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Is it real or is it Internet video?

December 1st, 2006

I went to (and hosted) a lot of conference and workshops in November.

Maybe too many. I’m still trying to digest them all.

Here’s something interesting that happened at one of them. It was a three day event so I skipped some of the live presentations with the idea that I’d catch them later on video.

One of the speakers sent me an e-mail of his talk a few days after the program with a link to watch the video of his talk online. I did.

Three weeks later, we were on the phone talking about his presentation and for a minute I couldn’t remember whether I’d seen it live or on video.

Am I losing my memory? Am I trying to jam too much info in in too short a period of time?

No. Video is powerful. It’s so close to "real life" that under certain circumstances your memory will encode video events as if they actually happened in real life.

If you’re not blown away by the obvious sales applications in a phenomenon that, you’re probably not cut out for sales and marketing.

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  1. December 3rd, 2006 at 12:15 | #1

    Ken – thanks for sharing your experience! You brought up some interesting points that I’d never thought about before. My comments about your story are posted at: http://btv-news.com/index.php/33/is-it-live-or-video
    PS: I tried to do a trackback link to your post but it didn’t seem to work. Do you not allow trackbacks on your blog? It’s a feature that I don’t see too many people using these days. Perhaps it creates problems that I should know about. Just curious.

  2. Ken McCarthy
    December 3rd, 2006 at 23:18 | #2

    Thanks for the link. Very interesting site. I recommend everyone check it out.
    I don’t know all the pros and cons of trackbacks. My grasp of the fine points of blog promotion is a bit shaky.
    If anyone has an opinion, let us know.

  3. December 4th, 2006 at 12:56 | #3

    This reminds me of the time I told my wife about something interesting a friend of mine said to me about politics. She looked at me funny and then said, “That wasn’t a friend of yours. That was Josh Lyman on ‘The West Wing.’ And I was watching with you.”

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