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I Was Literally a Punch Line

live streaming imageYears ago when DVD players came on the market and started to become commonplace in many homes, my husband and I debated whether we should get a DVD player. My argument, admittedly weak as it was looking back now, was that VHS was the industry standard and had been for years. I thought FOR SURE the DVD player and the DVDs to go with them were going to be like the Betamax machines and tapes, which were popular with enthusiasts and early-adopter technologists, but never really caught on in the mainstream.

You see, I had watched my Dad years earlier buy into the Betamax, thinking it was going to be the next big thing, but it turned out to be a big dud. With that, my young opinions on early-adoption of technology were formed.

So when DVDs came along, in my mind it seemed a lot like the Betamax. I was completely against getting a DVD player.

Turns out I was also completely wrong.

Then, in the early 2000s, right as digital photography was becoming part of the mainstream, I was adamant I didn’t need a digital camera. After all, I reasoned, I’d taken photography classes. Those cameras could never reach the same quality as “real” cameras. Plus, it didn’t really matter; all I was doing was taking snapshots, anyway, so I was fine with the way I’d always done things.

Turns out I was wrong about that, too.

Now, in my marriage (perhaps like yours?), my husband and I enjoy some good-natured ribbing, especially when one of us is wildly wrong about something totally inconsequential in our world. That means, after it became abundantly clear DVDs weren’t going the way of the Betamax, I became the punch line of more of my husband’s jokes than I care to recall. Harrumph.

As a result, I now make sure I give a good look at anything technological coming down the line. I’ve got a good sense of humor, but I want to avoid giving my hubby any more jokes. 🙂

That includes in my business as well.

In 2006, when I started my business I didn’t even know what a blog was. But by the end of the FIRST DAY I heard of a blog, I had one up. That turned out to be a good move.

In mid-2007 when I heard about this new thing called Twitter, I didn’t understand what it was all about, but I signed up for an account, anyway. Months later after I “got it,” I was tweeting like I owned the Twitterverse, loving it, and made a lot of money from marketing on social media.

In 2009 when it was clear Twitter was going to be at least matched by the former college-party-annoucement site, Facebook, for business, I started spending more time there. That’s also paid off in a big way for me.

I’ve come a long way and now can spot a tech giant in the making based on a number of factors, and the most recent technological advancement I’ve chosen NOT to ignore is live-streaming video.

When Google+ Hangouts on Air started to be a thing, I did a few hangouts, but the technology wasn’t quite there yet to support live-streaming video on a large-scale basis because it relied on Internet speed and bandwidth. Too many people couldn’t participate live properly – heck I’ve even been kicked off my own webinars!

Fast forward to today and what has changed is simply: the iPhone (and all smartphone technology). Don’t ask me about why technologically speaking apps work so much better than the older versions of live-streaming, they just do. If you really want to see some of the whys you can try here or here.

As far as evidence that live streaming is *THE* now big thing that isn’t going anywhere but up, all you have to do is look at what two behemoths jumped on board. At first it was the slick new fancy apps like Periscope and Blab (and formerly Meerkat, which is no longer a player), but now… Facebook Live has become a major player and in the past few days YouTube has announced it will soon be rolling out a new live streaming feature.

Luckily I have smart friends, Jeff Herring and Mike Stewart, who not only get this stuff and use it themselves, but are excellent teachers. If you want to know how to use the new live streaming video, or just want to see a cool demo of it yourself, you can watch it here.

Speaking on video is something I know a bit about – and teach that myself. If you’re stuck on what to SAY on your live streaming videos, here are a few ideas for you:

  • Take a section of your Signature Speech™ and share it.
  • Answer your most frequently asked questions – one at a time, one per video
  • Address a comment, question, or rant you see on social media
  • Do a public service announcement about something that will protect your clients or the people in your market from an unsavory character or undesired result
  • Offer a glimpse into your daily life
  • Make your own rant – to the benefit of your viewers
  • Share a tip
  • Unveil a myth and explain why it is a myth and what the truth is
  • Explain one of the mistakes you see people making and what they can do instead
  • Tell a personal story and relate it with a moral related to your business

Whatever you do, don’t ignore this new tool available to you. You wouldn’t want your loved ones making YOU the butt of their jokes, now would you? It’s your turn to laugh – all the way to the bank.

My Personal 30-Day Story-Telling on Video Challenge Begins

Oh boy.

What have I gotten myself into THIS time?!

You can keep up with my progress on Facebook, YouTube and here on my blog (as soon as I’m home from my vacation and get all the videos uploaded everywhere).

I’ll tell you one thing, if it wasn’t for the accountability with my friend, video marketing expert Lou Bortone, and the public promises I made to keep this thing going, I’d have quit by now, less than a week after posting my first video.

But I’m all in. Keep coming back for a new story and lesson each day.

 

How I Won a $16,000 Prize Package

Felicia Slattery at Wallaby Web Design video cabin retreat

At the cabin reaping the rewards of my video – and making more and professional videos, too. This was my first time using a teleprompter!

