Milo's periodic journal of
learning, life-tips, and laughter

Feb 2018

YouTube Tip


Ever wished you could take people to a specific part of a YouTube video, perhaps in an email or FB post?  Now you can; see it in the video below where you'll jump past the 15-second intro right to the first section called "Milo on The Power of Stories."


How do you do it?  First, there are two formats for YouTube video URLs.


  • If I have the shorter link style (the one with "" in it),
    to start 2 min 32 sec in, I'd add at the end: ?t=2m32s

  • For the longer "www" style link, to start the video 1 min 52 sec in,
    add at the end: &t=1m52s


It's just an "&" instead of "?" on the longer one.  See it in action:


So, for example, on my long-named YouTube video above ,

I added the extra eight characters, setting the link to:


Likewise, on my short-named YouTube video ,

I can take you 36 seconds in past the part where we'd gotten about 20 audience suggestions for the improvised song and the singing starts just a few seconds later:


Public Speaking Tip of the Day

Besides giving a feeling of connectedness, there's another reason to make good eye contact with your audience:  nerves!  I often hear in my coaching practice, "I'm okay with one or two people; it's when there's a whole lot that I seem to fall apart!"

For many, addressing that sea of faces is intimidating.  But when we connect with just one person for five to ten seconds, perhaps getting a nod or a smile from them, it reminds us that we ARE addressing each person individually... and this one man just represents them.  And then, just that one woman.  And then this other woman.  And so on.

While it might seem like you're ignoring the bulk of the room doing that, experience shows that the room actually feel more connected to you when they see you genuinely related to one of them rather than trying to cover everyone the whole time.

One of the many tips in "Public Speaking: Get A's, Not Zzzzzz's!"

Or my Amazon #2 BestSeller for the next generation:

Today's Humor

Morty is turning 90 today, so his buddies chip in to send him a lady of the evening. 

Around 6pm, "Amber" rings his doorbell and Morty is surprised to see the pretty young woman there.

"Hi!" Amber says.  "I'm here to give you super sex!"

Morty thinks for a minute and says, "I'll take the soup."

(If you don't get it, read Amber's line aloud slowly.)

A Final Thought for Today

In teambuilding, it's not about winning; it's about fully participating.

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal:
It is the courage to continue that counts."

Winston Churchill

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