I had waaaaay too much fun making this one. . .
This week's challenge was to practice talking through the camera to the person on the other side.
I had waaaaay too much fun making this one. . .
What a relief!
The one-take-rant went SO much more smoothly than the “Getting Back on the Horse” video. So much so that I'm actually looking forward to shooting the next challenge! Woohoo! :)
I didn't do everything I said I was going to do in the last analysis, but I also did a few things I didn't say I would do. So that balances out right?
Have you done your one-take-rant yet? Give it a try. It's quite fun. :)
If you missed the video post, this is what I'll be analyzing today: https://youtu.be/Hl__5WWzoC0
This video was a breeze to edit since it was all in one take. I'm not sure about using just one take going forward—I'll have to experiment. I'll have to weigh the time-consuming task of editing against the time-consuming task of preparing my content well enough to get it all done in one take. We'll see...
This week's challenge is to film just one take, no edits and no rehearsal, ranting about a pet peeve.
This is how my "rant" went. For those of you joining the challenge at home, please let me know about your experience below.
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Getting comfortable on camera takes time, and with something this intimidating it's easy to avoid if you don't have a plan to keep you accountable. So I've created a 14 video schedule, partly to give myself a sense of security, and partly so you can follow along with me, doing the challenges yourself at home.
Hopefully by now you've done your "get on the horse" video. If you haven't: DO IT! I don't care how bad it is, I don't care if you don't know how to light yourself or what to talk about. Turn on that camera and talk to it for at least 3 minutes. This never needs to see the light of day, but it does need to be done. It's your first tiny step up the mountain.
Not an exciting title, I know. I'm pretty much having to tie myself to my desk to write this. The video blog project is getting more scary now that I've started, not less. I guess because it's not a habit yet. