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How To Create Amazing Talking Head Videos

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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (1h 39m)
    • 1. Why Take This Class

    • 2. What To Expect

    • 3. Train Your Focus

    • 4. Train Your Focus And Speak

    • 5. Practice Freestyle Expression

    • 6. Prime Yourself

    • 7. Start With A Summary

    • 8. Trash The Script

    • 9. Use A Subtle Memory Aid

    • 10. Look For Inspiration

    • 11. Speak Like You Speak

    • 12. Record On A High

    • 13. Build Some Success Momentum

    • 14. Speed Up Your Implementation

    • 15. Beecome An Imperfectionist

    • 16. Close The Gap

    • 17. Tool: The Mind Map Outline

    • 18. Course Summary

    • 19. Thank You

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About This Class

Do you say these things to yourself:

  • I hate being in front of the camera, but I know that to be successful online, I've got to learn how to do it!
  • When I press the record button on the camera, it's like my confidence instantly drains right out of me
  • Why doesn't my mouth and brain work properly when I'm in front of the camera - it's unbelievably frustrating!
  • I'm a professional teacher/presenter and I can't believe how difficult of a time I have recording a simple video
  • I'm tired of nonsense advice like: 'just be yourself', and 'think of the camera as your friend' - it doesn't work!
  • I'm tired of spending hours/days writing scripts for videos where I sound like I'm reading a book and look stiffer than a board on camera
  • How can I record high-quality videos quickly?
  • How do other people record great videos with so little effort - how can I be like them?!?
  • I want to create great videos - HELP!!!

If you've said any of these things to yourself in the past, you're going to love this class!

Not only does it answer all these questions (and more), but the course is delivered to you in a energetic, simple, and fun way.

So...what makes this class so unique?

  • My relentless focus on delivering high-quality content within the course
  • The high value of the ideas
  • The unique and engaging way lessons are presented
  • How practical and usable the ideas are that I teach you
  • The transformation you'll see in yourself
  • The transformation others will see in you

This class is for you if you:

  • Want to quickly create amazing talking-head videos for your students, listeners, and fans!
  • Have very little time to watch boring, complicated lessons
  • Tired of ideas that are really nothing more then weak, boring cliche's that are largely worthless nonsense ('be yourself', 'love the camera', 'let go of your fear', etc.)
  • Enjoy video training over book-learnin'
  • Want actionable, practical strategies and tools that you can use right now - today
  • Think visual guides for the course content is cool and useful for reference later
  • Like having some fun while you learn

Be amazing!


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Derek Franklin

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Derek Franklin is an instructor obsessed with not only teaching others great ideas, but also showing them how to put those great ideas into action!

He's also focused on making the entire learning process visual, simple, and fun - something that will be clear to you as you progress through his courses.

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1. Why Take This Class: Hi. My name is Derrick Franklin, and I really appreciate you checking out my course, and I'm going to assume that you're here because you may ask yourself one of these questions. Or maybe you've said this to yourself before 1st 1 being that you look at your life and your ability to communicate with your friends, your family, your co workers and you say to yourself, You know what? I'm a great conversationalist. I have no problems talking to people in life in general. So why is it that when I am standing in front of the camera and that camera gets turned on , I become this fumbling, bumbling mess? Why you ever ask yourself that? Or maybe you wonder if it's going to require hours and hours and hours of frustration just to create a simple 32nd video clip. Is that going to be your life as a video content creator? Or maybe you look at people that you admire, you say, Wow, those people in front of the camera they do amazing. What is the secret that they know that I don't know, because I want to know what they know? Well, I've been where you are right now. But after creating some 500 plus videos over the course of my career, I've learned some tips, some strategies, some techniques that enabled me to feel confident and fearless in front of the camera. And I'm going to share the best of what I've learned in this course. Some of the things that you're going to learn include I'm going to explain to you what I feel is the number one challenge or roadblock that stands in people's way of standing in front of the camera and being confident, fearless and speaking in a way that makes sense. I believe that there's one thing that really stands out. I'm gonna show you what it is, why it stand in your way and how to eliminate it. I'm also going to teach you a new, important skill, being able to speak on your feet off the top, your head off the cuff so that you just have an idea of what you want to share, and you're able to just talk freely like you do in everyday life. You have the ability to do this. You haven't developed it in front of the camera. I'm going to show you how to do it on also going to give you and teach you some memory tools so that, you know, we get in front of the cameras. Sometimes we don't always remember exactly what we want to say without some help. Sometimes we need help. That's okay, We're human. So I'm gonna give you some tools and strategies for helping you to remember the content that you want to share so that you can present it in a way that makes sense. That's in a logical structure. And in a way, your student students and your listeners are going to love. I'm also going to show you and teach you about a mindset. This is a very important mindset that if you don't have this mindset, it could be preventing you from doing amazing things with your video content. It could be slowing you down big time, and it could be preventing you from getting your courses up and sharing your knowledge with the world. And finally, I want to share with you also a tool that I use in order to develop content quickly and present it easily. And that's just a handful of some of the things that you're going to learn in this course. So I'm gonna ask you to encourage you to check out some of the previous videos below this one. Check him out. See what it's all about. See my presentation style. And if you like what you see, which I hope you do, then click the take this course button somewhere on the page and join me on the other side where I can show you how to be confident and fearless and fall in love with being in front of the camera. 2. What To Expect: thank you for taking this course. I really, really appreciate it. I think you're going to enjoy it. We're gonna have a good time together. But before we get started, I wanted to share a couple things with you about how to get the most from this course. Now I put a lot of time and energy and resource is into putting together my courses because I don't want You don't only have videos toe watch, but I want you to be able to take action on what you learn because that's where the the awesomeness happens is when you're actually doing something with what I tell you. Because watching videos isn't enough. I'm sorry to tell you, if it were that easy that everybody could do this. It requires mawr than watching videos. So what I want to ask you to do is two things to get the most from this course Number one. I want you to do what I tell you to do. I know I sound like your mom or your dad, but that's just the fact You have to do what I'm going to tell you to do, and it's very simple things, but it's important that you do them, that you take action on them. OK, so that's number one. Number two has to do a little bit with your mindset going into the course, and that is be prepared to be uncomfortable and to feel a little bit of pain, and I use that term lightly. But feel a little bit of pain before you get to the point where you're doing amazing things because that's just the way that life works. Life requires you to step outside your comfort zone, do things a little bit, make you feel a little bit uneasy. That may feel a little bit unnatural may be new to, but you have to do them if you want to become better. If you want to become improved and change who you are and so get used to that idea. I'm gonna ask you to do some things that are uncomfortable, not majorly, but you might think that they're a little bit crazy. They might feel like I've never done this before. Do them anyway. That goes back to Rule number one. Do as I tell you what I tell you to do, and I mean that in the nicest way because a lot, of course, is a lot of people what they will do in order to teach you certain things like this, they will just say we'll talk like you love what you're talking about or speak to someone you love. You know, it's just this kind of nonsense that really doesn't do you any good whatsoever. Because if that kind of those kind of things actually worked and it was that easy, then you wouldn't need this course. But it's going to require a little bit more. It's going to require a little bit of uncomfortableness just a little bit. And I'm not talking major uncomfortableness. I'm just talking about doing things you're not used to and taking action on what I'm sharing with you doing that process for a little bit and you do it for a little bit. You get committed to doing it a little bit, and you're gonna have a long term amazing on the other end. But you have to do that first. All right, So if you're willing to do those two things, I think you're going to love this course I am going. I'm I'm looking forward to it. I'm gonna have a lot of fun, and I hope you're gonna have a lot of fun as well 3. Train Your Focus: Okay, So in this video, I want to share with you what I feel is the number one roadblock or challenge that most people have in communicating fearlessly, confidently and effectively in front of the camera. And that is their ability to maintain focus in one spot while they communicate while they talk. And that sounds crazy, I know. But this is the reason why I believe this is the number one challenge. It's because when you normally talk in everyday life, what is happening with your eyes, your eyes air moving all over the place you're pondering. You're remembering your thinking, considering you're talking to this person, that person, that person. So your eyes are all over the place, and that's typical for most people, whenever there having everyday conversations. And so they've kind of trained their brain to the point where, when they're having a conversation with the words are coming out of their mouth. Their eyes were going all over the place, trying to gather their thoughts and think about things. But when you stand in front of the camera and you're trying to communicate to the person on the other side of the camera, your eyes are focused in one spot, and I think that makes a lot of people uncomfortable. And there's this disconnect between being able to maintain a focus and being able to speak coherently fluently, like you do in everyday life. And this is even a challenge for our season presenters and teachers because they might. You might feel, if you're one of these people that is a season teacher presenting, You've been doing this for years. You might think, Well, you know what? I stand in front of people hundreds, maybe thousands of people, and I don't have any issues whatsoever in communicating with them. I don't flub up. I don't mess up. Well, that's not the issue. We're not talking about your confidence so much. We're talking about what's going on in your brain and being able to bring together your ability to maintain focus in one spot while moving your mouth in a way that makes sense. And that's what I'm going to share with you how to do in this exercise. We're gonna do this in baby steps, but we're going to do this is one of the main things we're gonna focus on in this course because I think it's such a big factor and making this all work. So we're going to really think about rewiring our brain to the point where we can maintain the focus and still communicate in a fluent way. And one of the bonuses to doing this and being able to learn how to do this is that when you get into everyday life and you're communicating with people, your eye contact is going to get so much better. You're gonna be able look at people in the eye in the face and talk to them, and they're going to know that you really want to listen, because that's what great eye contact does. So that's an actual bonus to being able to do this in front of the camera. So let me give you your first exercise. It's very simple. What I want you to do is get your camera, set it up like you always do, so I want you to get inside the environment that you're going to be when you are recording your videos, get as close to that environment as you possibly can. So set up your camera and then we'll in your cameras, set up I want you to stand in front of it and do nothing but look in the camera lens for 1 to 2 minutes. Just stare into the camera lens for 1 to 2 minutes. And if you get distracted or if you feel uncomfortable doing it and your eyes go over here , then I want you to refocus. And once you look again at the camera lens until you can do it for 1 to 2 minutes at a time and keep practicing this, okay, and then once you're comfortable with doing that, then we're gonna move on to the next step. 4. Train Your Focus And Speak: Okay, So obviously, just staring creepily into the camera lens isn't enough. The next stage in this whole entire process is to take your focus, your intense focus on the camera lens and add to it your ability to speak coherently fluently so that it makes sense. So we're going to tie those things together in this process, and the exercise I'm going to share with you right now is really, really effective. I would say it's one of the best exercises you're gonna find in the course, so practice this is often as you possibly can, is very easy to do. But it's very effective, and it's going toe have, ah, huge impact on your ability to feel comfortable focusing in on the camera while being able to speak. So here's what I want you to do. Just like previous exercise, I want you to set up your camera like you normally do. You can keep it off if you want to look, at least initially. So set up your camera, then grab a timer and then for about 1 to 3 minutes, I want you to do nothing but focus at the camera lens. Look at it and talk about something that you know really? Really well. I'm not talking about maybe a course topic or something you're going to share in a video, but something you know really, really well and that you care about lot. It could be your family. It could be someone you love you care about. Could be a memory. Could be something you did on vacation just recently, or something you're wanting to do on vacation soon. Whatever it may be. Just something that you're very familiar with. That you could go up to somebody a stranger and talk just easily about it without any problems whatsoever. And do that while your eyes are focused on the camera lens. OK, do that for 1 to 3 minutes. And if you flub up, just keep going. Just refocus after you flubbed up and keep going for the remainder of the time that's in on the timer came. Repeat this process as often as you possibly can, and another thing to try is try this initially with the camera off. So have the camera off, because oftentimes a lessens people's anxiety just knowing that the cameras off, even though the video might not be shared with anybody. Just knowing that the cameras off makes people feel a little bit better. So try this exercise initially with the camera off, and then once you're comfortable with doing it with the camera off, then turn the camera on and practice it that way. Focus in for 1 to 3 minutes on the camera lens. Talk about something you love you care about, and if you flub up, just refocus and keep going. Do this exercise very, very important, very effective. 5. Practice Freestyle Expression: so focus, plus your mouth, plus your feet equal. Amazing. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean, it's time to take your ability to focus on the camera, move your mouth in a way that makes sense with being able to speak on your feet or talk about the topics that you're going to share in your videos. And so this is going to be a necessary skill toe have, because when you are presenting and you're in front of the camera and you're trying to maintain good eye contact, you're not gonna have time to look at your notes constantly. And that's a horrible way to present and be in front of the camera anyway. You don't want to be in front of the camera and say, Okay, so the next step that we're going to look at is to do this. And you know, a tennis match is not what you want going on in front of the camera when you are teaching and you want to come across as an authority. And so one of the things you need to understand, though, about this process that I'm going to share with you is that it's like a muscle and you're going to work out this muscle of speaking on your feet, Being able to come up with ideas off the top of your head. That makes sense. Okay? It's gonna be like a muscle you're going to stake out initially. Is gonna be difficulties gonna be hard? You're probably not gonna like it very much, but as you do it more, your ability to do it is going to get stronger and you're going to actually end up loving it because it's such a sense of freedom when you can speak freely in front of the camera with just a couple of thoughts or ideas in your mind or maybe written down somewhere. And so this is going to be a muscle. Work it out and get used to the fact that it's not going to be easy initially. And don't be one of those people that thinks well, if I can't do it easy right out of the gate than apparently I'm not that kind of person. That's not the way it works. Nobody's that kind of person is gonna be tough for most people doing this exercise, but a simple exercise and it's not gonna be super painful. So let me give you the different steps of the exercise. You can start doing it right now, and you don't have to be in front of the camera when you're doing this. But whenever you have 123 minutes of free time, you could be in your car driving. You could be taking a shower. You could be standing in line. Whatever it may be, whenever you have 3123 minutes, what I want you to do is take a topic that you know really well. And it could be a topic about something you're going to be assuring in your videos. And I want you to pretend that you're teaching it to someone else on imaginary student enthusiastically with some emotion in some of motivation and what I want you to teach in that 1 to 3 minutes are three things. What? Why and how the what? Why and how of your topic. Okay, So if I were to create a or do this process using the information in this video, what I would do is I would be driving my car and I'd be thinking, Okay, I'm gonna teach an imaginary student while I'm driving my car or taking a shower, and I'm gonna teach them about how to speak on their feet. So this is me doing this exercise. I would start out with the how or what. So today I wanna talk to you about speaking on your feet off the top of your head. That's the what? Why? Why is because it's such a liberating ability toe have is to be able to speak on off on your feet off top your head and you're not. Don't want to be stuck to your notes because you're not gonna be able to look at them constantly. How can you do it? Well, I'm gonna give you the steps to the process for how you can develop this skill right now. End of exercise for me. So if I was driving my car and doing that, I just answered what? Why and how? Okay, so do this. Any time you have 123 minutes free and just have fun with it, you really get into it like you're pretending to teach somebody else. I do this all the time, and it's greatly enhanced my ability to speak on my feet in front of the camera or any time and so have fun with it. Your friends, your family gonna think they're crazy. They're gonna hear you in the shower. They're gonna see you driving the car or somebody that's in the car next to you're going to see you and say, Hey, buddy, you doing okay? And you could just roll down the window and say, Yeah, I'm talking about whatever. I know you won't do that, but just have fun with it, you know, and get into it. Be enthusiastic about it, because that's what's going to make all the difference in the world. And obviously you're gonna be in situations sometimes where people are around you and I'm not saying disrupt the peace with your enthusiastic fake teaching. So if you're around people or it's early in the morning, you can do this in your home, even if you're close to somebody that sleeping because words don't necessarily have to come out of your mouth, that's the best way of doing it. But if if you're next to somebody and you have to be quiet, just pretend that you're speaking and go and really get into a move your mouth. Get your body involved and don't use your voice. Just do it kind of under your breath. But do this exercise is often as you possibly can. You in situations where you have 123 minutes. Ah, lot. And this is going to improve your ability to speak on your feet more than you can ever imagine if you put it into practice and if you push past that initial pain you're gonna feel in doing it. 6. Prime Yourself: So let's talk about getting into the peak state when it comes to recording videos. Why is this so important? Well, because every day you are likely going from one task to another task to another task, and each one of those requires a different mind set and energy in order to perform. For example, you might start your morning out by working on a proposal, sitting down at your desk, working on something, writing and out. Then you move to email. Answering some emails and answering emails requires a different mind set and energy than working on a proposal. And then from email, you might move to doing lunch. Lunch requires a different mind set and energy pretty much know mindset in energy for doing lunch, but it requires a different mind set and energy than doing emails. Then after lunch, if you think I'm gonna record some videos, that definitely requires a different mind set and energy than just having lunch itself. And so it's important to really get into the best mindset and energy. If you're going to record videos at the optimal state that you possibly can and really create quality videos. So what I want to share with you is a simple process. Takes about 5 to 10 seconds that you can do right before you record your videos and do this . And it's going to really help you to manage your energy manager thinking and make sure that you are ready to go when that camera gets turned on, which is so important. So here's the process. The first problem. The first step of the process is number one. You want to stand confidently, so stand up straight, have your shoulders squared and just stand up straight. Feel good about what you're about to share. Okay, so you're confident and you your body language reflects that. That's step number one. So do this. Step number two is you want to just take one or two deep breaths to get relaxed and to kind of get rid of any anxiety. So you're just standing here like this and you go, nothing special. But I can tell you that makes a world of difference in how you feel. So you're confident you're relaxed. Now the next step is to put on a smile. Okay, You're having fun doing this, and so you want that to be reflected in your face. And when you put on a smile that has a major impact on how you feel so you're gonna feel confident you're gonna feel relaxed, you're gonna feel happy. And the final part of the whole process is just to say out loud that I am about to create some high quality videos, or I am about to create some awesome videos that my customers, my students are going to love and just say that once or twice this process, I know it's taken me a minute or so to explain it. But in reality, when you do, it takes about 5 to 10 seconds to do. But it really gets your mind and your body in the peak state for recording great videos, so do it. 7. Start With A Summary: So in this video, we're going to talk about what should be at the top of your mind when you record videos. What's often at the top of your mind when you record videos? How a summary can help the benefits of using the summary. And then I'm going to share with you how to create a summary and how to use it in the video creation process. Now what I did just then was what we're going to talk about in this video, which is using a summary and how a summary can help in creating great videos. So let's first of all, talk about what should be at the top of our minds when we were recording videos, and that should be a no brainer. What should be at the top of our minds when we're recording videos are is the content the things that we're going to talk about and share with people, and that should be right here, ready to go so we can talk about it. But what's often at the top of our minds when we start recording two deals? Well, we could be thinking about the lighting. We could be thinking about how our hair looks, you know, mine looks pretty good. So I don't worry about it. Or we could be thinking about what we're going to eat for lunch, What we're going to eat for dinner and all these things that really have very little to no relevancy to what we're gonna be talking about in the video. But that's what we get distracted by. And so what we're going to be talking about actually gets pushed down in our mind because we're thinking okay, lighting, lunch, my hair with this, That that. And so every time we have a thought like that, what really matters gets pushed down in our mind. And so as a result, it's hard to bring that back up. Always turn the camera, start talking. And this is where a summary like I just started this video out. That's where a summary can really help. So what are some of the benefits of using the summary if it's not obvious? Well, some of the benefits of using a summary include bringing the ideas that you're going to share in the video to the top of your mind, the top of your brain right before you start talking about him. OK, so that they're right there. That's one of the benefits of using a summary second benefit of using the summary is that you have a clear structure that you can follow. That, you know, is makes sense before you start talking and teaching. Because oftentimes there are people that just simply turn on the camera without any kind of structure, and they just start talking about stuff. And to some degree, it's helpful. A little bit, perhaps, but it's easy to start rambling and rambling, a rambling about nonsense that really doesn't connect well, one point to the next to the next to the next the next. And when you do that you're teaching, becomes ineffective, it becomes boring. But if you have a summary and you take the time to put together some bullet points, as we're going to talk about here in just a second that gives, make sure that you have a structure. So what you're going to be talking about? So that's benefit number two. Number one gets the ideas at the top of your mind that you're gonna be talking about. Number two gives you some structure to what you're going to be talking about and number three and this is this is mainly for you or the student is that it helps the student or the watcher of your videos to understand what to expect in the video itself. So it's kind of like tilling the ground. You know, I'm not a gardener by any stretch, but I know that to plant seeds and plant seeds of knowledge, especially the ground, needs to be worked a little bit and needs to be broken up so you can plant those seeds and the seeds go into where they need to go. And that's essentially what you're doing when you're using a summary is your kind of working the soil initially the soil of the mind, so that when you plant the seeds of the knowledge you're going to share, they sink in a little bit better. And that's one of the reasons why having a summary up front can be such a great way to start a video. It gives an expectation to the student as to what they're going to learn so that they're prepared toe, learn it at a higher level. So how can you use this? What do you want to do? Well, when I talk about creating a summary, I'm talking about something very simple. So you get an index card. I have an index card right in front of me, and all you do is on your index card. Write down 3 to 5 things that you're going to be talking about in the video. Just very short keywords, key phrases, something very simply don't want to write out paragraphs, but something very simple. 3 to 5 things. And then when you start your video, when you turn on the camera and you start teaching, go through and talk about what you're going to share in the video by reviewing your little summary that you put on an index card or wherever you may put it. Just go through those bullet points one at a time and share what you're going to talk about . Then, after that, immediately start teaching. So take those bullet points and, uh, start talking about them in depth, and you can do that when you start a video. You can use a summary when you start a video like I did here or if you want. If you don't want to include the summering in the video itself. Just do the summary out loud before you start the video. Before you turn on the camera, go through the summary and talk about it out loud. That way the ideas and the thoughts that you're going to teach at the top your mind and then immediately turn on the camera and start teaching. Just a long as the ideas are clear to you and you're excited, inspired buying them and you can share them and they make sense. All right, so use a summary. It's a great tool for making great videos. 8. Trash The Script: So perhaps you believe that you need a script in order to feel comfortable in front of the camera. And if you just don't have one, then you feel like a nervous ball of anxiety and you just don't feel like you could do a good job. Well, I'm going to suggest that just the opposite is true, and that is that you get nervous because you rely too heavily on a script, especially a word for word script. Why do I say that? Well, I say that because when you are tied to a script and you need to follow it word for word, then, as you get into recording a video and you're recording a maybe a seven minute video and you're six minutes into it, you start worrying in the back, your mind that my goodness, I hope that six minutes into this video, I don't make a mistake, and I don't say something wrong, because if I do, I don't have a way to get back on track. If I get do railed by following this work for words script, I just get lost and I have to start over again. I don't know what to do, and that's a horrible place to be, to not be able to just talk freely and come up with words as you need them. But to be stuck to that script and that anxiety increases the longer you get into a longer video. So here's a new perspective that I want you to adopt and really think about. And that is that when you think about your everyday life and your everyday conversations, you don't need a script. When you're talking to your friends, you don't need a script. When you're talking about important things to people you love, you just talk. You don't go up to your friends and say, Hey, Bob, it's so good to see you today and can we have lunch? You don't do that. So the perspective I want you to adopt is that you have the ability to speak clearly and fluently without a script. It's in there somewhere, and hopefully this course is extracting that, bringing it to the top so that you can use it in front of the camera. But you have the ability to do this. You've got to give up the idea that you need a script that really isn't natural. You don't need a script. You speak just fine and everyday conversations. You just be a need to be able to take what part of your brain works and those everyday conversations and bring them to a lot. Bring that same part of your brain toe life. When you're in front of the camera, it's inside of you. You can do it. You just need to believe that you can. Now it's going to take some work, and this course has exercises that make it possible. But I want you just to really sink into the idea and believe the idea that having a script is not a necessity for you. You don't need when you can do it without it. And once you accept this and you start practicing, it's gonna be a little bit challenging at first to start creating videos without a word for word script and just kind of letting to go. But once you're able to get to that point than being in front of the camera becomes fun, you become enthusiastic. The rial you comes out and it becomes so much easier to communicate your ideas to your audience, 9. Use A Subtle Memory Aid: So you've gotten to the point where you're comfortable in front of the camera and you don't really have an anxiety or fear as you're talking and things are kind of coming out fluent. But the challenge second challenge that most people have is the old noggin memory, remembering the things that they need to talk about. How do you do that? Because the fact of the matter is, when you have good eye contact and you have good presence in front of camera, you're not going to achieve that by as we've talked about in other parts of this course by looking at your notes constantly and referring back and forth and going like this like a tennis match, that's just not gonna happen. So you have to have a way. If you don't have a great memory, then you have to have a way to kind of trigger your memory so that as you're talking, you talk about the right things in the right order, and that can alleviate a lot of the anxiety and stress that you might feel and putting together a video. So you're not fumbling over yourself thinking, Oh my goodness, am I gonna forget what I have to say is is gonna come out right. I'm gonna put in the right order. You need a simple memory aid to help you to get past that. So here's some suggestions for memory aids that you can include in your video creation process. 1st 1 is to simply use a white board. So if you have a white board or a dry erase board, use it in the video itself. Put an easel, put it on easel and set up your white board and just put your notes on your white board. And as you're talking and as you're explaining things, just reference what's on the white board and explain it one step at a time. That's totally cool, and it's a great way of presenting, so you have the white board actually in the video. The second way is to do the same thing, but have the white board outside the scope of the camera itself, so it might be right next to the camera behind it, somewhere close so that you can look at. So, for example, let's say I don't have a white board. Let's say I had a white board right next to my camera lens. I could be sitting here talking to you insane. Okay, so the next thing I want to share with you and if you just notice my eyes kind of just darted their real quickly, and I could do that and it not be such a distraction. That's a lot less of a distraction if I had notes here. But if I had a white board right next to the camera, I could quickly look at it as I'm talking to you. And I just did it again. And I could think, because when I'm doing that, you're probably thinking, huh? He looks like he's thinking about something. Well, I am. But at the same time it it's what I could actually be doing is looking at the next bullet point that I want to share in the video. It's a great memory aid, so whiteboard in the video whiteboard next to the video or the camera. Another strategy would be to have. If you have ah, laptop in the background or a TV in the background, you might be able to use your TV or your laptop to put things on the screen and a bulleted list that you could quickly reference once again just by glancing over every once in a while, you don't have to look at the camera 100% of the time. It's okay to kind of look a look to the side. That's just kind of natural. I mean, obviously you wanna have your eyes focused on the student as much as possible. But if you're looking away occasionally, people are going to see that as natural eye movement. Not a big deal. But it's also going to enable you to look at your notes, whether they're on the white board or ah, laptop behind the camera or even a posterboard. Whatever you may might want to use as a memory aid to just kind of put some bullet points together that you can quickly reference. Another thing you can do is just put a post it note next to the camera itself that has a list of the bullet points that you're going to talk about your going to discuss and put that right there. That's okay. Or if you have an index card, you might put that right next to the camera, or you might even hold it not a big deal. If you don't have a perfect memory, people aren't going to count it against you. What they want is great content that makes sense in a logical order. And if you need a memory tool to make that happen, use some of the ones I've discussed here and you're gonna find that your ability to remember those things is going to improve dramatically. 10. Look For Inspiration: So let's face it, it may be a little bit of a challenge to make a connection with a piece of glass or piece of plastic whatever your lenses made out of. And that's because your camera is something Elektronik. It's not human, it's impersonal, and as a result of that, you can kind of lose a little bit of your umph when you're trying to teach and share something of value to this thing that your brain sees is just a piece of electron. ICS is kind of weird. So how can you make that a little bit more personal, a little bit more human? Well, I'm going to suggest that you take a picture, someone picture of someone you love a picture, someone you admire, like a mentor or a student, and put that picture right next to the camera lands either above it beside it. It doesn't matter. Just put it somewhere that you can see it and look at it, and what you could do with that picture is a couple of different things. Before you start recording, look at the photograph and imagine that you are about to teach this person or whatever you're going to do. Maybe you're going to create a video that, um is going to inspire someone. But you have a photograph of a human being that you can look at and say that person inspires me that get me excited and as a result, it's gonna come through in the way that you teach and you share that information. So look at the photograph prior to hitting record on your camera. That's one thing that you can do. The second thing that you can do is look at the actual photograph as you're doing the recording, pretend you're teaching that person because you're passionate about you wanna help them, you want to share something of value to with them and so pretend that you're looking at the photograph and to give you an idea of what this might look like, I'm gonna show you how my eyes shift from looking directly at the camera lens, which they are right now to what my eyes look like looking at a photograph above the cameraman's. OK, so you ready? I'm looking at the camera lens now I'm looking at a photograph above the camera lens. Very little difference is a matter of fact, if you didn't know that I started the the video by looking directly at the camera lens, you wouldn't even realize that I was looking at a photograph above the camera lens. So let me move my eyes back down right now to look directly in the camera lens so you can see nobody's gonna be able to tell if you're looking at that photograph. Now a lot of people might tell you Well, just imagine that you're teaching somebody. Imagine somebody in your mind. I got to tell you, if you're having a hard time trying to put this whole process of looking at a camera, lands and talk and be fluent, that's a lot to ask of your brain on top of trying to visualize and imagine somebody else on the other end of the camera lens. Put a real picture up next to your camera. Don't let your don't texture brain by asking it to visualize somebody on the other end. Put a real picture. Look at it, get inspired. Buy it and you're gonna find that that little tiny tweak that little tiny strategy very simple, is going to enhance the level and the quality of your presentation skills and the way that you communicate with the person that you're teaching 11. Speak Like You Speak: the camera can do some weird things to people, and one of the weirdest things that it does to people when the camera gets turned on is that they start speaking in a way that's different than what they do in everyday life. They might start sounding really proper, as if they're a college professor, not saying there's anything wrong with being a college professor. But if that's not how you normally talk, that's one of the things that affects people in the way they speak. Another thing that they tend to do is they stop using contractions instead of saying Can't or shouldn't or don't they say, cannot, should not do not or they might become this hype machine. It's kind of like, Hey, it's really great to see you today and I'm glad that you're watching my videos and we're gonna have a good time today and they don't normally do that in everyday life. And the problem with that is your brain doesn't like it. Your brain doesn't like being a fake phony person, and if that's what you're trying to do in front of the camera, you're taxing your brain to try to think of things and speak and communicate in a way that you're not used to. So that really puts a lot of burden on your brain on top of trying to remember what you're saying, the way that you're trying to come across your body, language, whatever it may be. And so this fake speaking, which is what I call it fake speaking really doesn't number on your ability to think and communicate. Clearly, it overwhelms your brain, so I'm going to suggest that you stop doing it. If that's what you do, it's so much better to be authentic and real people appreciate it. They don't want to talk. They don't want to hear a phony. They don't want to hear somebody that is trying to be somebody