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Thoreau’s Secrets for Successful Entrepreneurs


I can’t think of anyone who could offer better motivation for successful entrepreneurs than Henry David Thoreau – so I shot this video at the site where he wrote his famous book, ‘On Walden Pond.’

Thoreau built his own cabin (yes, he’s the grandfather of the tiny house movement) and lived on Walden Pond for a year while writing his book. What I want to talk about is the inspiration that I’ve gotten, especially as an entrepreneur, from a guy like Henry.

One thing he wrote that really resonates with me was his warning about how ‘men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ When I read those words I thought, “No! I’m not going to do that!”

successful entrepreneursThoreau really was  his own man. “Live the life you have imagined,” he wrote, “simplicity, simplicity, simplicity” – advocating freedom from distractions of the endlessly diverting display of the world of stuff, stuff and more stuff – great entrepreneurial advice! “It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about…?”

He was a thought leader and the inspiration for civil disobedience movements around the world – inspiring people like Gandhi and Martin Luther King to lead their own movements and succeed. And he did this in the face of a lot of challenge – lot’s of people didn’t agree with him or they thought he was kind of crazy.

If you’re an entrepreneur, like I’m an entrepreneur, we are doing something that is genuinely challenging and where other people are looking at us and saying, “Oh, that’ll never work. That’s never going to fly.” And yet here we are continuing to pursue something that we really believe in on our path to becoming successful entrepreneurs.

When I’m facing serious challenges in the work that I do – and it comes up pretty often where I’m thinking, “Oh, I’m not sure that this will work,” or I have some doubt. One of the stories that I tell myself is the story of Thoreau and what he did to carve his own path and to try things and to go against conventional wisdom.

So, what are the inspirations and what are the stories that you tell yourself when you’re facing your challenges?

I would love to hear those in the comments.

Join my Videomaking Mastermind group on Facebook and post your videos and share your stories and get positive feedback. Tell us who’s your inspiration and motivation for becoming successful entrepreneurs?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/videomakingmastermind/

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How to make attention grabbing videos

The key to creating attention grabbing videos

Does your business feel invisible?

Let’s face it. The world is a crowded place. And busy. And loud. Which means your small business can feel pretty hidden. And your work ends up lost in the crowd.

And we spend tons of energy trying to figure out what new technique or new tool will help us break through all the noise.

But the real answer isn’t ‘out there’ (with the latest snap chat type app). It’s inside you. Your beliefs. Your experience. Your unique approach is what will make you and your business stand out.

You want to engage your customers, but you need to attract their attention first. So how exactly do you create attention grabbing videos?

Here’s the thing: start by challenging an assumption that your customers are making about how they can get the benefit that your product offers.

To be clear, I’ll say this again in a different way: You have a product that offers a solution to a problem (a.k.a. the benefit). Your customers have a belief system about how they’ll get that benefit. Often this is a limited belief. And their belief is not the truth.

It’s a myth. And that myth is ripe to be busted wide open.

This is a job for Mythbusters!
(Cue Ghostbusters theme song…)

Bust open one of their myths (one of their core beliefs) and suddenly they’ll be intrigued – by you. You’ve got their attention. Challenge one of their assumptions and they’ll start tuning in to what you’re saying. Change one of their assumptions and they’ll start following you – (on Facebook & Twitter & Youtube).

So, how can you do this?

Here’s a case study, (see the video above), which is one of the finest recent examples of mythbusting, and attention grabbing videos, out there.

Case Study: Like A Girl

attention grabbing videoThe Like A Girl video (above) works because it breaks one of our collective myths. After watching you’ll probably never use the expression “like a girl” in a negative way — intentionally or not — again.

The video is striking, and attention grabbing, because it directly challenges our collective myth of what it means to do things “like a girl.” We are shown young individuals (both male and female) standing in front of the camera while being interviewed by documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield. (F.Y.I. Greenfield is the Sundance Film Festival award-winning creator of “The Queen of Versailles”).

