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Why just being different isn’t enough and what to do instead

 

I believe the best route to success is to carve your own path. And for most people that means doing something different. But being different is not enough. You need to show how you make a difference.

What does this look like…?

My very first business was an outdoor program for young people.

The magic formula? Cramming 10 teenagers into a little open boat for three weeks.

After running this program for 6 years – Outward Bound took notice. They offered to buy my company & hire me. All of a sudden I was working for an outdoor school that earned over $5 million annually & making a differnce for thousands of young people.

If I had first knocked on Outward Bound’s door to work with them – no one would have answered. But by carving my own path & making a difference, I got their attention.

My second business was a fair trade music company. I built an online platform where you could stream and download music from around the world.

The magic formula? When you heard a song on the radio you’d never heard before, you could go online and download the music – and the artists earned half from every sale.

After operating this business for 6 years – National Geographic took notice. They offered to buy my company and hire me.

All of a sudden I was working with a media company that earned over $500 million annually and my music service was in front of 2 million National Geographic viewers and making a difference for thousands of artists.

If I had first knocked on National Geographic’s door asking to work with them – no one would have answered. But by carving my own path & making a difference, I got their attention.

Now my work is helping influencers and entrepreneurs carve their own path – with video. And now I’m making a difference for thousands of business owners around the world.

If you’d like to explore how you can make more of a difference by using video, then get started with my Awesome Video Toolkit: http://awesomevideomakers.com/awesome-videomakers-toolkit/

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Taking the fear out of doing video (with one simple trick)

How do you deal with fear..? Especially when you hop in front of a camera?

I just attended a 1-day event with Jack Canfield, author of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ and there was this one GREAT activity Jack did with us that’s designed to help entrepreneurs get over their fears – and will help you upgrade your business mindset.

Watch, and try it out with me…​

Want practice pushing through fear and doing it anyway? Then join my Videomaking Mastermind group on Facebook where we’re all practicing doing stuff that we’re sometimes afraid of on a daily basis…

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

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Cinderella gave me the best advice on how to show up

Because of my daughter I tend to watch a fair number of movies with female heroes. This year Wonder Woman and Super Girl have played across our home screen. But recently we got the DVD to the 2015 version of Cinderella, and not only did I like it, I picked up one of the greatest lessons in how to show up the world.

In the final scene (watch the video) Cinderella has finally been found by the prince. But from her perspective, the jig is up. After all, her only previous encounter with the Prince was at the ball when she had used magic to transform herself into a princess. Now she has to literally come out of the closet and reveal herself as a servant, an orphan, a nobody.

At the moment of truth she catches her reflection in the mirror and the narrator intones, “It is perhaps the greatest risk any of us will take, to be seen as we truly are.”

and then says, “Have courage and be kind.”

Compare this to how most people are choosing to show themselves – especially online – with polished images and perfect seeming lives.

And when we’re showing ourselves on video, it can be especially challenging because we feel as though the whole world could be judging us, right? But when you show up as the person who you are, that can be one of the most attractive things you can do.

So, the next time you get in front of the camera, remember Cinderella: Have courage and be kind.

If you want to practice growing your courage and kindness, (as well as grow your business) then you should join my Big Reach Video group program where you can learn to use live video to build a tribe of raving fans for your business. I’m starting a new group of 20 participants at the end of the month so don’t wait!

Sign up right here >

 

 

 

 

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Why Fear of Missing Out will make you question everything

Today only: Why Fear of Missing Out will make you question everything and how you can put the fear of missing out into every live video you make. (see what I did there?) Don’t miss my Live Masterclass: ‘The 5 Mistakes People Make When They Go Live That Keep Them From Getting Clients’ https://www.crowdcast.io/e/5-mistakes-masterclass

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How do you get a live audience on your Facebook Live?

How do you get a live audience on your Facebook Live? Getting people to join you when you go live can be a challenge. (I know, there’s nothing more discouraging when you go live than seeing the number of viewers at 0). Here’s 5 tips for gathering your crowd and building your live viewers.

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Hate the way you look on video?

Like this video? If you want to start really loving the way you show up on camera then join the free masterclass I’ve just created:
“5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When They Go Live That Keep Them From Getting Clients”

Join the free masterclass right here – it’s FREE!
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/five-mistakes

Hate the way you look on video? How do you get comfortable in front of the camera? How do you learn to love the way you show up doing live video?

Today I want to talk about the number one thing I’m hearing most often from people that’s really holding them back from making video and especially from making live video. People are telling me again and again that they really just don’t like the way they look on camera, or they don’t like the way they sound on camera. They say, “Well I made a video and I looked at myself and you know what? I just don’t think I look that great.”

What I’m going to address is how do you learn to love the way you show up when you’re in front of the camera?

In front of the cameraWhen I was a little kid I was living in a house where all the mirrors all over the house were way up high, way above my head. By age 3 or age 4 I didn’t actually know what I looked like. At the time I had this really positive self image. In fact my hero was the western TV star Michael Landon. You probably remember Michael Landon from the show, “Little House on the Prairie.” But I remember him from an earlier western that was called, “Bonanza” and he was really handsome and he was really cool and I thought he was the best thing ever. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to be Michael Landon. And I thought that I looked like Michael Landon.