they're not. If you have an accent or if you have a way that you normally speak to your friends and you're kind of just having a conversation, do that in front of the camera. Be yourself. I know it sounds like a cliche, but it's so important that you should be yourself. And don't think that people aren't going to like you because you don't sound like a professor or you don't sound like you've been doing this for the last 30 or 40 years. Just be who you are. Speak like you speak. And when you do this, people will appreciate it so much more. 12. Record On A High: so recording great videos. Doing that is going to require some energy management. What do I mean by that? Well, what I mean is that not all times throughout the day are going to be the absolute best times for recording videos. Just the way that our bodies work. Our bodies work in cycles. And so there are sometimes down cycles where recording videos wouldn't be a good idea, not saying you can't but not a good idea. Whereas sometimes we have high cycles where our thinking and our energy or higher. And that is the best time to record videos, if at all possible. So some examples are maybe after lunch, when you have just eaten and your body is digesting and you're kind of low on energy, most people are, and it's easy to fall asleep. That's probably not the best time to record videos where you need some energy. You need clear thinking. So after lunch would be, ah, low time A after a nap. I do this sometimes, but I figured out over the years how to make it possible. So but if you're just starting out after a nap, may not be the best time for you to record videos. Once again, it's different for everyone. The high cycle of your day. When would be the best time to record videos? But figure out what that is when you have the clearest thinking when you have the most energy and plan on recording your videos at that time record on a high, not alot. You're gonna get better results now. A couple things to keep in mind a few things to keep in mind our that you can control this a little bit just a little bit by what you do throughout the day and some of things you want to keep in mind that when you are going to be recording videos, whatever day that maybe absolutely get plenty of sleep but on that's a given. But it's also important to remember to avoid too much sugar, and this could be in all kinds of things. Obviously, we can put it into our drinks or sodas, even breads that we eat whatever it may be. But sugar condole you're thinking, and it's not a great way to boost your energy, so you want to least minimize the amount of sugar that you take in on the days that you're going to be recording videos, so minimize that or eliminate sugar altogether. And, of course you want to be hydrated. You want to drink plenty of water. Soda is not water, so you want to drink plenty of water. And if you're not a big fan of water, then squeeze some Citrus into it or something like that. Just don't sugar it all up and make it anything but water. You want to drink water. You want to stay hydrated from the beginning of the day throughout the day. And actually, that's That's a good habit to be in in general. But it's very important when you're recording videos and you need clear thinking and you need a lot of energy, so avoid the sugar, minimizes sugar, drink plenty of water. And, of course, remember that when you're recording and you're trying to record on the high, whatever that wherever point in the day, that is for you. When you do that, remember the exercise in this course where we talk about getting into the right state in order to record your videos member, stand confidently, take some breaths, smile and say, I'm going to record, or I'm going to create a new awesome video or some awesome videos getting to that state. So you have the right thinking clear thinking, energized body to create great videos, so record on a high. 13. Build Some Success Momentum: So I want you to think of whether or not you do this. When you stand in front of the camera and you're recording your videos, do you fumble? Go behind the camera. Stop it! Reset it. Start recording again. Get in front of the camera. Start talking. Fumble. Stop! Go behind the camera. Turn it off! Reset it. Start recording again. Get back in front of camera, fumble up. Go back behind the camera and keep doing this over and over and over again. Is that something you do? Because that's what a lot of people do. And if this is something you do, I'm going toe highly and strongly recommend that you stop doing it. Let me explain to you a better way first, and then explain to you why I say that this is a better way. So better way is when you start recording. If you have a fumble, just collect yourself. Stop, refocus. Collect yourself. Take a depth deep breath and just repeat what you just fumbled on. Repeat it and continue talking about what you were going to talk about. You can always edit out the fumbles if you want. Okay, But just don't constantly go back behind the camera started and stop it constantly. You've got to stop doing that. Why? The reason why is in order to be a good speaker in front of the camera, your brain has to get into a flow. And that flow is constantly being brought to a an abrupt stop Each time you fumble. Ends, restart, fumble, restart from will restart. You can't build momentum and flow by doing that. That is jolting your brain constantly to a stop. And you're never going to have any long term mo mentum doing that. So instead of fumbling, keep going, edit out your mistakes and you're gonna find that the more you do this, the better you're gonna get at doing it. Fewer fumbles you're gonna have, and the longer you're stretches, you're going to be able to go without having those fumbles because you're going to get into a flow and you're going to be it. Build a mo mentum, a success, momentum and confidence. By doing this, there's name of going to enable you to create some really great video content 14. Speed Up Your Implementation: So have you ever had an idea that you thought was just absolutely brilliant, so brilliant that you could feel it? You could feel its brilliance. And so what you did was you thought OK, I have got to capture this. So you go on, write it down. But you don't do much with it other than just simply write it down at that moment because you just feel like about I don't have time to deal with it right now. I'll get to it later. But I love this idea and you come back maybe a week, two weeks, a month later and you look at that idea and you're ready to do something with it. And look at you. Go. What What's I don't get what I was trying to get trying to right there. And so the idea itself is likely still pretty brilliant. But your connection to that idea, your emotional connection that made you excited about it, is largely lost. So if this is something that you're doing, I'm going to recommend that when you have these moments of brilliance and you have an idea that you think would be great to share with others or you've come up with this perfect way of explaining a concept or an idea that get the camera going as quickly as you possibly can and record it as quickly as you possibly can, because you want to have that connection, an emotional connection with your ideas. So it's conveyed to your audience when you are teaching them on the camera. Not only are you able to make a stronger emotional connection, the sooner that you record it, but the ideas air still fresh in your mind. If you come back a week, two weeks a month later to an idea, it's going to be hard to remember the exact way that you were thinking about it initially. But if you record quickly based on your inspiration and the thoughts that you write down right there, if you record that within 24 hours at the most, it's really going to bump up the quality of your content. And if you especially get into a practice of doing this, the level of your content, the quality, the essence of your ideas are really gonna come through shine through and people are going to love it 15. Beecome An Imperfectionist: become an imperfection ist sounds kind of odd, doesn't But this is an important mindset toe have when you are creating things, sharing your knowledge, sharing anything of value to other people. You have to understand that if you are a perfectionist as I waas for many years and I still struggle with on occasion, But if you're a perfectionist, then that idea of being perfection are being a perfectionist and wanting everything to be exactly right before you share it. Release it to the world is going to, as it says here, prevent you from doing amazing things. So you really need to adopt this idea that it's OK to not be a perfectionist. And if you have a struggle with that and you think that odd, be embarrassed. If if I put out something that just wasn't perfect or I'm not going to put out low quality stuff, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about getting things done 80 to 90% perfect, releasing it to the world and seeing what happens. And we're going to talk about that and just ah, little bit. That's part of the process. But if you have those kind of struggles. And you think, Well, you know, I just can't do it unless it's perfect. Then this video is meant to help you. This is these are some of the ideas that helped me to get past the challenge of being a perfectionist and wanted everything to be just so before I shared it. So I've got a number of different ideas that I want to share with you. And I want you to really think about how these impact your ability to create great things and share it with the world because you have an amazing ability. Each one of us have amazing ability, amazing talents and skills that we need to share with others, whatever they may be. And we don't want to allow perfectionism to prevent us from doing that. So let's go through some of these actually going to go through all of them about why we should embrace perfectionism in perfectionism. See, I just made a mistake there, but I'm OK with that. If you are. I am. So why embrace imperfection is, um, and then some ideas about why you should just create it and do it. And then I'm going to share with you right here. The recipe for doing amazing imperfecta things. So let's get started with why embrace imperfection is, um, first idea is that most people will never notice your mistakes when you make them anyway. This is so true when you are creating content, it's easy to think, Oh my goodness, that there's a mistake. There's a mistake. There's a mistake, and it's easy for us to see your own mistakes. But the reality is when you share what you create with other people, very often they don't even notice those mistakes. To give you an example. I'm sure you've seen some of these $1,000,000,000 seems like budgeted movies from Hollywood , where they just spend gobs and gobs of money producing and creating these these movies over the course of years. And they've got hundreds, if not thousands of people working on them, and you would think, Well, I go and watch those and they're just perfect. They're amazing. But if you were to ask the director the producer, some of the special effects guys about the mistakes that are actually in the video or in the movie, they would likely be able to point out dozens and dozens and dozens that you don't even notice you don't even see. And that's the reality. When you are creating your own content is that most people will not notice your mistakes. You will at a much higher level than they will. But because they don't, they don't care. They just see great content. If you're creating quality content, then don't get hung up on this idea that people are going to notice everything you do wrong . That's just simply not true. Next point is perfectionism gives life to procrastination. And this is so true. This happened to be the case for me, where when you have this idea that things have to be perfect, what happens? Well, it's unattainable. You can't reach perfection. And so you don't even start. Sometimes you think Well, if I can't do this exactly perfect the way that it needs to be done, then I'm not going to even try because I'm not going to embarrass myself or I'm not gonna do that, period. That's just not my way of doing things. And as a result, you put it off and you put it off. You thinking OK, well, maybe down the road, it will be a perfect time or I'll have the perfect tools or I'll be able to have. The perfect resource is and you keep putting it off putting and off putting it off because of that. And guess what? That never happens because perfection isn't attainable. And so you've got to get past that because that idea perfectionism is causing you to procrastinate. Put putting off doing amazing things toe later and later keeps getting pushed back farther and farther and farther until it's never done. So you don't want to do that. You want to create great things. Right now, perfection is often in the eye of the beholder. And again, this is me speaking from experience right here and what you could see as being in perfect. And you would look at your own work and say, Boy, this just this kind of