Greenfield asks each one to act out phrases like “Run like a girl” and “Fight like a girl.” As you might expect, they do a lot of exaggerated limp arm movements and feeble running in place.

This works because we know this is real. We’re seeing honest reactions. And we believe it because we’re seeing people respond to the prompts the same way we would respond. It confirms our mythical image of the true meaning of “like a girl.”

Then, the same question is posed to a group of young girls. And one tiny girl’s unequivocal: “It means to run as fast as you can,” when asked: “What does it mean to you when I say: ‘Run like a girl?’” is especially moving.

You can’t help but feel a swell of pride — as if you were their parent, maybe — as you watch her dart across the screen with purpose and power. (full disclosure: I have an 13 year-old daughter so I got swayed).

The video brilliantly sets up two groups of people. Pre-adolescent girls — and the rest of the world. Ask a young girl how to run or throw like a girl and she, surprise, runs or throws. Period. She gives it her all.

Ask a young boy how to run like a girl and you know what you’re going to get. (the male version of our myth).

But what really makes the video is when women are asked to perform these tasks like a girl. Somewhere between girlhood and womanhood, it turns out, they’ve accepted the boys’ idea of throwing and running and hitting like a girl, and mockingly flop their hands and legs. The contrast makes it all too clear how young women lose self-esteem the more they grow up and hear “like a girl” as a derogatory statement.

All of the above succeeds in flying under the radar of the viewers. We’re no longer watching an ad – or a commercially sponsored video, We’ve become intrigued by the social experiment that’s unfolding before our eyes. And the ultimate pattern interrupt with the question, at 1:06, “When did doing something like a girl become an insult?”

Now we’re hooked.

By busting open our myth about what it means to be “like a girl”, the company who created this video, Always, has now captured our attention and prompted a great conversation, for example: “Why can’t ‘run like a girl’ also mean ‘win the race’?”, (and I really appreciate the shift in this video from social experiments about beauty – as in the Dove Real Beauty campaign – to one about empowerment).

Always succeeded because their #Likeagirl video redefined the myth behind the phrase “like a girl.” They captured attention – 58 million views on Youtube. And they started a great ongoing conversation

Do something attention grabbing to challenge your crowd

What myth can you bust open? What assumptions are your customers making that you can challenge?

I’ve created a Free Myth Busting Guide with a set of 5 questions to help you discover how to challenge the myth your customers have about achieving the benefits your business offers. Click here to get the guide >

Your Homework

Read the guide & the 5 myth busting questions and come up with a misconception that your crowd has that you can challenge.

Then join my Videomaking Mastermind Facebook Group and post a video that describes the Myth you’re going to bust for your crowd.

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2 Proven Ways to turn Video Viewers into Clients


There’s a problem that I see for people who are making videos – and they’ve been making videos for awhile – but they’re just not getting the response that they hoped for. This is a problem because you’re putting out all this effort, and you want to be giving all this value, but it’s like you’re out in the middle of the wilderness and nobody’s showing up, nobody’s commenting and nobody’s giving you the response you want. And now you’re wondering, “How long do I have to keep on doing this?”

I see this pretty commonly, especially over on Youtube. People have a Youtube channel and maybe they’ve made 30 or 40 videos and none of them have really received much in the way of a response. And people are beginning to wonder, “OK, so I’m making videos, when does this turn into anything? When do I start finding clients for my business?”

Here’s a couple of ways that you can move people along so that they will start showing up as who they are and you’ll be able to identify them and start working with them.

The first step in this process is that you want to start making live video. And the reason that you want to do live video is because you can get people to respond to you in the moment in real time. For example you can ask people to make comments. And when you do you want to be very specific. You want to say the specific word to write in the comments so they know what to do and it’s really easy for them to do.

As soon as someone does that, two things happen which are really great! One of them is that Facebook rewards you. If you make a video and all of a sudden a bunch of people are commenting, even if they’re only commenting with one word, Facebook’s algorithm looks at that and goes, “Oh here’s a really engaged video. Here’s a bunch of people who really like this video. This video must be relevant.”

And they’ll actually start showing your video to more people. The more comments you get, the more people will start seeing your video, which means the more comments you’ll get and it just keeps growing like this – and it’s a perfect way to build your audience and to build your reach.

The second thing that happens is that when people comment, all of a sudden instead of being anonymous video viewers they raise their hand and they show up and you can see on Facebook who they are and their profile picture and their name, and then you can reply and start having a real conversation with them.

So for example, in my case, if I know that you’ve said to me, “I make videos, but I’m not getting the response I want.” Then I can start talking to you about how to address that issue and how we can move forward in helping you get better and better response with your videos. And this is something that you’ve told me that you want to work on. If I start helping you do that, that’s a really attractive thing to be doing. And this is the kind of thing you can be doing with your live video so that you start generating real conversation after the video is over – during the replies with the people who watch. This is so powerful and it’s how you start moving people along from being an anonymous viewer to becoming someone who wants to work with you.

Now doing this kind of thing takes practice. You have to try different ideas and see what works. And the best way to practice is with a group of people who can support you – whether you’re doing it weekly or every other week or every other day. Whatever schedule you choose, you want to be doing it in an environment where you’re getting feedback.

I believe so strongly in this that I’ve decided to launch an ongoing group coaching program for videomaking. You can join this program at the end of May. I’m calling the first session: ‘Go Live & Thrive!’

If you’re interested in joining us – in the comments below write, “Let me in!” And I’ll reply to you and send you the information on how to register and join this program.

I’m hoping to build an enthusiastic group who are all going through the same process together in stepping out into the world and offering your gifts to the world in a way that’s very engaging and very attractive and very interactive using this new medium of live video. So, write below, “Let Me In!” and I’ll get back to you and show you how to do it.

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How to increase audience engagement on live video

Increasing Audience Engagement with Live Video

Let’s say you organized a live event and you managed to get some sponsors and you invited a panel of speakers plus a guest host and then the day of the event turned out to have a torrential rain storm and only 12 people showed up?

Not so great, right?

But what if you live streamed your event? – and encouraged audience engagement? Could you reach a much larger audience and turn your first-time turnout into a big success…?

Here’s an example of a first-time event that had an attendance of fewer than 20 people (including the presenters!) and yet managed to reach an online audience of hundreds viewers who watched the live stream. This case study shows how you can dramatically increase audience engagement.

Just this week, I was at an event that was the first time this event had ever happened. And it was in the morning. It started at 8:00AM and it was on a really rainy day.

You can imagine the turnout we had.

For this event the organizer had recruited three panelists and a host plus another guest speaker and two sponsors who also got up and spoke to the audience – a total of eight people including the organizer himself. The total number of people was less than twenty – so the audience size was pretty modest for this first-time event.

We could have all been quite disappointed at this turnout. However, I was there with my phone and I made the whole thing go live onto Facebook which gave us the chance to reach a much bigger group of people.

I’d like to share with you the results we got from this experiment. There were two things that worked really well for this kind of audience building.

The first thing that happened was that I got up in front of the group and I asked them to pull out their phone and to go to the Awesome Videomakers page on Facebook where they could see the live stream. I enrolled them in the vision of helping us grow the event simply by hitting the share button.

We got a total of 16 shares. Which means practically everyone there actually did what I asked them to. It’s an amazing response from the number of people who were there.

What did that do for us? The live stream had a total reach of over 3,000 people and over 800 views! From an audience of 20 to and audience of 800!

The second thing that we did that seemed to work well was that we asked people who were wathing the video to respond to us during the presentation.

