Professional communicators, whether they are marketers, PR people, journalists or ad professionals, often find themselves watching videos on YouTube, and not for entertainment. YouTube hosts a treasure trove of valuable professional content, including:
- Keynote speeches
- Conference sessions
- Product demonstrations
- How to videos
- Industry podcasts
- Expert interviews
The problem is that though the content is valuable, consuming it takes more time than you’d like to devote to it. How many times have you come across a 90-minute webinar on a topic you know is valuable to you only to set it aside for “when you have more time,” and that time inevitably never comes?
Fortunately, YouTube has a little-known tool that will literally cut the time in half that it takes to watch these videos. Today is your lucky day because I’m going to tell you how to find this valuable tool!
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First, find that webinar video you’ve been putting off till you have more time and then cast your gaze to the bottom of the video, where the play and pause controls are. Shift your gaze to the bottom right-hand corner of the video where you’ll see additional controls. The one in the middle that looks like a gear is your Settings control.
Click on the gear icon to activate it. The Settings menu will appear, from which you’ll see the Speed option. Click on that.
Now you have the options to choose the playback speed of your videos. You can slow it down to a quarter of the normal speed (but why would you want to do that?) and you can speed it up to twice as fast as the normal speed. Click the number 2 or 1.5, if you prefer speakers who don’t sound like they’ve just inhaled helium.
Return to your video and watch it. Your video will sound funny at first (especially at twice the speed) but your ear will quickly adjust while probably adding a year to your life!
Try it out on this video of Glenn discussing innovation & creativity:
Hat tip to Efficiency Is Everything, who provide the same tip for how to watch Netflix videos faster.
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