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Bananas are the worlds

Bananas are the worlds favorite fruit and many nations depend on banana trees to supply its citizens with this delicious food product to save them from famines. Bananas are available on markets year round and are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, containing only small hollow seed that are infertile. Ornamental bananas, Musa ensete and Musa nana are inedible but in high demand for landscaping. India is the worlds largest producer of bananas and Alexander the Great found them growing there in 327 BC, when he conquered India. Soldiers of Alexander the Great returned to Greece and Persia with bulbs from banana plants, Musa accuminata, where they were distributed and planted. Antonius Musa, the

personal physician of Augustus Caesar, imported the first banana trees, Musa accuminata, to Rome from Africa in 63 BC. Later, slaves from Portugal brought bananas to Europe from Africa in the early 1400s. Even though the banana is believed to have originated in India, Eastern Asia, it was established in Africa and Europe as a staple food product many centuries ago and came into North America through Spanish missionaries. Those first bananas that people knew in antiquity were not sweet like the bananas we know today, but were cooking bananas or plantain bananas with a starchy taste and composition. The bright yellow bananas that we know today were discovered as a mutation from the plantain banana by a Jamaican, Jean Francois Poujot, in the year 1836. He found this hybrid mutation growing in his banana tree plantation with a sweet flavor and a yellow color-instead of green or red, and not requiring cooking like the plantain banana. The rapid establishment of
this new exotic fruit was welcomed worldwide, and it was massively grown for world markets. Bananas are the worlds best selling fruit, outselling both apples and citrus; each American is estimated to eat 25 pounds of fruit every day. The Cavendish banana is the most popular banana in the United States and over 400 cultivars of bananas are available on world markets. The leaves of banana trees are used as wrappers for steaming other foods inside,

and the banana flower is also edible. Each banana comes from a flower maturing into groups of 10-20 bananas called hands that circle the stalk, which collectively is called a bunch. The bananas can require one year to mature after flowering in the field, and then the mother banana plant dies. The plant is restored the following season by offshoots from the mother plant. An original cluster of banana trees can grow continuously for 100 years, but are generally replaced in banana tree plantations after 25 years. Bananas ripen best and develop more sweetness, if the bunch is removed from the tree, allowing the fruit to ripen off the tree in a shady place to slowly ripen. The banana tree can grow up to 30 feet tall, and the trunk of the tree grows to a width at the base of over 1 foot. The trunk of the banana plant is made of overlapping sheaths and stems with new growth emerging from the center of the trunk. The size of bananas can range from a fruit the
size of a football to one as small as a childs finger. Some bananas taste sweet, some starchy and some ornamental bananas are loaded with large seed and are considered inedible. The color of ripe bananas can range from green, orange, brown, yellow, or variegated with white stripes. Most banana trees available today are grown from mother bulbs by taking offsets that form shoots. Those can be replanted to multiply and increase a banana tree plantation.

These banana sprouts that form at the base of the mother bulb can be shipped around the world to many countries, being almost genetically identical to the original banana plant parent of 10,000 years ago that mutated and stopped making seed and became the first naturally evolved hybrid. Bananas are the largest exported fruit in the world, registering sales of 12 billion dollars a year for Chiquita and Dole. These bananas are imported into the United States from companies and plantations growing banana trees in India, South America and Africa. Many third world countries depend on the production of bananas to feed them as a major food staple, where they eat bananas 3 meals a day. Bananas are rich in sugars such as sucrose, glucose, and fructose, as well as fiber and special minerals containing potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. Bananas contain tryptophan, a body protein that is converted to serotonin, a mood enhancer. They also are high in Vitamin A
, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin C. Doctors claim that eating bananas can cut the risk of sudden stroke by 40%, as published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Copyright c 2007-2010 Patrick Malcolm

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I have used many microphones, from expensive