In this case the event was all about leadership for millennials. The organizer of the event asked the audience, “Which generation are you? Are you a millennial? A baby boomer? Generation x? Or generation y? In the comments write in ‘millennial’ or write in ‘baby boomer.'”

And that was a very good prompt. And this is the kind of thing that you want to be doing in your events to get people to respond to you in the comments – even when they’re watching during the replay.

Don’t ask tough questions where they have to write long answers. Give them a multiple choice or give them the word to say to respond. And what that does for you is that it takes an anonymous group of viewers who will now identify themselves. They raise their hand and say, “Here’s my answer.” Facebook displays their name and profile picture so you can reply to them and start having a real conversation.

And then, of course, make sure you invite them to your next event.

Want to learn more about how to increase audience engagement and the nuances of audience building? Then join my Videomaking Mastermind group on Facebook where there’s a daily discussion and lots of video examples being shared.

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How To Live Stream An Event The Right Way


How do you engage your online audience when you want to live stream an event? I’ve been streaming several live events around Boston and while I’ve been learning a lot in the process, I see one big problem.

When you organize a live event, like a workshop or presentation, it’s a ton of work to fill the room!!! If you’ve managed to attract 100 people – that’s a great success!!

The problem is that no matter how big your event, only so many people can fit in the room which limits how fast your audience can grow and keep your event sustainable.

But, what if you could take advantage of all the work you’ve done and reach an audience 10 times the size…?

Going live is a very good idea to give your event more visibility – but there are some very specific things you can do that will make it all the more appealing to your online audience. Because your online audience needs a certain kind of engagement that’s going to attract them and draw them in.

One event that I’ve been going to is called the Boston Speaker Series and it’s hosted by my friend, Kit Pang. It’s a fabulous event. It’s very interactive and I’ve started going there and live streaming it.

At his last event what Kit did to attract his online viewers was to start his live stream with his phone aimed at himself on a selfie stick while he was talking to his in-real-life audience – making sure that the online viewers could see both him and the audience. He got them to practice the opening with them cheering and then he went live and had them all cheer again as the start of his live stream. (watch the video above to see how well this worked)

That’s step #1 in how to live stream an event: Do something really lively and interactive with your audience at the very start of your Facebook live so that anyone who sees it, whether they’re seeing live or seeing it on the replay, will be drawn in immediately and be caught up by this attention-getting thing that you’re doing. Plus, if you’ve done the work to get 100 people in the room, you want to share their energy and enthusiasm for your event.

The next thing that we did was that I got up in front of the group and I challenged them into seeing how many more people could we attract to the event. I told them to pull out their phones and go to Facebook – and the page where the live stream was happening (facebook.com/awesomevideomakers). Then I asked them to hit the share button, make a comment and hit the like button.

This helps in a few ways. Every person who shares the stream will have the live event showing up on their feed – which means that it can be seen by their friends! So, you’re using your audience in the room to grow your audience on Facebook. And when you are getting a lot of likes and comments Facebook rewards you by making your live stream appear to more people. Facebook loves live video and especially live video that has a lot of interaction in the form of likes and comments. So, it’s important to continue to do interactive things with your online audience – getting them to comment – all the way through your event. (note: you can do this even if you have hardly anyone watching live because people watching the replay will leave comments.

The day of the event we reached over 2,800 people and the video had over 800 views. You can watch the whole video here:

When you’ve done all the work (and it’s a lot!) to create a live event don’t miss your chance to capitalize on your efforts to reach an even larger audience – who you can start engaging with. There’s a lot to know about how best to live stream an event – which is why I have a videomaking mastermind group on Facebook where you can share videos you’ve made and learn from myself and other members of the group. Please join us there and I’ll see you in the videos you’re making!

>>Videomaking Mastermind<<

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How to be ignored & unpopular: the Joshua Bell Subway Video

Here‘s a story about great talent going unnoticed.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people.

