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Get comfortable in front of the camera
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How to get comfortable in front of the camera doing live 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’m going to talk about the 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 join my Videomaking Mastermind group on Facebook where there are a bunch of Awesome Videomakers who are making videos and they’re posting them into the group where we can all look at them and give them kudos and give them praise and give them very constructive, helpful feedback on how to be even more awesome. You can join right here – the group is FREE!

http://facebook.com/groups/videomakingmastermind

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

Video for your business
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3 Best Ways to Make Awesome Video for Your Business

Wondering how to make video without taking a lot of time? Here’s my 3 step strategy which will guide you in the best ways to make video for your business.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: you’re thinking, “Oh video! That’s too much trouble. That’s gonna take way too much time!”

So let’s be honest.

There are lots of ways that you can make video that are really time consuming.

But today, I’m going to show you a system – three simple steps – so that you can put your video out there and you can be sure that you’re going to get a good response from all the effort that you put into making your video.

Sound good?

Step #1 is that you start by going live on Facebook. Now why do you do that? It’s because of reach. You’re going to be able to reach all your friends and all your followers on Facebook because that is where they already are.

Facebook loves live video.

And it rewards you when you make a live video by giving you this huge reach. So, you make a video and it’s typically going to reach out to about 1,000 people – and out of those 1,000 people, several hundred of them will watch your video. That’s the reward that Facebook gives you – every single time.

The real reason to start with live is because it’s easy. The time that it takes you to go live is all the time it takes to make your video. When you’re done, you’re done. There’s no post production, there’s no editing. You don’t even have to upload it anywhere. It’s already live.

If you’re wondering about how do you make video without taking a lot of time or going to a lot of trouble: go onto Facebook. Use the Facebook app. Go live. Press the button, and you’re done!

OK, so what’s step #2?

After you go live, you take that same video and you add a nice introduction that’s been pre-recorded that says, “Hello, I’m this person and I do this thing and today this is what we’re going to talk about.” And put that at the beginning of your video.

At the end, take another section that’s a pre-recorded video that says, “Thanks so much for watching and make sure that after you watch you do this thing that I want you to do.” And give them a call to action.

You take those two parts and you just bolt them onto your video with an editing tool like iMovie – and upload this longer video onto Youtube.

Now why do you upload onto Youtube? Because when you’re on Youtube, now you’re going to get search. On Facebook you get reach, but you don’t get any search. People aren’t going to search for you on Facebook and find you by searching. But they will search for the problem that you solve in your video or the answer to the question that they have that’s in your video. And they go onto Google or they go onto Youtube and they look for the answer you’re providing, and if you have a video on that subject, they can find you and watch your video. So you get more views this way.

And this keeps going on forever when you have a video on Youtube. The unfortunate thing about Facebook is that it gives you great reach but has a short shelf life. Your video goes up but within 24 hours that’s kind of it. It’s not going to get a lot more views. But as soon as you put it on Youtube, it has a shelf life that lasts for a really long time.

Step #3 is you take that video – the same video – and embed it onto your blog. You reach out to your email list and say, “Hey, I just made this great video for you!” Put a little thumbnail picture of the video in the email and you get them to click through and go to your blog post and watch it.

That will create the same kind of search index for people coming to your blog and coming to your website – where you can engage them further. If they’re new visitors, you can invite them to join your email list.

These three steps:

  1. Start with FB live (big reach!!)(no time!!) – do something actionable – people are looking for results – you want to give them the experience of getting the results they’re looking for…
  2. Post on youtube (search!!)(long shelf life!!)
  3. Post on your blog (web site) add bonus content that people can download (grow your email list) bing!!!

Here’s the thing – this information is awesome – but if you don’t make these changes then you will spend too much time and not get the return you’re looking for — if you want to really make these changes then you’ll want to join my free training Live Stream Rockstar.  You can sign up and get immediate access right here >

And join my Videomaking Mastermind Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/videomakingmastermind/

Go do that !! Right now!! I’ll wait right here…

live video success

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 >

Take the Plunge

How jumping in cold water every morning helped my business grow

Sometimes lessons in what it takes to help your business grow come from the most unlikely places.