I have used many microphones, from expensive Neumanns, Sennheisers, Sure, AKG to the less expensive Berringer B2 Pro and Sony. I spent over 8 years in professional radio and 30 plus years doing voice over recording and sound mixing, so I have heard and used all types of mics and I have to rate the Blue Yeti at the top of my list for many reasons. First is sound quality, all the patterns

have a smooth, open sound, the cardioid pattern has added richness for voice over work, comparable dare I say to a Sennheiser or Sure. The sound in all the patterns was not colored or muted at any frequency level, which what is I was expecting in the stereo mode, but in that pattern, voices sound great and an acoustic guitar sounded rich, plucky and natural. Next is the construction of the mic and stand, from the pictures I was expecting plastic, nope, it is made of very solid metal , except the buttons and switches. Third is the versatility, you can record almost anything in any type of circumstance not just adequately, but with excellence, try that with a $2,000.00 Neumann! The set up could not be easier, just plug it into your USB jack and let her rip. I only

paid $100.00 on Amazon,a true bargain, for what is a top notch piece of gear, where the engineers of this product really took their time to design something of real quality and looks like a piece of art. The Yeti also stands up to audio processing, where I have to say all of the other mics I have used for under $200.00 show their weaknesses. The only thing I would like to see is a shock mount made for this mic, it is just too big for all of my other mounts, but the Yeti does not seem to pick up as much vibration from the table as other mics do (I also use a slab of 1/4″ neoprene padding to absorb some table shock), and the Yeti has no real audible self noise. If you want a great microphone at an incredible price, the Blue Yeti is the one for you! Addendum 9-30-2011

My complaint about the shock mount has been resolved, with the Blue Radius, which I received a week ago from Amazon, which I love. Makes this great, and I mean great microphone even better. I have done side by side comparisons to the Neumann U87, the Sennhieser D421, the Lawson L47, all top notch and very expensive studio mics. The Yeti sounds as good. Of course you have to learn how to work a microphone properly to get the right sound. I cringe at some YouTube demos of this mic, some of the folks are not using this, and I'm sure other mike's correctly to get the best sound. Also the more I use the Yeti, the more seasoned it becomes, in comparison recordings done a year ago, the Yeti seems to get a smoother sound, as time goes by.

Pure drinking water is

Pure drinking water is the basic element in any health oriented way of life. Although there is a great deal of water in the world less than 3% of the worlds fresh water is fit for human consumption and most of the so called drinkable water is not pure. For the consumer, there are really only three alternatives supplies of drinking water Municipal tap water, well water and bottled water. Although regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA of the United States Government, tap water contains significant contaminants even after treatment and the pipes and other infrastructure

of most municipalities in the United States add additional contaminants before the water gets to the consumer. Most tap water supplies also contain significant chlorine additives to kill bacteria and chlorine ruins the smell and taste of the water. Well water is not regulated by any agency and is often subject to industrial and animal and sometimes human contamination. As a result of the many problems with municipal tap water and well water, bottled water has become a popular drink for human consumption. But most bottled water has contamination problems as well. The statement Bottled Water does not guarantee purity. In terms of regulation, only a handful of states have regulation for bottled water so this type of water can come from any source even bottled tap or well water. For water distributed through Interstate Commerce, the Food and Drug Administration of the United States Government does establish rigorous standards but this regulatio
n does not apply to water bottled and sold within state lines. Any reputable water supplier subject to FDA regulations and testing will freely supply copies of the test results. Some bottled water vendors merely pass low cost

tap water through cellular filters there are some vendors who merely pass tap water through wooden 2X4 construction material and mark up the resulting contaminated tap water in bottles as much as 1600%. This practice is unethical at best and very misleading. Recent studies have shown that as much as 25% of all bottled water is nothing more than high priced repackaged tap water. And some studies and reports have revealed that some bottled water products that are not regulated contain as much as 1,000 to 15,000 colonies of bacteria per quart. A number of suppliers of bottled water brand their water as Spring Water but investigation has shown that there are very few good springs near large bottling plants. Since transportation of water is a critical cost element in the final price, the consumer must be careful to ensure that the water did indeed originate from a spring fed source. It must also be noted that even if the bottled water did come from
a spring, springs today are subject to significant industrial and agricultural runoff that causes contamination. The only sure way to get a consistent source of pure water is by purchasing from a supplier that processes and purifies

water. Many experts agree that a steam distillation process complimented by the addition of oxygen through ozonation creates the purest, freshest tasting water and there are a number of companies that utilize this water process. And unlike some bottled water companies, purified water suppliers have made a considerable investment in plant and equipment. Rigorous FDA testing is utilized by the best purified water companies as a means to ensure that their customers receive only the purest water available. When choosing any water supplier, the consumer is advised to ask to see the test results of the regulatory agency. If these results show any contaminants in the water, or are unavailable from the water supplier choose another supplier.