The questions they were asking:

In a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour do we perceive beauty? Click To Tweet

Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

Why is great talent not enough?

“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.”

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater here in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

The real story behind the Joshua Bell subway video

 

joshua bell subwayWhat bothers me about this story is not that Joshua Bell went unnoticed – it’s the suggestion that since he was ignored there must be something wrong with us and that if we can’t take a few minutes out of our day to notice great talent then we’re kind of doomed to a boring, mundane, existence.

No. I can’t accept this.

What bothers me is that this story is like the one about the king who disguises himself as a beggar and goes out among the common folk – and then ends up being surprised that no one recognizes or accepts him as king once he reveals himself.

There are situations every day of the year where a great many talented people are practicing their craft – and yet they are getting a response equivalent to people ignoring Joshua Bell in the subway.

The simple truth: your talent is not enough

Many of us believe that if we put in the work and we hone our skills and we become the best at what we do – that our talent will shine through and people will recognize and reward us with their patronage.

Actually, you’re story will likely end up like the Joshua Bell subway video. You’ll be ignored.

I know that Joshua’s performance was meant as an experiment and that he purposefully did nothing to showcase himself – except to play his violin. But let’s imagine what he might have done to attract some attention.

Location, Location, Location

Joshua’s first mistake was that he was playing near the entrance to the subway. Everyone knows that early morning commuters are notoriously in a hurry and that when they enter a subway station they will hurry on down to the train platform almost no matter what. On the other hand, the train platform itself has a captive audience – because no matter how much of a hurry you’re in – you’re not going anywhere until the next train comes.

Joshua could have placed himself on a platform and, in between train arrivals, he could have been playing his heart out to an audience that he knew would be forced to wait and listen.

This is important. No matter what it is that you do – you can find an audience that will love your work. Where do they hang out? Where could you find the equivalent of a captive audience? Go there.

Anticipation

joshua bell subway videoThere was a time when all across the United States there were little signs put up along the highway with clever little rhymes. This was an ad campaign by Burma Shave. The series was always in the same structure: four signs each with one line of a rhyme – always humorous with a punch line.

For example:

Don’t put your elbow
Out too far
It may go home
in another car

(there was always a fifth sign that said ‘Burma Shave’ – the ad part)

I remember traveling across the country in my family’s station wagon (at five years old) looking eagerly for the next signs and reading each one aloud. The anticipation was half the fun. I also remember that people made up their own rhymes – as a kind of parody – always ending with ‘burma shave’ which turned out to be an amazingly creative viral strategy for the company.
(full disclosure – the above example may, in fact, be one of the parody rhymes – it’s the only one I can remember off the top of my head)

Not Another Roadside Attraction

joshua bell subway videoTwo decades ago the poet William Stafford used this exact same technique to showcase his poetry. Stafford, a very talented and celebrated poet from Washington state, was grappling with the challenge of how exactly do you bring poetry to the mainstream? How can you get mom and dad and all the kids reading poetry together?

Well, he published a series of poems as roadside attractions along a lonely stretch of highway in the Methow Valley in Eastern Washington. His poems were each placed on weatherproof signs at a series of road turnouts along the route – usually where there was also an incredible view of the natural scenery of the North Cascade Mountains.

A Valley Like This

Sometimes you look at an empty valley like this
and suddenly the air is filled with snow.
That is the way the whole world happened –
there was nothing, and then…

But maybe sometime you will look out and even
the mountains are gone. the world become nothing
again. What can a person do to help
bring back the world?

We have to watch it and then look at each other.
Together we hold it close and carefully
save it, like a bubble that can disappear
if we don’t watch out.

Please think about this as you go on. Breathe on the world.
Hold out your hands to it. When mornings and evenings
roll along, watch how they open and close, how they
invite you to the long party that your life is.

By going to where his target group would be and speaking directly to them, William Stafford captured his audience.

As a result his poetry has been read, and shared, by a larger and far more diverse population.(note these poems were all posted in the pre-internet era.)

