How I Won a $16,000 Prize Package

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.)


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  1. Jackie Nees November 17, 2013 at 1:45 am - Reply

    LOVE it Felicia! No wonder why you won (and congratulations!). Your story is so inspiring and I can’t wait for you to be able to share it with even MORE people after winning this amazing package! Enjoy every minute of it. You deserve it girlfriend! xoxoxo

  2. Jonathan Gunson November 15, 2013 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Inspirational AS EVER Felicia. Love that you ‘asked the question’ and the answer came … just like clockwork.

    • Felicia Slattery November 17, 2013 at 12:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Jonathan! I sure had fun making that video. 🙂 Glad you stopped by.

  3. Margi November 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Excellent, Felicia. Wow, you deserved to win, and I am delighted you will receive such a treat to boost your already-brilliant work. Clearly, the force is with you! M x

    • Felicia Slattery November 17, 2013 at 12:13 am - Reply

      Thanks Margi!! I met two of the other entrants this weekend and they are amazing people with their own stories to share. It was an honor to win! Love that the force is with me 🙂 So glad you stopped by!

  4. Jim November 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Wow, you sure can speak now. Congratulations on your faith and recovery.

    Now, why the heck would someone give $16K away? And, what did you do with it?


    • Felicia Slattery November 17, 2013 at 12:17 am - Reply

      Hi Jim! Thankfully I did get my full voice back, Whew!! I won a package valued at $16,000 that included a new website, 4 cabin retreats, 36 landing pages with videos to go with them, graphics, marketing and coaching for a year. You can see the photo from this weekend at the top.

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