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Five Ways YOU Could Use Video

Five Ways YOU Could Use Video

In the US at least, this appears to be the year of the Internet Presidency, and this trend got me thinking about ways that that you might use Internet video to improve you universe.

  • Post A Video Resume– There’s something powerful of matching a face to a name, but it’s even stronger if you can come off decent on camera. Get your video camera or your digital camera out, consider your surroundings (background matters), and make sure people can see (good lighting) and hear (either the camera is close enough of use an off-camera microphone) you. Don’t tell people everything you’ve ever done. Focus instead on the most important thing you want people to come away thinking about you when they see the video.
  • Make Your Own Instructional Videos– Do you have a team of people working on something tricky? Would moving pictures help the situation? Try making a film that conveys the desired outcome. Have fun with it. But remember: the Internet has a long memory, and searching YouTube for instructional videos usually nets some really awful (read: funny) results. (Remember that some services like Blip.TV allow you to mark videos as private or friends-only.
  • Make Family Video “Cards”– Letters and cards are nice, but shooting a few minutes of smiles and waves and well wishes with a video camera goes a long way. The Holidays are an easy mark for this kind of idea, but you can do it for birthdays or just random “thinking of you” moments, where a visit isn’t possible. Sure, Grandma might not know how to watch Internet TV (unless she’s Millie Garfield), but theres usually some wonderful relative who will share the movie with her. And you can always mail a DVD if that’s easier.
  • Post Blog News or Company News– There are often announcements to be made in life and in business. Why not use video to make it even more memorable. Sometimes, it’s the “behind the scenes” things we see that endear us to a person or a company more than the public face of it all. I think that video makes for a stronger “relationship,” should that be a desired outcome. Adding a face to an otherwise text-heavy site gives people more to feast upon with regards to the information you provide them. Do people talk about bookstore grosses on the opening weekend of a book? No. They talk about movies. Because they are VISUAL and people crave that input, even when they love the book more than the movie.
  • Improve Your Online Sales– Selling something through eBay or Craigslist? Point to a video of the product as well as snaps. Sometimes, seeing a video clip of something you’re selling is that little bit more compelling. It might even establish more of a relationship between you and the prospective buyer, if that’s of value.

Using Internet video for everything is as silly as using a blog for everything, and there are certainly times when audio is better than video, and times when text is better than both. I read TONS more blogs in a day than I watch videoblogs or Internet TV, and it’s my JOB to watch Internet TV (at least a part of it). So, I’m not saying video fixes everything. But if you’re not even considering its uses and implications, why not? What might creating and posting videos do for your business, organization, or personal situation?

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— Chris Brogan is Community Developer for Video on the Net, a conference about the impact of broadband Internet on the future of TV, Film, and Broadcasting. He keeps a blog at [chrisbrogan.com].

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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