Copyright c 2007-2010 Marcus Stout

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I was able to get this model

I was able to get this model a little early, and was excited to try it out in – what better city to test a camera? – Paris. The last Sony snapshot camera I used was on a trip in 2007, and I was so dissatisfied with that camera that I sold it immediately after returning home. I was eager to see if Sony had improved their entry level cameras, especially the picture quality. I shall post some pictures to offer examples up in the product details, but these will be reduced in size for posting.

Photo quality My initial day out indicated that they have made dramatic improvements in both quality and speed. Photos in daylight were crisp and clear in just about every shot, and any that weren't were only because I was shooting poorly on purpose to test

the photos. I was also quite happy with the quality of shots in low light and indoors, which is where I noticed the most improvement over past Sony low-end offerings. There was some blurring in darker situations, of course, but for the most part the software was able to produce images that are well balanced and low grain. The 14 megapixel feature is great – there are many photos I've been able to crop and retain quality, and photos of, say, a stone sarcophagus can be zoomed in upon when viewing images later to see very good detail.

I must also mention that the camera is very good at balancing photos. It almost always produces a picture with an appropriate contrast, and only in the worst cases did the image wash out in an area. For example, a shot of Joan of Arc (the statue, not the person) in Notre Dame came out very well even with a stained glass window in the background. The stained glass was bright but distinguishable, and the detail of the stone statue was clear and well balanced. Only in extreme cases – such as a shot of a black sculpture in the Louvre with a window behind it with blaring sunlight – did the camera fail to balance the image, but these are the kind of bad photography shots one would never expect a camera to take well.

Types of Photos: Like most all snapshot photos, this camera will perform best shooting still subjects with plenty of light. Moving objects didn't tend to blur, a problem I'd had with other cheap snapshot cameras, but the response time can make

getting these shots difficult. Trying to capture a motorcycle passing an old church, my 7-10 attempts were mostly good photos, but getting the moving bike in the exact spot I wanted was nearly impossible.

Features: Overall, this camera lacks in features, although for most uses I found it sufficient, and at the price I didn't expect a lot of extras. The 4x zoom is relatively fast and easy to use, and about right for this type of camera. I was surprised there was no optical zoom given the high megapixels, but I can live with cropping on the computer. The panorama mode is nifty but not that useful – it works quite well in creating a long image, which of course will cause distortion in most cases. To use this feature, you set the mode and clich the shutter. The camera will prompt you to move it from left to right, and then it will generate the image (which is always impossible to see on the display owing to its shape.) Here I would have liked some add'l features – there is just 'one size' for panorama shots – you must sweep all the way across or the image will fail. This creates many shots that will need to be messed with on the computer later, which is okay but an
noying. I was also disappointed panorama doesn't work in an up and down orientation – you always have to sweep the camera in the same manner. You can, of course, hold it sideways to create a vertical panorama, but I really wanted some vertical shots tqking advantage of a larger width. Still, panoramas of the Tour

Eiffel allowed me to create some fun, unique shots of the full height of the structure. There are not many other features – just some rudimentary quality settings, face detection, etc. Some might want to move up to a camera with more features, but I actually appreciated this in a point and shoot camera.

Battery life: Here the camera could use some help. Perhaps I'm spoiled by my Apple products, but digital cameras have more or less remained stuck in 2002 concerning batteries. It's annoying to have a separate charger, and battery life isn't great. Three hours of shooting…granted, constant shooting…at St Denis drained it. Given how light and small it is, I'd fully support doubling the battery size to get twice the life. I'd also love for camera makers to start to move toward USB charging options.

I'd also love it if cameras would start incorporating some onboard space. It feels like the dark ages to have to buy a card. 2 – 4 gig of onboard memory with a card slot for expansion would be nice.

Overall, a great, small, fun camera that's easy to grab and go. I wish Sony would re-imagine some of the ways digital cameras work, perhaps taking some cues from iPods, especially regarding batteries, but for the price this nifty unit is great.