You can accomplish the same level of engagement that Stafford did by speaking simply and directly to your audience and addressing their desires.

Imagine if, back in the subway, Joshua Bell had collaborated with a poet who wrote out four lines of poetry about the beauty of music played on a violin – and these lines were then placed on four signs leading to Joshua’s location on a train platform (where everyone would have to listen while waiting for the next train)?

How many would Joshua have engaged then?

Want to harness your audience’s anticipation – and convert your customers into raving fans? That’s why I created Video Power Strategy™, that helps entrepreneurs who are frustrated from spending too much of their time chasing after new clients.

Click here to learn more about Video Power Strategy™.

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What a Boston Attitude Taught me About Ideal Clients

Here’s how I learned the number one thing that you can do to attract your ideal clients

I live in Boston and when I first moved here from the west coast, I didn’t understand a lot about the local culture. One of the first things that I did when I got here was to go down to Cape Cod and check out the beaches. A friend and I drove down to a town called Woods Hole. When we got there we were driving around looking for the local beach and we couldn’t find it.

Then I saw this guy walking along the side of the road and I said, “He looks like he’s local, let’s ask him.” We pulled over and I rolled down the window and I said, “Hey, do you live around here?”

He took one look at me and said, “WHAT’S-IT MATTAH?”

And I thought, “Oh, this is the local greeting…”

It turned out that he warmed up and he did tell us where the beach was, but my point is that his response is exactly the same as what you’re going to get every time you reach out to your prospective clients or to your ideal target audience. They are always going to come back to you and say, “What’s it matter? Why does it matter to me?

If, in your presentation, you’re not telling them why it matters, they’re not going to pay attention. If all you’re talking about is yourself and you’re not talking about them and their problems, they just don’t care.

I’ve been helping entrepreneurs tell their “Why does it matter” story for the last 10 years and I’ve come to believe two things. The first one is that everyone has a story that’s worth listening to. And the second thing is that because you have a story worth listening to, then you have a responsibility to get it out in the world. And yet what I see, over and over, is that a lot of entrepreneurs have got this great gift, they’ve got this great passion, but when it comes time to tell their story, they fumble the ball. And this is even more pronounced when it comes to telling your story on video.

People look at video and they think it’s too much trouble, it’s too daunting, it’s going to take too much time, it’s going to cost too much money – and I’d like to bust those myths wide open.

So, I’ve created a five day mini course that will help you get over the challenges of telling why it matters to your audience using simple tools like your smartphone and live video to reach an audience of any size.

The course is free. Just visit: http://awesomevideomakers.com/live-stream-rockstar/

Sign up for the free course and I’ll see you in the videos that you’re making!

If you want to know what it REALLY takes to attract your ideal clients with video and grow your profitable coaching business that generates monthly revenues of $10K or more, then join my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/awesomevideo…

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How to achieve inconceivable success with live video

Sometimes we can feel like our social media stuff is getting way out of hand. Trying to pay attention to Facebook and Twitter and Youtube and LinkedIn and Instagram and your blog – posting to ALL those platforms – is overwhelming.

It can feel like you’re traveling in six different directions – and it’s a bit of a gerbil wheel because it’s often hard to tell what kind of results you’re getting.

So, recently I decided to take a different approach.

What if I focussed all of my online activities to support things I’m doing offline – in the real world? After all, the main goal of all this online marketing is to actually meet people and start working with them, yes?

I started experimenting with Facebook Live and just last week I achieved *inconceivable live video success…!

I’m now hosting two live events each month and each event has guest speakers. So, my new content marketing strategy has evolved to do weekly interview with a guest of an upcoming event on Facebook Live – where they can share actionable content. We talk about the guest and invite people to come to the next event.

The live video can be shared with the guest’s audience on Facebook in addition to my own – so I’m able to reach new people with every broadcast.

