RELATECasts is the video broadcasting division of RELATE Corporation.
Use the links below to find out more about RELATECasts, read our guest guidelines, or apply to be a guest on one of our shows!
Click on a show logo to visit its page or click on its screenshot to visit the video channel. Find us on YouTube: www.youtube.com/relatecasts.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Appearance
Being a guest on a RELATECASTS show is easy and shouldn’t take too much of your time. Whether you’re a seasoned guest or a first-time in front of a camera one, the following guidelines should help you have a great show appearance and a solid marketing opportunity for you and/or your company.
Every show is streamed live on LinkedIn and Facebook, and uploaded to YouTube.
The recorded show will be uploaded to our RELATECASTS YouTube channel found at:
We detail the information we need from you in the Apply to Be a Guest form below.
Yes! We use vMix to stream exactly what viewers are seeing back to you—no need to open up the stream separately.
Note that your own video feed will seem delayed while we're recording live; this is just a side effect of processing video and sending it back to your computer, but your audio and video will play in sync for the audience.
You’ll be talking with us on the "live" show (see samples of our videos to see what the end result looks like) but during the interview you will be talking to your video camera.
Be sure to look at it occasionally during the interview as that’s how you make “eye contact” with the audience. All our interviews are relaxed, fun conversations. Think of this as a great conversation over dinner or drinks and you’ll do well.
We will call you via Skype usually 15 minutes before the show recording. This is our pre-show and it’s where we do some light chatting, check audio/video settings, make sure names/titles are correct and review any show specifics before starting the recording.
Tips for Getting Audio & Video & Lighting
We want your appearance on our show to be a successful one. Here are some guidelines to help you look, sound and feel good!
You can use either a Mac or a PC. If you have a laptop, keep in mind they usually have poor webcams and even poorer microphones built in.
We would recommend that you hook up an external webcam and/or microphone to your laptop to ensure good video and audio quality. Note: if you have a Mac, the FaceTime webcam is usually pretty good, but you would do better with an external microphone.
Headphones or earbuds are generally preferable to speakers, as your microphone will probably pick up your speaker's output and cause audio feedback.
There are thousands of microphones out there and a large number are quite good. What isn’t good is a cheap built-in laptop mic, cheap lavalier mics, cheap headset mics or mics that come built into your monitor.
Ideally, a good condenser mic is the best choice as it has a warmer sound. There are many good USB mics and quite a few decent headset mics. Some brands to consider are: (not listed in any order)
– SAMSON / ZOOM
– BLUE MICROPHONE
First, Go to Settings
Next, Select Audio & Video
In the Audio & Video box, scroll down to Microphone and:
1. De-select the box which automatically adjusts your volume
(this often causes many problems)
2. Set your microphone volume as high as possible
Ah, yes, Skype! Between bandwidth and Skype we have nightmares at night before each show… Skype is a fabulous tool that every so often simply gives us problems due to bandwidth, bad audio settings or bad video/audio. Following are some screenshots of what to set up in Skype prior to a show to ensure your audio quality is as good as it can get (that means you sound great, clear and understandable).
Another issue we often have with guests is that they’re nearly invisible dark smudges with no discernible features, or they're too bright and look ghost-like. Hmm? That doesn’t sound too good, does it? We want you to look great!
Lighting is very important for good video quality and even more so when you’re using a webcam. Webcams make you look best when the subject, you, is lit up properly. Too much light and your image is burned out. Too little light and no one can recognize you.
Here are some recommendations for good lighting:
1. Make sure you have some light source in front of you or a little on the side. We want people to see your face!
2. Try to minimize the amount of back light because that tends to create contrast and makes your image darker. Bright windows behind you are a no-no.
Feel free to get a hold of us prior to the show. See our Contact form and we’ll get back with you as quickly as possible, or sooner!
Note that our Be a Guest form below also has a questions/comments section.
You can read our show hosts' bios below.
Current hosts are directly below.
Read about past hosts by clicking here.
Rick is a seasoned pro with over 25 years in IT and 17 in eLearning and development. He has run a successful consulting firm, RELATE Corporation, since 1984. Rick’s expertise lies in business and technology. He has worked in finance, insurance, publishing, manufacturing and distribution environments.
A life-long techie, he is a geek at heart. He brings a wide array of experience and knowledge as a host of tech and media shows.
In his spare time, Rick teaches martial arts, and has articles written on the subject which are read worldwide. He is an avid reader, writer, audio and video professional. Rick is always busy!
Check out Rick's photography work on SmugMug: Click here.
The Queen of eLearning in the UK, Lesley is an eLearning consultant with a far-ranging career background, having successfully planned and executed major eLearning initiatives in government, corporate, and non-profit environments.
The Senior Consultant and self-professed Chief Cook & Bottle-Washer of Learn Appeal, Lesley uses her broad range of expertise and her industry-spanning network of friends and colleagues to bring the non-profit's revolutionary educational services to under-served communities worldwide.
You can learn about her current work at www.learnappeal.com
Susan is the Director of Education and Professional Development at AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists).
Geologist, writer, and eLearning titan, Susan is prolific in both fiction and nonfiction,
with a multitude of books written on eLearning, education, literary analysis,
and other subjects.
You can find most of her websites at www.beyondutopia.com
Besides running the show's live productions, Harold occasionally co-hosts
on all current RELATECasts shows.