Pros: Excellent pics for camera in this price range, good color balance, good in darker spaces, a few fun features

Cons: Battery life could be better, charging options, not many features or in-camera editing options

As a System Admin, I am always

As a System Admin, I am always asked for assistance from coworkers and friends when it comes to computers and nearly everything tech related. I was asked by a good friend what to do about her 5 year old HP which had died. I recommended replacing the computer as it had done nothing but cause frustrations for her for the past couple years.

After talking to her about her needs, I concluded that this Asus EEE PC fit her needs pretty well, especially on the most important metric for her: Price!

The machine meets all the amazon listed specs, but some of the specs listed in the various narratives across the web vary, so trust that the specs that Amazon posts are accurate. The RAM, the net-books weakest point is easily replaceable, and Amazon even offers a bundle which includes a compatible 2GB Dimm, making the choice pretty easy.

Overall, I am very impressed with the build quality, as normal, and also happy with the touch-pad, which other reviews mention as a problem. I expect that most users who use

these will also have some kind of USB mouse which negates the whole touch-pad issue anyway. The systems is surprisingly snappy considering that it has an Atom processor, albeit a dual core chip. It's no gaming rig, but it is perfectly suited for someone who wants a portable machine to work with desktop applications.

The keyboard: many people have issues with the small chick-let keyboard. Once used to it, even I with my massive fingers can get a pretty good speed out of the keyboard. The size makes it perfect for my user and children who have tiny fingers who really appreciate the short key depth, and the good tactile feeling of a key-press. Compared to the IBM

S10, I am very impressed with the feeling. The best comparison is to a slightly shrunk down Macbook Pro keyboard.

Windows Starter: Why did Microsoft even let this get released. I understand that it is to get people a taste of the full Windows experience, but no machine should ever ship with it. Starter is more of a trial/shareware version of the OS and should be replaced if possible.

All gripes aside I do highly recommended it as a budget portable, but make no mistake, it't not a graphics workstation, gaming machine but a nice, portable system that meets most users needs very well at a price that is in-line with most peoples budgets.

For years, I led

For years, I led single-session teleseminars and sold them as products without doing any audio editing. The recording service I was using created the recordings for me so they started with my Hello and ended after my Goodbye, and contained everything that happened in between. When I shifted from offering one-off teleclasses to multi-session classes, however, I raised my standards. After all, people were paying $795 to $997 now and not just $39.95. And once I experienced how easy audio editing can be, I was no

longer willing to deliver unedited audios to paying customers. It took me all of 10 minutes to learn the basic moves needed to polish an audio recording – and I am not a techie! What I do now is retain the spontaneity of a teleclass, which resembles either a radio talk show or an informal lecture, depending on whether theres just one speaker or two. But as far as I can with my elementary knowledge of audio editing, I also do the following: * Delete distracting beeps, coughs and static. * Cut at least some of the ums or other vocal filler. * Even out volume differences between speakers, making the soft voices louder and the loud ones less jarring. * Eliminate questions and answers that derail the flow of the session, like, Sorry, I came late, can you repeat such and such? Make sure you check and make sure that the audio track plays in both stereo channels. Otherwise someone listening on earphones hears the sound only in one ear. I have returne
d two audio products for refunds because of this flaw – which is

simple to fix during the editing process if you take a few moments to do so. Just a little more advanced in technique is adding a musical intro and outro. The latter usually matches the former and goes at the end of the audio file. To stay on the right side of the law, dont use snippets from commercial CDs for this. Instead, search for royalty free music and follow the terms of use imposed by its originator or vendor. Once you know your way around audio editing, you can also easily combine recordings, substitute parts of recordings or split a long teleseminar session into smaller pieces that you parcel out a day at a time in an autoresponder or on a blog. The possibilities are endless! Audacity, a widely acclaimed audio editing program, is not only extremely easy to use but also free. Look for it at I use Wavepad, another free audio editing program, available at If youre familiar with highligh
ting and moving text around a document by cutting and pasting, youll

catch on very quickly to the fundamentals of audio editing. Save your edited audio files as MP3s and you have a product thats a cut above those who distribute unedited teleseminar recordings. Customers usually wont demand their money back if you skip editing, but they definitely are more likely to buy again if you put some time and care into preparation of your recording.

