I’ve been circling the drain without taking the plunge and I didn’t realize it. I need to step up to the plate and do the work. What is holing me back?
Take stock of where you are
I want to do videos. I want them to use in webinars. I want to use them in courses. I started to write a video friend for advice on which of his courses to take and as I outlined what I had and what I needed, I realized I had all the educational material,I needed. The problem was that I am not doing the work! I’m not practicing what I learn. I’m not owning the concepts – yet.
I am in a course on making courses. I have two courses written, waiting for things like slides and videos.
I relearned Power Point enough to make some slides, then I took a great course and was reminded that bullet points are weak and images are strong. I need to fix that.
Then I was on another webinar that made talking head videos very appealing. And that’s where I am – with scripts for 22 short talking head videos written but not created.
I don’t need another course; I just need to making one step happen.
Figure out where to start
I feel like I’m a long way from my original intention to create some courses but it took this journey for me to figure out what works for me. When I found the webinar on talking head videos it all came together. I have two degrees in theater. I have been both talent and copywriter for television and radio. I have a good voice. It’s perfect. It simply took some exploration to find where to start. The only way to get clear is to do the work.
Chunk it down into segments
Videos can be very short. I want a presence on YouTube. I found a theme that prompted 22 ideas for short, one-point videos. By starting with those I can learn to film, deliver, edit and post a video. Not a big video, just a series of small videos so I can learn the process and improve my skills. I can post them and see which ones hold the most interest. I can see how I am learning and progressing. I can see the results. And I won’t be overwhelmed by a huge process. Whatever the skill you need to learn, learn it on small projects that you can complete and repeat.
Chunk it down steps
I figured out the lighting for my videos. I figured out that I can put my script into a big font and successfully use my laptop screen as a teleprompter. I could also memorize the scripts just as I would a part in a play.
I have to create a beginning and ending slide so I will learn some of the image techniques in Power Point. I’m good at editing my podcasts in Sound Forge, now I get to learn to edit these short videos in Camtasia. Small steps. Powerful steps. Steps that release the logjam and get me moving. I simply have to do the work.
Schedule one step
I have a focus for each day: Monday-Write, Tuesday – Podcast, Wednesday-Technical (video, PowerPoint Camtasia), Thursday-Courses, Friday – Study. I can schedule my video ownership adventure on two days – Technical and Study. That’s the only step I will work on until I can use that skill successfully.
Track your milestones – both concrete and personal
It is easy to track your progress when it comes to the number of videos you produce. It’s not so easy to track the progress you make when you are working on self-awareness and personal growth. Since that is the cornerstone of all my work, I am constantly creating exercises and opportunities for introspection and awareness of what Idiscover. But do you know what? Regardless of how great my ideas are or how effective the powerful self-awareness exercises I create are, they are useless unless I do the work. Unless I write down how I feel and what I did and where I got stuck and what made me get unstuck. Just as this information I have available in these product-producing courses I already own are useless to me unless I learn them and absorb them and apply them.
How much do you want it?
I want to do talking head videos a lot. I’m excited to find a format that feels like a great first step for me. I will do the work. I will learn the skill. I will produce small videos so I can learn to make bigger ones that will untimely enhance the courses that started all this in the first place. I’m going to study the lessons I have been given, and prepare for my adventure.
What work are you putting off? What will happen if you simply take one step?
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