Here you can find bios of our hosts who no longer regularly present RELATECasts productions, but have in the past.
You can return to our current hosts by clicking here.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Geoff is involved in training and development, especially in the corporate sector.
He produces eLearning modules using Adobe Captivate and Lectora and creates voice-overs for them, and is deeply interested in all things
photography and videography.
Multi-award winning learning technologist and innovative leader. An enthusiastic go-getter who thrives when interacting with others and passionately believes that corporate learning should meet the needs of modern learners while focusing on desired business outcomes.
Lisa Goldstein collaborated with Lesley Price to found and run L&D Global Events from 2013 to 2016. L&D Global Events was an online learning & development publication with interviews of industry leaders, a collection of resources for beginner and veteran training professionals alike, and a comprehensive calendar of L&D conferences, workshops, webinars, and other events across the globe.
You can find Lisa on LinkedIn here.
Jeff is a podcaster, video blogger, and voice over actor.
Ranked by LinkedIn as one of the TOP 24 B2B Marketers to Follow in 2019 and ranked as one of the top 50 women influencers on-line in FastCompany’s Influence project,
Gina continues to be voted as one of the top online social media coaches by
Content and Digital Marketing World.
She’s the president and founder of SocialKNX, a digital marketing and social media management company in Colorado and the founder of The Village Workspace in Denver which is a coworking space designed with the female entrepreneur in mind!
Gina is married and is the co-founder of 4 tech-savvy kids who call her on their Alexa devices all the time!
As an author, podcaster, blogger, and the lead coach at DIYsocial, she lives in a digital world all the time.
Here to help us make sense of today’s changing digital landscape and learn to thrive into the future is Gina Schreck…
Her website is www.socialknx.com
Sergey is the CEO and founder of BranchTrack, an authoring tool which creates interactive branching training scenarios, making gamified dialogue and procedure simulations possible.
See what BranchTrack has to offer at www.branchtrack.com
Dawn J. Mahoney is a Training professional and extensive experience in Instructional Design, Training delivery and eLearning. She is an active member of ASTD and a CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance).
As conference chair, Dawn lead a team of volunteers to design and facilitate the annual fall ASTD Leaders Conference (ALC).
During the planning year, team members were responsible for attending monthly virtual planning sessions, hiring keynote speakers, reviewing and selecting concurrent session through a rigorous RFP process.
Volunteer team members partnered with members of the ASTD staff and its vendors to ensure a significant conference experience.
Catch up with Dawn on LinkedIn here.
Kirsten Rourke is the owner of Rourke Computer Training and has been providing customized software training in the Boston area since its founding in 2000.
Kirsten is an Adobe Certified Instructor and a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+). She has been teaching software since 1998 and had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of clients in the US and 12 other countries.
Transformationalist Muse: Conscious Business Consulting, Social Media Consultant, Author, Nature Photographer, Multi-Sensory Journeys, Passionate Communicator.
Watch Social We Media episodes on Vimeo here.
You can find Carly on YouTube here.
Tricia Ransom is a senior learning specialist at Guardian Analytics where she designs, develops, and delivers customer training.
With over 15 years’ experience as an L&D consultant, eLearning developer,
instructional designer, and facilitator, Tricia focuses on creating short, relevant,
and social learning solutions.
Tricia holds a master’s degree in training and development from
Roosevelt University, Chicago.
Connect with Tricia over LinkedIn here.
With focused creativity and an eye for aesthetics, Trina writes, designs, develops, and delivers award-winning eLearning and Instructor-led programs that leap performance barriers and delight learners and stakeholders alike.
Whatever your performance or communication challenge she’s here to listen, learn, collaborate and create with you.
You can find Trina's LinkedIn page here.
Coline T. Son Lee, CISA, PMP, CPLP – “the sultry voiced co-host with many letters” is a workplace learning and performance (WLP) specialist. She is a principal at Everest CS based in Southern California.
Her skills include uncovering business and learner needs in almost any industry, digging down to the actual root causes of performance issues, developing customized interventions and designing learning programs that bring real business results.
Coline has an international career background spanning 15 years in logistics, supply chain management, procurement, construction, retail sales and software development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems, as well as several highly recognized certifications.
In her spare time she enjoys hiking, tennis and boxing.
Her hobbies include photography and cooking.
Visit Coline on LinkedIn here.
Jean is a professional speaker with eleven years of training and coaching experience. She has had the opportunity to work and consult with the following industries: non-profit, law, entertainment, technology, government, health care, recruiting, hospitality, education, financial services and real estate.
Jean has worked in six countries for up to three hundred people.
Jean received her B.A. with cum laude honors at UCLA in Communications and Business Administration. She completed the Train the Trainer course with the American Society for Training and Development and served on that organization’s Los Angeles board. As a performing artist, Jean studied at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. She has performed in theater, television, voice-over and film.
Her website is www.jeanfranzblau.com
Terrence was a multi-talented professional and good friend to us here at RELATE. He was a mentor to many, a leadership coach, a social media advocate, a sales manager, and a master in Instructional Technology. Terrence left us all way too early at the age of 42.
We all miss him dearly. May he rest in peace.
Our mission has been to provide superior technical services with a human touch. As new technology emerges, we will be right there prepared to use them for your advantage.