Copyright c 2009-2010 Marcia Yudkin

Veteran teleseminar presenter Marcia Yudkin specializes in high- ticket, high-value teleteaching courses. To find out more about your teleseminar options, download a complimentary copy of 66 Ways to Use Teleseminars to Promote Your Business or Your Cause, go to . Discover how to plan, promote and deliver profitable teleseminars, whether youre an entrepreneur, business or health professional, nonprofit organization or corporate marketer. Read More Articles From Marcia Yudkin:

This tv is probably one of the

This tv is probably one of the best TV (55 or 65 inch) you can get at the consumer level in 2011. The Sony HX929, and maybe the PNXXD8000 Plasma are up there. I have a problem with the Samsung plasma set sacrificing black levels in order to do 1080p24 properly. 1080p/24 is what these TVs are typically used for so that alone is a deal breaker. The Sharp Elite is not even considered because it is too damn expensive. I can take the money for the Sharp

Elite and buy two 65vt30! For those who are on the fence about plasma technology and thinking that LED-LCD are “the way to go.” I'd advise a high-end/midrange plasma set like the GT/VT series over any LED-LCD 240Hz unless you only plan to use the set during the day to watch Oprah and Dr. Phil. If you plan to use your display mainly as watching awesome blu-ray movies – Plasma! Plasma! Local-dimming LEDLCD sets like the Sony HX929 set are very good, but also cost $500-800+ more than an equivalent size high-end plasma set. For home theatre purposes, I'd recommend staying away from edgelit LEDLCDs like Samsungs UNXX7000 or lower model. The light bleed from those sets is horrible for watching movies (unless you only watch Avatar and Disney/Dreamworks cartoons). I guarantee that if you let the wife pick out the TV, 99% of the time she will chose the Samsung LEDLCD over everything else because

the color are very “vibrant” on the showroom floor and its very sleek bezel design. Viera Connect/Cast is an average interface. The one big gripe I have is that it still uses the outdated Netflix interface and not the newer one where you can search. Streaming HD shows on Netflix is excellent as long as you have a capable router and not too far away from the source. I just don't understand why some people have problems unless they got a cheap wifi router or the tv is just too far from the source. I streamed a few HD programs from Netflix and my guests mistakenly thought I was playing it from the Blu-ray player. The quality is very good. Remote – Nothing special, does what it needs for TV viewing and configuring. Not very good for Youtube and any kind of text entry unless you are super good at texting on the number pad. Too bad it wont instantly recognize LOL and LMFAO. Picture Quality – Amazing.

The best part is that out of the box, the THX mode provides very good starting point for color accuracy and gamma. So if you want to save $400 bucks, the THX mode for 3D/2D would suffice. Most enthusiast will recommend proper calibration since this TV is made for calibration. There's a software built-in that can only be access with proper equipments. A certified ISFccc person will be able to optimally give you a night and day mode. Sound Quality – Average. It definetly sound better than the Samsung TV sets, but nothing that will rival even a HTIB setup. EDIT: A few weeks with this TV and I have to say: BEST TV for the money. You could make the argument that the GT series is a better value, but the PQ and design of this TV is worth the upgrade. LED is still relatively new and not ready for prime time. I am so glad that I exchanged the Samsung UN55D8000 for this.

Copyright c 2009-2010 Lisa Mazurka

Copyright c 2009-2010 Lisa Mazurka Training and education within the clinical research industry continues to be an important topic amongst clinical research professionals and regulators. While many industries have standard requirements for training and education within their profession, the clinical research industry does not mandate any requirements or standard baseline training curriculum. Because of this, training for new professionals across our industry varies and for some it may not even exist. This issue has been a hot topic in our industry as issues of research noncompliance continue to be associated with lack of education and training. Last year, in July 2008, the Department

of Health and Human Services OHRP asked the clinical research industry to provide public comment on whether the agency should develop regulations which would mandate education and training requirements for clinical research professionals or whether additional guidance on the topic should be provided 73 Fed. Reg. 37460. OHRP requested industry comment on such topics as: whether institutions/organizations require education and training, if there is no education and training requirements within institutions/organizations, what are the reasons for non-implementation, if an institution/organization does not have an education/training requirement, does this contribute to noncompliance? In addition, the agency requested comment on a variety of other issues relating to training and education such as: the need for regulation on training and education, what industry professionals should be required to complete training and education requirements and how often should t
raining materials be updated? Public comments were collected through September 29, 2008. Unfortunately, the request for industry comment did not provide as much feedback and response as OHRP had hoped with only approximately one hundred comments received by the September deadline. In addition, the comments provided seemed dived and vague, giving no clear response to the topic. Thompsons Guide to Good Clinical