I wanted to share early results from this experiment because it’s doing even better than I expected.

In this recent interview I was talking with Digital Marketer Taylor Kloss via Skype and doing a live broadcast of our conversation. Here’s what happened: this video reached 390 people and the video had 225 views. Now, I had a specific call to action which was to invite people to my Big Idea Lab event which was the first thing I say at the start – so I have a pretty clear idea that 225 people actually saw, heard or watched my invitation!

Comparing this to an earlier post I did to announce the same event. A regular post with an image and a link to register had a reach of only 6 people and there’s no way to tell if any of those people even noticed the invitation.

Clearly Facebook likes live video and will reward you when you make one by showing it to more people.

But it gets better.

I can take the same video and upload it to Youtube and post it on LinedIn and share a screenshot on Instagram (and tag Taylor) and post a link to it on Twitter (and tag Taylor). And, like I’m doing right now, turn it into a blog post and then send it out via email.

This is no longer doing six different things all going in six different directions. One piece of content that took 10 minutes to produce. And it’s in support of growing my community in the real world!

Did it work? As of this writing the next Big Idea Lab has over 50 people registered. Which, as far as I’m concerned is a huge success!

If you’ve gone way down the social media rabbit hole and are feeling a little strung out from your content marketing, I invite you to join me in learning how to build engagement and trust with you ideal clients – before they even meet you – by doing Facebook Live Video.

Take my Free Live Stream Rockstar Challenge >

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How to create change and transformation with video

What’s the biggest thing standing in the way of anyone wanting to create change in their life?

Your business solves a BIG problem – you help your clients make positive changes in their life – and that has huge value, right? So, when you start talking with prospective clients, you may be thinking that if you could just show them the great advantages of working with you, they’d be sure to do it. But describing your process or features, and even your benefits, may not do the trick – no matter how good a job you do of describing your work.

You’re fishing with awesome bait. Why won’t they bite?

The reason is… they don’t think it’s possible.

And this isn’t because they don’t believe you. It’s because they don’t believe in themselves. They don’t think they can do it. They’ve already tried a bunch of things to solve their problem – and it hasn’t worked. So they’ve giving up. They’ve settled for living with whatever version of chronic pain they’re dealing with…

What can you do to help them when they’ve become non-believers? …when they’ve lost their faith?

The answer is simple: tell them a good story.

Tell them a story about someone who is facing the same sort of challenges. Who tried many of the things they tried. Who maybe even gave up on themselves – but who found a solution (by doing your thing).

Why would a story work?

When you tell a story – and this works particularly well with video – the people watching and listening will relate to the character (the hero) of the story. And when the hero experiences pain or despair or triumph – your audience will have the same experience. 

This is the way our brains are wired. When you watch a film – and the main character is having an emotional experience – you experience the same emotions.

This ability is an evolutionary advantage that has been handed down to us since the time of humans sharing stories around a fire. When someone showed up with a story about how they met a tiger and then escaped without getting eating – we’d all pay very close attention – so we could learn about how not to get eaten by the tiger.

When you are able to give your audience the experience of the transformation you offer – a part of the solution to the problem your business serves – you help them believe that a solution is possible. And when they have the experience of possibility with you – you become very attractive. This is why a good story telling video works so well.

Create Change Case Study – Let Me Dance!

Watch the video (above) and you’ll see a group of silver haired women moving gracefully in an adult ballet class.

One by one, they each describe their experience of the class – and we witness their transformation – from feeling old and ordinary to feeling beautiful and able. Listening to the music, watching their movements, hearing their stories about their own transformation – helps us feel the same things they are feeling – gives us the same experience – and helps us believe that we, too, could move gracefully and be beautiful…

How did this video work its magic?

The video was made for an adult ballet class in a small town in the UK. The teacher wanted to attract more students so she engaged a local videographer. The ballet students were shot while they were dancing and also in one-on-one testimonial interviews.

