So I've mainly been thinking speaking would be a GREAT way to funnel business towards A Better Way of Business. And that's about it. Speaking as a marketing tool.
But I made my first video blog last week. And I've made 6 more videos since then. And I love it! What gets me REALLY excited is when I start thinking that there's about 3,000,000,000 (that's right, about HALF of the WORLD'S population!!!) watching me and listening to me.
It gets me nervous (yes, I ALWAYS get nervous in front of any type of crowd, but you push through it... like bravery isn't the lack of fear, it's doing what must be done IN SPITE of your fear). It gets me EXCITED! Thinking, KNOWING that people are tuning in to WATCH ME, to LISTEN TO ME, that I HAVE SOMETHING WORTH SHARING!
I'm getting excited JUST TYPING ABOUT IT RIGHT NOW!!!
So I think I need to consider speaking more than just a marketing funnel. If it gets me THIS EXCITED. If it brings me this much ENTHUSIASM. Maybe it's worth looking into as a more important component of A Better Way of Business.
So I've done some very minor speaking activities in the past with Toastmasters. And I used to play piano in front of large audiences (at least large for me, from 50 up to 500). And I have a feeling for how I react in front of crowds.
So my question is do you think my video blogs can help me with speaking? I know practicing verbal communications will definitely help (talking in front of the camera). But I'm REALLY curious if I'll be able to somehow use my video blogs (which are going to be more and more frequent) to entice people to have me to speak to them (again, to act as a marketing funnel and now, as it's own revenue stream (hopefully))? Has anyone in the group used video blogs in some context to improve, land, or spread the word about their speaking???
Here's a link to my latest video blog:
As of 09-15-11 I have 3 videos up. The 4th will come out tomorrow. More each week going forward.
I have only had the chance to view one of your video blogs so far, (will definitely check out the others between tonight and this weekend) however, I believe the video blog is a perfect marketing tool to help propel you into making public speaking a larger part of your business! When I saw the first one, I thought "Man, I can't wait to meet this guy!" The energy behind what you shared was contagious and it was informational, entertaining and motivating all at the same time. PLUS, I got the sense that you are easy to relate to and you are not afraid to share your weaknesses. This made me feel like you actually may have something to share that would apply to me. Now, others may have a different perspective when they watch the videos, and you will always have critics, but my two cents is that it will improve your chances for gigs and improve your skills. Rock on man.
I totally agree with Alana!
Also, from my perspective, the BEST way to get a speaking engagement is to showcase (speak live to a group filled with meeting planners who book speakers). The second best way is for someone to see you on video speaking to a crowd. The third best way is through video blogs.
BTW...you had great energy on your blog, especially once you get going. Your passion really pops once you get into your topic.
You might also want to consider creative ways and places to communicate your point via videos. Check these out:
One last thing. Creative and engaging videos have definitely helped me seal the deal on speaking opportunities. If you have good passion and energy on camera, meeting planners realize you'll likely have the same on stage.
I just watched your woodturning video "Be Remarkable" series. GREAT GREAT STUFF!!!
I loved your energy, your friendly approach (I felt like an old friend just visiting) the content and tie in to business was superb! Also going on site to where this remarkable person makes it all happen was fantastic...you've got me PUMPED to do some more of this myself.
Thanks for the inspiration...Nice Job!
Randell...Ivan is coming to the Boot Camp, so be sure to connect with him there. Ivan, Randell is a great guy, so be sure to connect with him too.
Just call me Chuck Woolrey :)