Practice recently covered the OHRP request for public comment on training and education in the September, 2009 issue. As quoted by Elyse Summers, Acting Director of OHRPs Division of Education and Development when interviewed regarding the responses, she stated: Taken as a whole, there was not a definitive picture presented by the commentators as to what specific role regulations and/or guidance and/or OHRP should play in achieving the goal of educating people involved in activities relating to human subjects research and protection.1 Many clinical research professionals, especially those who provide training and education services, wonder how these comments will be incorporated into the clinical research industry atmosphere and infrastructures. I think it is unfortunate that the comments were split and there was no definitive sway in either direction, states Lisa Mazurka, President of Clinical Research Consulting, Inc. Our organization is a CRO which offers
clinical research education and training programs and we see a dire need for a stronger foundation for education and training in the industry. Not only do we support a change in industry support for a suggested curriculum of mandated training and education for industry professionals but we would also like to see additional funding for such programs through grants and/or other federal funds. Far too often, individuals

do not benefit from baseline training and education upon coming into this industry because their organization does not have such an internal funded program and/or they do not have the funding to outsource training and education services to an outside organization. Comments received by OHRP on this topic are public and can be requested through the Division of Education and Development. No decisions or course of action have been made to date from the comments received by the OHRP since the deadline in September, 2008. References 1. Thompson Guide to Good Clinical Practice. September, 2009; Volume 16, No. 2

Clinical Research Professionals?

Lisa Mazurka is Founder and President of Clinical Research Consulting, Inc. a full service clinical monitoring, project management, training, and educational service organization committed to raising standards within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Lisa is an avid clinical educator and has delivered hundreds of educational programs for hospitals, academia and biotech start-ups to leading pharmaceutical companies. She has also taught for the Boston University School of Medicine and The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Read More Articles From Lisa Mazurka:

Copyright c 2009-2010 Marcia Yudkin

Copyright c 2009-2010 Marcia Yudkin Recording and interviewing an expert on a topic that has value for a group of listeners is one of the quickest and easiest ways to create a saleable product. This sort of teleseminar can also help drum up interest in an upcoming event as a free preview call. However, as someone who has been interviewed or interviewed others dozens of times and listened to scores more expert interviews, Ive observed several pitfalls that can affect the quality of the product To end up with a recording people that people feel good about having paid for, avoid making the following mistakes when you interview

experts, either during a live teleseminar with listeners on the line or when just you and the expert are on the line for later distribution of your conversation. 1. Talking too much. As the interviewer, you should be talking no more than 20 percent of the time. Its fine to offer occasional observations that add to and round out what the expert has said. But its rude to both the expert and the listeners to horn in on his expertise by running off at the mouth. However much you also know about the subject at hand, your role is subsidiary here. Write the following two words in big letters in front of you as a reminder: SHUT UP. If you just cant be quiet, reverse your role and find someone to interview you. 2. Not introducing the expert. Some interviewers either say outright, So-and-so needs no introduction or act as if everyone listening knows the stature and credentials of the guest expert. Yet even people who paid to be on a call and presumably read your sal
es copy might not remember the experts qualifications or might be new to the circles in which your expert is a living legend. Always provide at least a brief bio of the expert to set the context for your questions. 3. Gushing. Its painful to listen to someone who responds to every other point of

