coloured shirt next time.

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