TV tips, story behind my new Haworth Chair

One thing I try to do is always treat my guests on my show well. I don’t always succeed. It’s my job to have a conversation with them and try to get them to look good. It’s why I tell them, during demos, not to look around at me but rather to stare inside the camera lens. I learned when I was on the BBC and other TV shows that if you are looking around you’ll look shifty-eyed, not confident.

Other things you should do on TV? Wear a shirt that has a solid color. Blue, or gray, or something like that. Generally avoid white or red or really bright yellow, cause those colors sometimes bloom on TV and don’t look good. But, definitely avoid patterns. The worst will pulsate.

Ask the host where to look. Sometimes they want you to look inside the camera. Other times they don’t. If they want you to look at the camera, stare at it and don’t look away while you’re on air. This is much harder than it looks.

Anyway, if you come to PodTech and you’re in the “hot seat” on my show, you’ll be sitting in a new Haworth Zody chair, worth about $1,000. That was sent to us by Don Lair of It’s a really nice chair, certainly better than the $150 chairs PodTech bought everyone. Thanks Don for letting me try that out and giving our guests a more comfortable experience!

The first guest to use the chair was Dean Haglund, former star on Xfiles.

This week I’ll be scheduling the next two months of ScobleShow guests. I have about 200 requests and can’t get them all on the show, unfortunately.

Got any other tips for people who come on my show?


A blogger I aspire to be like

One blogger in the whole Kathy Sierra thing that I found to do a great job is Jim Turner. He did lots of original reporting over the past two weeks, go back and look at his blog over the past couple of weeks (was one of a handful of bloggers who contacted everyone involved). He didn’t get emotional, even though lots of his friends were involved. He presented the facts as completely and objectively as he could.

If all bloggers did jobs like this then we wouldn’t need calls for blogger codes of conduct.

I count myself in that rebuke. I haven’t been to this level of blogging for a while.

Thanks Jim for providing a good bar for us all to aspire to.

Oh, and Maryam wraps this whole thing up with “nobody looks good in public fights.”

The tech industry in slow period…

When a blogger code of conduct is at the top of Techmeme with hundreds of comments you know something is wrong. I’m reading feeds and I’m just gonna try to get back to the fun part of this industry and say hell with the folks who want to make it not fun.

What has you excited about tech? Is it Vista? Apple TV? What are you doing with tech to improve the world?

I’d love to hear some interesting stories.