Take the plunge

I used to work for Outward Bound. Every morning we jumped in the ocean. It was always cold. Really cold. And yet we made everyone take the plunge. There was only one way to get used to it.

Do it every day.

At first it seemed like maybe this really wasn’t such a good idea. But by jumping in every day, it became normal. We didn’t just turn it into a daily practice, we made jumping in the ocean part of our cultural identity. When we each agreed to take the plunge, we became members of a tribe who were people of the water. We jumped in every day because we now believed that this was how we how we thrived.

It sounds crazy. It was crazy. No matter the weather, no matter how cold, we jumped in all the way.

Getting your feet wet as a daily practice

Since then I’ve seen first hand how developing a regular practice of ‘getting your feet wet’ works really well for growing your business.

We tend to develop our new stuff in a closet. Musicians call this ‘woodshedding’ – as in a long period of practicing your instrument out back in the wood shed so no one can see or hear you until you’re good enough.

This is not the way to grow your thriving enterprise. If you spend six months developing your next big project on your own, you may well find that you’ve spent all that time on something that no-one cares about.

You need to take the plunge with your new projects.

Jump in – get your feet wet – every day. I know. You’re not quite ready yet. It could be really cold!!

But, if you share some small part of what you’re working on you’ll get feedback right away.

Show Your Work

You may have noticed that this site is all about making videos. So what can you do with video as a daily practice?

You can show your work.

It’s all about reaching out to those you want to connect with. And you know what? If you start sharing part of your work each day you’ll actually start changing your identity. You’ll move from someone who’s thinking about doing something to someone who’s doing stuff.

The art of a daily share-your-work practice is about experimenting your way to success – to stop planning and start acting.

If you’re thinking about plunging in yourself you may be wondering what exactly does it look like?

Here are some helpful guidelines:

1. Plunging has three goals: showcase your creative process, share your vision, learn something from your audience.
2. It gets your feet wet right now. There’s no waiting around. Take a deep breath and… jump.
3. It’s simple.
4. It gets your blood going & moves you out of your comfort zone.
5. It puts you out there in front of your audience.
6. It’s an opportunity for growth.

Sharing early, messy versions of your work can be scary – you will meet your resistance – and you may find your audience doesn’t want what you’re creating.

But that’s how you learn.

And better to learn quickly, with others engaged with you along the way so you can jump in again. (if you fall off your horse, the best thing is to get right back up in the saddle again)

What plunging is not

1. It’s not deciding something. It’s deciding and then doing it.
2. It’s not staying in the closet. It puts you in front of your audience.
3. It’s not about sharing only with your friends and family. You need to jump out in front of the people you most want to impact and serve.
4. It’s not taking a class. You want to be sharing your gifts with the world. Now!

The benefits to getting your feet wet? You’ll avoid costly mistakes. You’ll learn what really works. You’ll do something now. Think for a moment about what getting your feet wet looks like for you. What action can you take that meets the six stages of plunging above?

Here’s how to get started. Just fill in the blanks…

My Next Plunge is: ____________________ (short phrase)
Timeline/deadline: ____________________
Learning Goal: ____________________

Want to jump in with support from others?

Join my Facebook Group >

live video success

How to Achieve Inconceivable Live Video Success

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 on 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 feed 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 (see video above) because it’s doing even better than I expected.

Live Video Success

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 333 people and the video had 198 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 said at the start) – so I have a pretty clear idea that 198 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 43 people registered. Which, as far as I’m concerned is a huge success!

If you’ve been going way down the social media rabbit hole and you’re feeling fatigued from your content marketing, I invite you to join me in learning how to build engagement and trust with your ideal clients – by doing Live Video.

I’ve created a Free 5-Day Live Video Challenge. It’s Free and Fun! And will show you how you can expand your reach without going crazy…

Join the Challenge & Go Live!

*The Princess Bride is one of my favorite films – especially love the Spaniard’s response to inconceivable: “I do not think this word means what you think it means…”