Funny story, really…

A few months ago, out of the blue I received an email from someone I’d never met, Nathan at Wallaby Web Design, inviting me to participate in a contest. All I’d have to do to win the $16,000+ prize package was make a 5-minute or less video explaining why I should win and submit it by the end of the week.

Being a competitive person, I was up for the challenge. I had visions of using screen capture video to show my messy website, many pages of disorganized info, and tons of content collecting virtual dust. Except that week, I was headed to speak at a multi-day event, and one of my presentations was scheduled at the last minute, so I was busy preparing. Still, I didn’t want to miss a chance to win something as cool as the package they were offering, so one evening in my hotel room while at that event, before running out to meet a few of the other speakers for dinner, I turned my laptop camera on, spoke directly to the camera, and shot what became my winning submission.

Because it had to be less than 5 minutes long, and my actual recording was 5 minutes, 41 seconds, later that night (waaaay later), I was forced to  edit the video to get it under time. At that point I was tired and you may know my infamous lack of technical skills anyway – holy rough cut, Batman. I ended up cutting words right in the middle – what a disaster!

Yet as I write this I’m on a plane headed to an exclusive lodge in ski country outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. There I’ll spend the next three days working on my business, shooting videos for my website, and getting hands-on help from expert online marketing professionals. I get to do this four times with the lodge stay and all meals included.

I’m also in the middle of making major changes to my website and blog with a new logo, totally new design, new pages, new everything.

Over the course of the next 10 months I’m going to have 36 landing pages made just for me, complete with video, written copy, opt-in forms, follow-up emails, and even gorgeous custom graphics.

This is the prize package I won, valued at more than $16,000. I’m getting ALL of it – plus personal private coaching – FOR FREE.

How did a TERRIBLY rough cut video end up winning a $16,000 contest? At first I thought maybe mine was the only entry. But it turns out my video was just one of many entrants. The reason I won was because I was able to communicate my message – what I wanted to say to win – from the heart and speak to my “audience,” the folks putting on the contest.

I did it with nothing more than a simple “talking head” or “direct to camera” video.

Video is a powerful tool for your business, no matter if you’re trying to win something or sell something, and we’re just in the infancy of seeing video do its thing online.

If you’re not yet using video, and want to know how, the absolute easiest way to start is by simply turning on your camera and talking. If you don’t know what to say or how to say it, that’s where I come in.

I’ve created a Speaking on Video Boot Camp where we’ll spend just 3 days together getting you in video-making shape. And by the end of the three days you’ll even have your first three videos DONE. Can I get a woo-hoo?!

You can learn more and register at the Speaking on Video Boot Camp registration page, but there’s one more thing you need to know.

In honor of winning the prize package I did, and because I’m headed to Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend to reap some of the rewards of the prize package, I want to offer you a special deal. When you visit the page, enter coupon code “Utah” (without the quotation marks) and you’ll save $50 on the upcoming program, which is already 50% off what I originally sold it for. It’s just my way of sharing the video-making love.

Go see more right now because that coupon code is only good for as long as I’m in Utah – til Monday. Then come on back to watch this poorly edited, yet winning video submission! (You will laugh.)

 

Public Speaking on Video: NOT Talking Heads

No talking head videos

1980s Icon Max Headroom

When you create an online course, your purpose is to get people interested enough to sign up, right? Well… here’s a lesson I learned about that just last week that I thought I’d share with you.

It seems the language I was using for my upcoming Speaking on Video Boot Camp 2.0 program was actually turning prospective buyers off!! Who knew?

Here’s what happened: because I have always used the term “talking head videos” to describe the kinds of videos where you as the expert talk directly to the camera, and by extension, your audience, I figured because the phrase was descriptive and everybody knew what I was talking about, it’d make sense to use that term in my class description.

Boy was I ever wrong about that! LOL

My mastermind group was the first to point it out to me that they didn’t like the term “talking head” videos. So I went to the marketplace and asked there. And they told me in no uncertain terms it reminded them of the 1980s TV character “Max Headroom” or had other generally negative impressions.

When your market talks, you listen!
So… I changed the headline and text on my registration page for the program, which incidentally begins next week in case you want to make and profit from those videos yourself!
Want to see what I’m calling them instead? Go see here. I asked an industry insider and she gave me the perfect term! I’ll have to let you know my results and see how long it takes for the class to sell out this time.
Last time I offered it, even with using the not-so-fabulous language, it sold out in about a week. This time I opened up a few more seats, so we’ll see what happens.
Lesson learned: when your market speaks, respond. It shows them you’re listening!

Oh and no matter what you call them, videos where you speak directly to the camera build trust, create intimacy, and can transform your business in a way no other form of  marketing other than face-to-face marketing can. See how to get started adding these videos to your business now and feel confident doing it!

Ok– so go see what I’m calling the “not talking head videos” now and let me know in the comments if you like the new term or if you have a better suggestion I’d love to hear it!!

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