the expert by praising him or her to the sky. Instead of flowery or overly emotional flattery, be sparing and specific in your praise. Rather than Wow, thats another incredibly insightful point, for instance, you can say Thats something most gurus dont tell you, or I would never have guessed that, or I see Im going to have to make some changes after we finish todays call. Let listeners make up their own minds about the value of the experts savvy for them. 4. Lousy questions. Good questions are open-ended ones that call for an explanation, anecdote or perspective of some sort rather than a simple yes or no. Avoid multi-part questions, because inevitably one of the parts gets lost in the experts answer, confusing or disappointing listeners. 5. Getting off track. As interviewer, you are responsible to keep the discussion on track. However interesting a side issue might be, you cant let it get in the way of what you advertised would be covered in the call. Go
od phrases for reining in a digression include But to get back to our topic for tonight… or Im not sure we have time to get into that. Do you have any more ideas about ___ [the central topic]? 6. Not providing URLs. Sometimes during a preview call that is promoting an upcoming paid event, the expert

mentions valuable information available on the experts web site, but the interviewer fails to prompt the expert to provide the web address so listeners can access it. This gets listeners feeling like the interviewer cares only about the event selling out and not about helping listeners. Listeners deserve to receive sufficient information to follow up with the expert directly or check out his or her books or web site. By following these guidelines, you provide a solid educational experience for listeners, treat your expert with respect and are positioned well to receive the payoff that you planned for the teleseminar project.


Veteran teleseminar presenter Marcia Yudkin specializes in high- ticket, high-value teleteaching courses. To find out more about your teleseminar options, download a complimentary copy of 66 Ways to Use Teleseminars to Promote Your Business or Your Cause, go to . Discover how to plan, promote and deliver profitable teleseminars, whether youre an entrepreneur, business or health professional, nonprofit organization or corporate marketer. Read More Articles From Marcia Yudkin:

Pre-ordered mine the day it went up

Pre-ordered mine the day it went up on Amazon. Got it last week.

Now I'd like to say first, I come from a WDTV Live. If anyone has had a WDTV Live since it came out, you know what that means.

If you have also purchased and used a Boxee Box, you probably find the “problems” it has fairly entertaining.

With the WDTV Live you couldn't have two folders, one called Video 1 and the other called Video 2, because that got really

confusing for it, so it would randomly show you one, or the other, or sometimes neither. You couldn't manually enter IP addresses, the UI was, at the time, the best around (not anymore!), they bricked two of my units with a bad firmware update (and then basically said people with crappy wifi were the only ones affected, even though mine never touch wifi and only replaced them with refurbished units in varying condition lol).

But to last thursday. UPS man shows up, I crack open box, unplug WDTV Live, plug Boxee Box in, turn on, update available, fingers crossed (please don't pull a WD on me!!!), updates fine, create a boxee login (wish this was optional), goto Files -> <machinenamehere> -> Videos, click Add, select Music, Video, Pcitures for filetypes, done. After a quick scan I went to Files -> Movies everything is just there, cover art and info

and all!!!

It really doesn't get a lot simpler than that! Then again I learned the hard way to make SURE that your networking setup is as simple and straightforward as possible. No external drive hooked up to my router/UPnP media streamer. Just a Windows 7 machine with a fileshare, no NFS server, just video files in a folder on a machine. The less straightforward your setup, the more points of possible failure.

That said, again, I ADORE this thing. The remote, ugh, RF, I love it!!! The Flickr app is a DREAM!!!

The CEO is on twitter a LOT and from what I can tell he isn't just replying, he's actually SEARCHING twitter for people talking about boxee and trying to preemptively help them out…!!!

This thing is, on day one, better than the WDTV Live is after, what, a year? Hell it's better than a WDTV Live with b.radd's custom firmware

(which went a long ways towards fixing a lot of the problems WD wouldn't).

Google TV doesn't play YOUR media with any thoroughness. Apple TV doesn't play YOUR media hardly at all (unless you get it all from them, and that means never being able to go with anyone BUT them unless you want to lose your media library). Roku just doesn't compare. Popcorn hour, man it's powerful but the UI is soooooo ugly.

The WDTV Live was, sadly, the best media streaming box on the market…until last hursday.

I ABSOLUTELY love my Boxee Box!!!

I would describe my use as very, VERY, heavy and my technical level as very high.

And my satisfaction level as through the roof. :)

Is it perfect? No. But it's a million miles beyond where I thought it would be on day one, and their reaction so far has been perfect!