One day I went into our big bathroom and I climbed up onto the rim of our clawfoot bathtub and from there I climbed up onto the sink and above the sink there was a bathroom mirror. I stood up on the sink and balanced myself and I could see myself in the mirror…

And what I saw was this little kid with a completely shaved head and this really big forehead and a really tiny, scrunched face. I did not look anything like Michael Landon and I was horrified.

I went down, with tears in my eyes and found my mother in the kitchen. She remembers this story and actually tells this story over and over. To her credit and great wisdom she took me out bought a mirror – a big nice mirror with a wooden frame – and she hung it in my bedroom at my height so that when I got up in the morning my mirror was there. When I got dressed in the morning, I could stand in front of the mirror and get dressed. And every day I would see myself and over and over in this practice of looking in the mirror and seeing myself, I got really used to who I was. In fact not only did I get used to who I was, I really fell in love with my reflection and who I was.

Honestly, I used to do stuff like dance in front of the mirror and then I would hold up a hair brush and pretend it was a microphone. And I would sing rock songs in front of the mirror. And I became a rockstar – to myself. And my reflection of me was rockstar.

This really works. Anyone can do this. I’m sure you’ve had some experience of looking at yourself in the mirror and feeling that self love. And if you haven’t, trust me, try it. This is a life skill. With this kind of practice, you can learn to love how you show up in the mirror.

The really good news is that right now, with all of these rectangular smartphone things, we now carry a mirror in our pocket everywhere we go. And there’s nothing better or easier that you can do than pull out your phone, turn on the camera, (remember to turn is sideways) and hit record. And talk to yourself. You don’t have to try and broadcast anywhere, but just make a recording and then look at that recording. And then tomorrow do it again. And the next day keep on going. With this practice, the same as what I experienced growing up, you will not only get used to look and the way you show up and the way you sound, but you will learn to love the way you look and sound. You’ll actually learn to love the person who your are when you’re showing up.

The other good news – and this is specifically to doing live video – when you go live no one out there expects you to be perfect. They don’t expect you to be a rockstar. They expect you to be yourself. And the more you show up as yourself, the more they are going to resonate with you. What happens is that you go live and people go, “I like this!” I promise you by doing this, by pulling out your phone, hitting record, going live, people will like your thing, they will comment, they will say, “You’re awesome!” And what will happen is that you’ll start believing it.

You’ll be thinking, “Wow! People think I’m awesome.”

Over time you will start feeling, “I am really doing something. I’m showing up as who I am. I’m offering people something that is valuable to them and they’re appreciating it.” And that’s as far as you need to go. The more you do that the more you realize you are doing it.

And if you’d like to know a good place to start, I’d like to invite you to a free masterclass I’ve created called “5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When They Go Live That Keep Them From Getting Clients” where you’ll start really loving the way you show up on camera. You can join right here – it’s FREE!

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/five-mistakes

Here’s to loving the way you show up and getting completely comfortable in front of the camera…

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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 1,000 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 FREE 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 do a 2 Person Broadcast on Facebook Live Stream

It’s here! Now you can do a 2 person broadcast on Facebook live stream. Today I want to tell you about something I’m really excited about which is the new feature that Facebook Live has rolled out recently that allows you to do 2 person broadcast on Facebook Live. You can even do Facebook Live with multiple presenters.

The cool thing about it is that it gives this fabulous reach. Every time you do a 2 person broadcast, your live stream is going to be shared to all of your guest’s followers.

So try this out on your own. Do a Facebook live stream with 2 people.

And then don’t forget to join my FREE Videomaking Mastermind group on Facebook

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

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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 FREE 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 be the MacGyver of Social Video Marketing

I want you to feel like you’ve just discovered the Swiss army knife for attracting clients online with social video marketing.

How many people out there are MacGyver fans?

As you know, MacGyver’s the guy who could take a roll of duct tape and a paper clip and fix just about anything. What I want to do is show you how using live video can be the duct tape and paper clip fix for attracting all the clients you need.

The problem that I see is this: We’re all spending a lot of time engaging with people through social media, in our blog, sending out email and all of these different platforms take up all this extra time. It’s a big, big job to do and the more you look at Facebook and then you look at Twitter and then you look over at LinkedIn, the more it can feel overwhelming.

social videoI want to show you the cure for this. Here’s the MacGyver thing. You can be all over the place with social media and then somebody like me comes along as says, “Hey, I got an idea for you. Why don’t we make video?” And the first thing that’s popping into your head is, “Oh no! Not another thing. You mean I have to do video too?”

But if you use live video and you’re just using your phone, first of all you don’t need any other fancy gear – you already have a phone – and when you do the video, the only time it takes is the time to talk into your camera. And when you’re done, you’re really done. There’s no editing, there’s no post production, you don’t even have to upload it anywhere, it’s already up. And the cool thing is that because it’s up on a platform like Facebook – Facebook is where everybody is. Now you’re able to reach a very large and targeted group of people.

But this is where the duct tape comes in.

You can take that same piece of content – the same video – and repurpose it onto Youtube, your blog, into an email blast, on LinkedIn and even take the audio and turn it into a podcast. So, if you’re already blogging or if you’re already doing a podcast or if you already have a Youtube channel, you can start with a Facebook Live video and then use the same content on all your other platforms – and be everywhere in no time at all.

If you really want to really master the MacGyver approach to making social video then join my FREE Videomaking Mastermind Facebook Group where you can post your videos, get positive feedback and learn from what others are doing.

Facebook.com/groups/videomakingmastermind