We never hear from the teacher – only her students – who talk about their experience. There’s no script. The whole thing was shot with one camera and available light.

It proves how one simple video – one good story – can create change in our mindset. The dancing women transform – becoming beautiful and graceful before our eyes – making us believers. I couldn’t help thinking, “I hope I’m moving like that when I’m their age,” or better, “I could be moving like that right now!”

And it worked its magic on a multitude. The video has been seen over 1.7 million times on Facebook.

Two things to take away from this video:

1. Testimonial stories can be more powerful and persuasive than talking about what you do yourself.

2. If you pick a beautiful and inspiring story – people will share it (which is how this video has been seen so many times).

If you’d like to have a bigger conversation about the kind of story you could be telling to help your prospective clients believe that their transformation is possible, then contact me for a free Video Power Assessment >

We’ll explore the three things holding you back from telling your story with video and uncover one sure way to move forward with attracting your ideal clients with a better story.

rinse and repeat

Rinse and repeat – Video making by volume

I’d like to let you off the hook.

If you’re like me, you are a bit of a perfectionist. Any time you’ve thought of bringing your work into the world you’ve wanted to make sure that it’s your best. And you take a lot of time polishing and tweaking before you feel ready to show it to anyone.

It doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, your work will get a whole lot better if you focus less on perfecting and more on creating and sharing as often as possible.

How do you ensure you’re doing your best work? Get out in front of people and get their feedback

Case in point comes from a cool little book called Art and Fear. A pottery teacher split his class in half and asked the first half to focus on making one incredibly wonderful piece of pottery. Then he told the other half to make a lot of pots saying they’d be evaluated on their quantity (rather than quality).

So, who came up with the best work?

Invariably, all the best pots came from the group making as many pots as possible.

You can apply this lesson to whatever endeavor you’re engaged with: if you want to make something really great, you need to start making. Striving for perfection will just get in your way.

I know. You just don’t feel ready. You have a Goldilocks mindset. You want everything to be just right.

Don’t let your inner perfectionist hold you back.

Treat your work as an ongoing experiment and embrace the mess you create. Expect the unexpected. Treat everything you do as a learning process.

Do this often. Rinse and repeat.

Case study: Pulse reader

In 2010, right at the time the first ipad came out, two students, Ankit Gupta and Akshay Kothari, were in a one-month course called “Launchpad” in which the students have to start a real company. In order to get into the class you have to pitch a business idea so our two heros raised the question, “why is the experience of mobile news browsing so bad?” And they pitched the idea of a creating a news reader app for the ipad.

rinse and repeatTheir first assignment was to build a functional prototype in 4 days.

To get the job done quickly, they chose to sit in a cafe (a room full of prospective users for their reader) where they had a quick, rough version of their app open on an ipad. Since the ipad was brand new, this was super attractive to everyone who passed by. People who had never seen one would ask about the ipad and they’d let them play with the basic version of their new app. They got tons of immediate feedback from cafe patrons and, as a result, went through hundreds of small revisions each day.

Their published app, called “Pulse Reader” turned out impressive enough to be shown off by Steve Jobs himself and, later on, was sold to LinkedIn for $90 million!! (this story came from the book, Creative Confidence)

How can you get into the rinse and repeat mindset?

Move from planning to action. Share quick, rough versions of a product or service your working on to get fast feed-back. Put a time constraint on yourself. Imagine you have a boss who’s telling you, “I want to see something by the end of the day.” See how quickly you can turn your ideas into action.

Rinse and repeat is a core principle of my program, Video Power Strategy™. It’s about engaging your audience in a way that they ensure you’re doing your best work.

As an experiential educator I’ve seen first-hand how well learning by doing works. If you want to do your best work (and if you want your business to thrive) then you need to jump in with rapid innovation cycles of creating a piece of work, showing it off and learning from the feedback you get. Learn by doing. Rinse and repeat.

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