Who are your influences?
Want to make an impression? Tell us about the most influencing people in your life. For example…
When I was five years old my mother took me into New York City to see Robert Preston in “The Music Man”. Live on stage.
The character of “The Music Man” had the energy and charisma to galvanize a jaded community (in River City, Iowa) around music. His vision was bringing communities to life with music.
From him I learned how sheer enthusiasm can be so contagious.
I was hooked. I wanted to be the Music Man.
It was probably one of the most shaping influences of my life. We had the soundtrack at home and I used to put the record on and march around the living room singing “Seventysix Trombones in the Big Parade…!” at the top of my lungs.
You have your own story like this.
There’s a fabulous scene about influences from the movie “The Commitments” – a film about a young man who wants to form a soul band in Dublin (of all places). And when he auditions new band members, he asks only one question: “Who are your influences?” (watch in the video above)
What is so revealing about your influences?
The scene is a set of jump cuts. The front door is opened to each new person who gives just one answer – and yet, instantly, we get an impression of who they are – what they’re personality is like, how they look at the world – (in addition to the certainty that they’re totally wrong for a soul band).
You need to reveal yourself in your video, so ask yourself the same question.
But don’t settle for a one-word answer. Share the details about the influencing people in your life. Tell the whole narrative of how your life has been affected by them.
You have a story of something profound that shaped who you are and revealing yourself means sharing that story.
Tell that story and the world will see you apart from the others.
Are you ready to reveal yourself, share your stories and capture your crowd with video?
If you’d like to explore how you can make more of an impression using video, then why don’t we set up a time to talk? I’d like to offer you a complimentary ‘Video Branding Breakthrough Session where we can talk about the ways you could be using video for business and the one you should do first.