junk, It's garbage. What you may see is junk or garbage. Other people may see as amazing and useful, and let me just give you a quick story about how this is true. There used to be a band called Bachman Turner Overdrive, and if you're into classic rock, you're probably familiar with the band called Bachman Turner Overdrive er, bto, now Bachmann Turner Overdrive. They were a band, I think, sixties late sixties, early seventies, something like that. But in any case, they One time the band members themselves out of having fun. They produced this song called You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, and the song was intended to be for one of the band members, Brother in Laws and because he had a stuttering problem. And if you've ever heard the song, you'll understand why the the basis for the song and how it ties into the stuttering that the brother in law has. But in any case, the band members really created this song in the studio for themselves. Toe have, Ah, good time, and the record company didn't realize that that was their intention. And so they ended up releasing the song to the public on, and they put it on the album and the band member for like, Oh my goodness, what just happened? This song that was supposed to be for us on Lee was released, and it doesn't you know it's not our best work. We don't think, and people are going to be like what in the world were they thinking? But what's interesting is that ended up being there. Number one selling song of all time. So this really is true. Perfectionism or perfection isn't often in the eye of the beholder. What you might think is terrible and not so good. If you release it and share it with other people, it may be the best thing that you ever created. You have no idea. So don't let perfection prevent you from sharing it. The next idea is life is nearly always a rough to refinement process. So when you start out doing anything and I talk about this in one of the other videos, But whenever you start out doing anything in life, often times you're going to have some rough times before you get to the point where you are doing refined work. That's just the way it works. And we all have to go through this. It's before you started walking upright and being able to put one foot in front of the other. You had to learn how to crawl. You had to get your knees dirty, need to get some cuts and scrapes. That's part of the process. So embrace that embrace the fact that you're not going to do things perfect right out of the gate. It's just highly, highly, highly improbable. Unless you are a prodigy of virtuoso, whatever it may be, you're going to have some cuts and scrapes along the way. That's just the way life works. It's okay. We all go through it and so accept that and just continue to push out content regardless. And that will get better with time. The next idea is that perfectionism is life in the slow lane. What does that mean? Well, that means that when you are slowly creating things and life, you're in life and things just aren't flowing through your life very easily because you just take so much time to create them and produce them and make them perfect. The flow of your life is so unbelievably slow, and that makes life so unsatisfying. As it says here, it's not fun to have a life where things are just kind of boring and going through. You're going through this process where you're not producing content quickly. You know, speed is excitement. Speed is energy, and that is just the opposite of what you do and what you get when you do things slow and super calculated with the idea of they that they need to be perfect. So let go that. And let's let's speed and energy become part of your existence and part of your life, especially when it comes to creating great content. And you're going to see that you're able to create Mawr and Maura amazing things. Next idea is that perfectionism causes unpleasant backlogs in life. And this kind of goes along with some of the other points we've already talked about in the sense that when you are very calculated and very perfect about creating things than everything in your life tends to slow down. And as a result, when things start to slow down in your life, you kind of have these this backlog of things that start collecting in your life because you and you start feeling overwhelmed because you think, OK, I want to start this project, but I can't do it perfectly. Someone put it off. I want to start this project, but I can't because I can't do it perfectly. So I'm gonna put it off and you keep doing this in all the areas of your life to the point where you start creating this kind of like clog, if you will in your life that prevents things from flowing through nicely. And this clogged. This causes this backlog of things because you still have inputs coming into your life. And those inputs keep piling up and piling up and piling up to the point where you feel this weight and you just feel overwhelmed and exhausted. And so the way to get past this is just to push through, start creating things and get the clog out of there and start doing things amazing things with what you what you know and what you can share with the world. Next point is that people often connect better with someone who is in perfect. And this is so true, you might look a around you and think, Ah, you know what to be really accepted. And to be concerned authority, I have to be a produced person. I have to have the perfect lighting I have toe. It has to be Hollywood, and the reality is that a person who makes mistakes and the person that does things that are not absolutely Hollywood especially other people, are able to connect with somebody like that because they look at you. If you're doing things imperfectly, they look at you and say That person is just like me and I can relate to them better, whereas if you're over produced, if you are, you know everything needs to be perfect. That connection is kind of lost. And so people really connect better with you. When you concertos that you're just like them, that you're human, you make mistakes and they love you for it. It's being authentic and real. So embrace that. The next thing the next point is perfect may be far from perfect, and this is a hard lesson for a lot of us to learn. I had to learn the hard way, and what it means is that you may spend a considerable amount of time, energy and resource is on something, and you think that it's great and you sweat it over it for your months, maybe even longer. And you think, boy, when I share this because it's so amazing and I've got everything just perfect people are going to be blown away with it and so you spend all this time. Energy and resource is doing that. You release it to the public, you release it to the wild and what happens It goes downhill, you know, it flops. And so you've wasted all this time, energy and resource is on something that people really didn't want really didn't like. But you thought it was perfect. But you you have just lost a lot of time where you could have just created a bunch of things that were in perfect to some degree and figured out what actually worked and made it even better as we're going to talk about here in just a second, so don't be embraced. The do embraced the idea that what you create doesn't have to be perfect. Because if you do and you spend all this time energy on it, it may be wasted Time, energy and resource is once you share it with somebody else or the public, and they just really don't like it. So don't get stuck in that trap, as I have been in several times in the past. The next point is striving for perfect makes you unhappy and miserable as it says here because of the impossibly high expectations that go with it. Perfectionism keeps you in a constant state of frustration, restraint, uncertainty and disappointment about everything you do, Isn't it the case? I mean, that was case for me. Ah, lot of years. And this drains the joy out of many of life's best experience. Embracing imperfection ism is liberating. So when you embrace being in perfect and doing things in perfect to some degree, I'm not talking about low quality or doing dumb things. I'm talking about just realizing that you're not going to get everything just shiny and beautiful when you embrace that, Then life just becomes more liberating, more free. You're not frustrated as often, and it's a great experience. Along those lines. It's important to realize that striving for perfection and striving for excellence are not the same. What does that mean? Well, it means perfection is impossible, isn't perfection is impossible when it comes to creating things that you're sharing with the world, it's just impossible. But excellence is doing the best you possibly can, which is possible. So don't I think that I'm trying to say you need to create low quality stuff. You need to crank it up fast so that, you know and just create junk. And because that's not what I'm saying at all. I'm talking about doing the best that you can, but really realizing that the best that you can do is not perfect. It may be 80 to 90% perfect, but it's not perfect, and we're going to talk about that in just a moment. So let's run down this because this is really the heart of what the mindset is all about. Just create, do and ship it. So you may flub up what you say. You may misspell a word. It may not look the way it doesn't a book. You may have a blemish or two. If you're recording a video or you're in front of the camera, someone will probably say something bad about it. Guaranteed. There's someone out there that will do it better. For sure. You may wish you had learned more tips. How twos and strategies. It may not be your best work. It will probably be incomplete in some way. There's likely lots of room for improving it. There will be imperfections about it that drive you insane but created and shared with the world anyway, because done is better than perfect. Done is better than perfect really embrace that mindset. So how can you put this into practice in the real world? The recipe for doing amazing and perfect things is based on this idea of the Peredo principle and that essentially what you want to do are these four steps. So whatever it is that you're creating, you want to make it say it or do it as excellently as you possibly can in a reasonable amount of time. So give yourself a deadline. And within that deadline, get whatever you're creating to 80 to 90% of perfect you'll know what that IHS. Everything doesn't have to be absolutely right. 80 to 90% of perfect. Then ship it, get it out, share with the world and then three. You want to learn from your mistakes and feedback people, we're going to tell you you know what? You need to change this. You need to do this different. This was missing. This is too much. Learn from your mistakes and your feedback. You will get them and then love it. Love that. You're getting that once you've got the feedback then refine that. Whatever you created to 80 90% refine it, even Mawr make it better and then ship it again, make it ship it out and share it with people. Repeat steps one through three. Okay, that's a very simple process. But it's how you become an imperfection ist. And this hopefully has inspired you. If you have a problem with perfectionism, hopefully this is inspired you to not allowed perfectionism to prevent you from doing amazing things. 16. Close The Gap: so whatever you do creative work, even creating videos like these, it's easy to beat yourself up sometimes because you just think, my goodness, especially when you're first starting out your thinking. I'm putting all this time and energy into this and just seems to be so difficult, so challenging and it's exhausting. It's wearing me out, and I just don't like what I'm creating. You know what I'm creating just doesn't seem that good at all, and it's discouraging is disappointing sometimes. So this video is all about getting some inspiration when it inspire you, hopefully in this video to enable you to push past that because it's important to push past that to keep moving forward, even though you have these feelings of discouragement and you think it, boy, what I'm doing just doesn't seem good enough. So what I want to share with you today is this life map that I call closed the gap and is based on one of the best quotes that I've ever heard about being a creative person and never giving up and why you should never give up, even though you feel like you might want to why you shouldn't and This is by a fellow by the name of Ira Glass and Ira Glass is an American journalist, and he really said something. One time to a naughty INSEE shared it with his audience. That really resonated with me at one point, and I hope that it will resonate with you. So let me just sure with you what he said. And of course, he said it better than I could. But I'm going to share it with you in the best way that I possibly can with the same kind of feeling and emotion that he did, because I really believe it's true and I think you're going to love it. So here's what Ira Glass said about never giving up. And it was based, like I said on this idea of the gap closing this gap. And if you look at the graphic here, you'll see the gap. I have, ah, kind of little clamp here. And if you know how Clamp works, you'll know how this graphic is supposed to represent what we're gonna talk about. But we all start with a taste. Then there's mastery. And then there's this gap. Between the two are taste and our ability to master something, and then there's this gap. How do you close this gap? You need to close the gap. You do it by work by turning this little crank here. Now that might not make might not make much sense right now, but as we go through this, hopefully it will. So let me share what Ira Glass said, he said. Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone had told me all of us who do creative work, we can get into it because we have good taste. But there's this gap for the first couple years. You make stuff is just not that good. It's trying to be good. It has potential, but it's not. But your taste, that thing that got you into the game, it's still killer, and your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this face. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting creative work went through years of this. We know our work just doesn't have the special thing that we wanted to have. We all go through this and if you're starting outs and you're still at this phase, you've got to know that it's normal, and the most important thing you can do is to do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story or one video or multiple videos is on Lee by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure this out how to do this than anyone I ever met. It's going to take a while. It's normal to take a while. You've just got to fight your way through. Isn't that inspirational? You feel like giving up. And if the points not clear what I were was trying to say, WAAS, When we start out, creating videos like this are wanting to share knowledge with people. We have good taste. We see other people doing it. We think they are doing amazing job. They have knowledge, they have a camera. I've got those things I want to be and do this as good as they do because I'm inspired by them. But you first start out and you're often disappointed in your own results, right? That's the gap. You have good taste. You know what's good, but what you're doing just isn't that good. So you have this gap And the point is to not give up because that gap exists to realize that to close that gap between what you aspire to be and what you currently are now is going to require some work putting in a lot of work. And only by going through that work and doing a lot of work, producing a lot of videos that you're going to close that gap and eventually you're gonna get to the point to where what you aspire to be and what you are are real close to each other if not touching each other. But you've got to do a lot of work. You've got to do the work and make it the best that you possibly can. And over time you're gonna see results so close the gap never give up 17. Tool: The Mind Map Outline: and this video, I'm going to share with you a tool. And this is a tool that I use to create content toe, understand it better myself, but also to teach it a lot more easily than the standard way that maybe you're familiar with which we're going to talk about here. So this is called the mind map Outline. Create an outline that your brain will love, and we'll make it so much easier to teach in front of the cameras that your brain isn't over front, overwhelmed and fried due to the method. Maybe that you're using now or method. That's very common to most people. So let's talk about that method that most people go through to create an outline, and that is they have a now outline and they might do it with bullet points. So I'm gonna give give most people the benefit of the doubt. Let's say you start in outline and you have your main topic right here. So this is your topic, and as a part of this outline, you start making bullet points about what this topic is about. So you go bullet point number one Bullet Point Institute, but with point number three about point number four. And then you go to the next, maybe a subheading and talk about that and maybe create more bullet points and so on. And this is this is not bad. I mean, some people have to do it even worse. They simply get it out of sheet of paper. And what they do is they write one line after another of paragraphs. They don't even do bullet points like this. But the challenge with this is that you're hopping from one line to the next to the next to the next to try to remember information. And people have been doing this for ages, and it's not bad, but the mind map outline that I'm going to share with you so much better because one of the challenges that you run into with taking this approach right here is there is no room for seeing the big picture. You know, you when you're using an outline like this, you're pretty much confined to the idea that Okay, I've got a sheriff, this idea, and then I've got a hop down to the next line and share that idea. And then I've got a hop down to the next line and got share this idea. It's a very linear 12345 step process, and your brain can do that. But what I'm going to share with you in in this video, the tool I'm gonna share with you is works a lot more efficiently, and it works the way that your brain tends to work. So let's go to that. It's called the Mind map Outline. Now the concept with the mind map outline. And if you've ever heard of the term mind map, you might be familiar with this already. It's a process for thinking and putting down information that was developed, I think, in the early 19 seventies by a fellow by name of Tony Museum. I think that's how you pronounce his last name. But anyway, mind mapping, it's simply a way of structuring information in a way that it branches out. So as opposed to having information that's essentially just a whole bunch of lines, one on top of another or, in this case, like paragraphs, lines of text one after another like this, which is a very linear straight process. Instead of doing it that way, what a mind map does is as I mentioned, it acts like a branch branching out process. So if I were to turn this to the side, you could look at this kind of like a tree. Okay, so here you have the branch of the tree, and this is the strongest element of the tree. And in the case of our outline, this is the topic that we're going to be discussing. So this is the trunk, and then you have branches off of that and that's these. The secondary items and then off the branches, you kind of have the leaves. And this is you'll see the structure very often throughout nature. This is our brain cells. Looked like this structure. Trees look like the structure. The sun looks like this structure in in various ways. The planets, so many things in in nature have the same structure where there's one central item element , and it branches out toe other elements which branch out to other elements and so on. And our brains really understand this exceptionally well. It may not if you're not used to it initially, but if you start using this and you start practicing creating outlines this way or using mind mapping in general, you're going to find that you're thinking is so much clear at least to this for me. Some people say it doesn't work, but nearly everyone I've ever showed this to and anyone that is tried it. They understand how beneficial it can be, not only understanding ideas, but sharing them with others. So you have this branching structure, and let me just explain to you the branching structure itself. So you have the main idea here, and in this case, to use an example, we're gonna have a outline about dogs, all about dogs. That is the topic, the main topic that we're going to be discussing. So what are some elements about dogs? Some secondary elements that we can talk about when it comes to dogs? Well, we can talk about their appearance, and that's an eyeball just in case. Let me move this in front of the camera appearance. That's an eyeball. It's a horribly drawn eyeball, but I think you get the idea. You have loyalty, you have a star there, you have food to bone and play, and that's a ball. These air elements that we all understand about dogs. So dogs are central theme these air elements about dogs. And then when we look at each one of these secondary elements, weaken branch off that and say Okay, when it comes to appearance, dogs have eyes. They have a tongue. They have ears. When it comes to loyalty, dogs are loyal. When you get home, they follow you around when you're asleep. Next element secondary element is food. When it comes to food dogs like bones, they like meat. They need plenty of water when it comes to play, they like to chase cat, catch, do tricks, things like that. And so here, in just about two minutes, I put together this outline. I didn't spend a lot of time. You know, I didn't sit down and write an encyclopedia of information one line, one line after another of a bunch of information. I just have some very simple ideas, but put into a structure where you can see how all the pieces fit together. You understand that these elements eyes, tongue and here relate to appearance. They don't relate to food, but they relate to two Appearance. Loyalty involves getting home and having your dog get excited, They follow you around and you see how all these pieces fit together. Your brain con's conceptualize it so much higher and so much better ideas than if you capture ideas and create outlines. This way, this is just so hard and difficult. So if you're doing this, I highly recommend you quit doing it and adopt this. Make this method of creating an outline. So in two minutes, I put together this outline and I just used the graphics for my own benefit. I would suggest if you can if you you can see that these aren't high quality graphics, but they can help you in the remembering the memory process. As you're presenting your information, these simple graphics and if you have color, you can add color to your outline. Those are just elements that are going to help you to remember what you're talking about when you start recording your video so you have the structure and all it requires when you are presenting this information. If I were to create a video all about dogs, this is what I would do. I would look over this information. I would know it clearly I would maybe put this outline next to the cameras we've talked about in this course, and then because it's so simple and it has structure, and I see how all the pieces work in context with one another. Then I would start and I would start the video. And I'm not gonna get linked to create a lengthy video here, but it would simply be Hi, my name's Derek. And today we're gonna talk about dogs, all about dogs. And there are several elements about dogs that we all know and love their appearance, their loyalty, the food that they eat and how they like to play. So let's go to each one of those. What do we know about dogs in their appearance? Well, they have just the inmate most amazing eyes. You can look at a dog and you can see the emotions that they're feeling, and you just make a great connection with them by looking at their eyes and, of course, their tongues. They have floppy tones, they the flop out when they're thirsty, and then when they're excited, they're playing, and it's just kind of fun to watch them move back and forth and of course, who doesn't like toe? You know, pet the ears of Ah, really fuzzy dog. We all do, because that's what makes a dog who it ISS when it comes to their appearance. Now, dogs are very loyal creatures as well. When you get home, what do they like to do? They like to jump and get excited and play with you. They're happier to see you than just about anybody else in the household and so great they they're very loyal when you get home and they let you know that they're happy to see you. And of course, they like to follow you around. You can't shake him sometimes that you just kind of like, OK, I need some time off, but they don't like to do that. They like to follow you around. And of course, by the end of the day, when everybody's exhausted, even puppy, what happens? Well, you lay down and they lay down right next to you and they like to sleep with you and and the example. But you understand how this process works, of how you could create an outline in this very simple structure and start talking about it and how all the process, all the pieces fit together and as your as your sharing the information, how it all comes together, how it makes it easy to share it in a structured way that makes sense and is easy to remember. So use this tool printed up, or you can even just use a blank sheet of paper. If you want to create an outline and start out like this, create a line like that. Do your secondary elements like this and then your third airy? I don't know that's not a word, but we'll call it your third elements here and then just fill in these blanks with the content that you're going to be talking about. Make a mind map outline, okay? And this is an outline that if you use it and it's gonna be difficult, maybe at first to get used to that. But if you get used to it, this will become an outline that your brain will love 18. Course Summary: So we've talked about a lot of different ideas and tips and strategies for being confident and fearless in front of the camera. And what I've done here is I've taken all those ideas and I turned each one into a graphic because our minds remember graphics. And so I have them all on a single reference sheet that you can see right here. And this reference sheet is available to you in the resource is section of this video, and I encourage you to download it printed up, put it in a plastic sleeve, laminated whatever you want to do and keep it handy so you can look at it and be reminded of these ideas that will help you to be more confident and fearless in front of the camera . So let's go through each one of these quickly and so that you didn't remember what they are . But at the same time at as we go through all of them, you're going to see this entire picture of how to make this all work just become a lot more clear as we go through the entire process. So the first idea is to train your focus and What you learned in this video was that you want to get comfortable with looking directly at the camera lens and just staring at it for just a minute or two. That's what training your focus is because one of the biggest challenges I believe and getting comfortable and fearless in front of the camera is getting comfortable with the idea of having your eyes focused on the camera lens as you speak. So that was the first video. Next one was to train your focus and speak where we mixed the idea of looking directly at the camera lens and focusing in on that. And we tied that to the idea of speaking about something that you love and that you enjoy your family a vacation and doing that for 3123 minutes without stopping. And if you made a mistake, you just kept pushing through. So training your focus while you spoke about something you enjoy. The next element was practicing freestyle expression, and in this video I shared with you and exercise that you could use while driving in your car, taking a shower whenever you had 123 minutes of free time, where you just took a topic and you explained what it was, why it was important and how to use it and or how to do it and do this whenever you could. People, we're going to look at your strange and they might wonder what's going on with you. But you're kind of teaching as if you're teaching to an imaginary students wherever you may be in your car, in your shower wherever. But you're teaching them those three points. What, why and how and doing that as regular regularly as you possibly can to get comfortable with speaking on your feet off the top of your head. That's what practicing freestyle expression was all about. The prime prime in yourself was an exercise that I explained to you that you need to do prior to recording your videos. And it involves standing confidently, taking a few deep breaths, smiling and then telling yourself, I am about to create a new awesome video or awesome videos. That's what prime ing yourself was. It's about getting into the right mindset and energy before recording your videos. The next lesson was about starting with a summary, and this talked about the fact that when you start a video, the first thing you want at the top of your mind. The thing that you want to remember the most are the elements that you're going to be talking about teaching in the video. And oftentimes that's not what's at the top of your mind. You're thinking about other things. So creating a simple summary that you could read prior to recording the video or at the beginning of the video itself and saying OK, in this video, we're going to talk about this this and this. That's the summary doing that. How the benefits were that you would know exactly what you want to talk about. As you started teaching, that's benefit number one. Benefit number two was that you had a structure that you could follow, so you weren't just rambling and benefit number three. You were sending the expectations for your students, so they knew what to expect in the video that they were about to watch. So starting with the summary, that's what that was about trashing the script. Trashing the script was all about accepting the belief and really understanding that you have the ability within you to speak without a script. You do it every single day. And so if you have this belief now that Oh, I just can't get in front of the camera and talk without a script, it's not true. It's just that you haven't learned to take that part of your brain that does it in everyday life that allows you to speak without a script. You haven't learned how to transfer that or ignite that part of your brain when you are recording a video, but with a little bit of work, you can get to the point where that part becomes active and you can speak in front of the camera without a script. But you've got to believe that it's possible. And if you just look at your life and know that you can speak without a script, you do it all the time. You'll hopefully believe me when I tell you that you don't need to do it in front of the camera. The next video talked about using a subtle memory aid. Obviously, we don't have perfect memories. Sometimes we need a boost, and I shared with you some memory aids that you could use to help you to remember the things that you're going to talk about in your video, including a white board, perhaps an index card, maybe a TV or ah, laptop computer behind the camera itself that you could look at a glance at and nobody would notice that you're looking at that. So I shared with you some subtle memory aids that would help to alleviate hopefully, some of the anxieties you might have about forgetting what you're going to talk about. The next element was to look for inspiration, and this was all about finding a photograph of somebody. Love somebody you admire, maybe a teacher or maybe a student that you could put next to your camera lens and really connect with them as you're talking, so that the energy, the enthusiasm, the passion that you have for the topic really comes through, and it makes it a little bit more human, as you are teaching on the camera because the camera is pretty cold, impersonal and you need a way to kind of alleviate that. And one of the best ways of doing that is using a simple picture and looking at that as your talking and teaching the next element was to speak like you speak. And in this video I shared with you the fact that most of the time ah, lot of people, when they turn on the camera, they become a different person. They start talking weird. They start talking very precise, that you lose contractions. They might start hyping themselves up and saying, Hey, it's really great that you join me on this video and that's not how they normally talk in everyday life. And because of that, because they try to become a different person when they're on camera. It makes it so much harder to record videos and do it in a way that makes sense and that the words just flow out of your mouth. Because when you're not talking like you normally talk, your brain is over worked. It's taxed. It's trying to figure out who am I? What am I supposed to be saying here? So just be authentic. Riel, speak like you speak. It's gonna be not only it's not. Not only is going to come across as authentic and real, but it's gonna be easier on your brain to process. The next element was to record on a high and that bus to find the best time during the day . Whatever it is for you that you can record videos and you have the highest amount of energy and you're thinking is the clearest, and that usually is not after lunch or not after a nap. But whatever it may be figuring that out in recording your videos at that time and avoiding sugar and hydrating when you can before you start recording your videos as well. The next one was to, uh, the idea of building some success. Mo mentum. And that idea was all about When you start recording a video, it's easy to want to get into this point where you make a mistake. You stop. The camera started over again, making another mistake. Stop. The camera started over again, and you keep jolting yourself to stopping in your brain. And it's It's just not a good way to get into a flow, which is what you really need to communicate and teach effectively. So build some success mo mentum by making a mistake, collecting yourself, taking a deep breath and repeating what you just said and keep moving forward so you build that momentum you build belief that you can speak for extended periods of time without flooding, which really, that whole idea, your belief is destroyed each time you constantly start. Stop, start, stop, start, stop. You're never going to believe in yourself if you have that approach, so that's the new approach and just keep going and pushing forward. Next idea was to speed up your implementation, which meant that when you have a great idea or you've captured topic that you're going to share and you've just written it out as clearly as you can imagine. And you're really excited about it. That is the time to record not to put it on a shelf, not to wait for a week or two to do it later, because when you come back to it, something is lost. Either your ability to remember what you were talking about, what you're going to share, or your excitement, your passion for the idea. So if you have an idea and you you're excited about it and you feel it, record your feelings about it, your thoughts about it as quickly as you possibly can, at least within the 24 hour period of when you have the inspiration for The next idea was to become an imperfection ist, which means giving up the idea that everything has to be absolutely perfect before you ship it and share it. And we I shared with you a number of idea ideas as to why perfectionism is slowing you down and destroying your ability to create great stuff. Let it go. Quit trying to get it absolutely perfect. Get 80 to 90% right, ship it, get some feedback, improve it and repeat the process. That's what it was all about, becoming an imperfection ist and how if you adopt this mindset, you'll be able to do a lot more amazing things. The next item was to close the gap, and this was a quote and a lesson by a fellow by the name of Ira glass. And it really came down to the idea that when we start out creating videos or doing anything, any type of creative work, we have great taste. We have this aspiration to do something amazing, but our mastery, our ability to do it right out of the gate to kind of our our our own personal abilities don't match up our taste. We see great things where we have aspirations to do amazing things. But when we first start out, we do it kind of clumsily and were not that great at doing it. And that creates this gap. And the only way to get past that gap is to do a lot of work. We do a lot of work and we crank it out. This gap here closes to the point where eventually our taste and our mastery are right next to each other, and we are as good, if not better than the people that we used to aspire to be. All right, so that's what the idea. Never give up. Keep pushing forward, put in a lot of work. And finally, I shared with you this tool about the mind map outline and why it's so important to give up doing linear notes where it's just line, line, line, line, line, line, line, line, line. That's not the way your brain works efficiently, but to adopt the mind map style A creating outlines so you can create an outline quickly within a couple minutes if you want, and so your brain congrats and see the entire big picture of what you're going to be talking about, so that when you get in front of the camera, it's easy to remember you have a structure to follow and it just comes across so much better and higher quality. So those are all the ideas that we talked about in the course. I hope you got a lot of value from it. Remember, as I mentioned, download this printed up, put it in a plastic sleeve laminate or whatever you want to do, but use it as a reference tool, and I hope that you continue to get value from it for a long, long time. 19. Thank You: while you reach the end of the course. And I'd like to just say thank you for taking the time to go through the course. And I hope that you found massive value in what I've shared with you now but that you'll continue to get massive value from the information in the course long into the future as you continue to make amazing videos. So thank you for that. Now, before you go, I'd like to ask to small favors of you. First of all, I'd like to ask for you to if you could just take 10 seconds, 30 seconds to rate the course. Just look for a place on the page here to rate the course. Either give it a star rating or if you're feeling a little bit more adventurous, leave a text, comment, text rating, text feedback that others can read. And I would really appreciate it if you just give me an honest review of the course content and share it with the world. 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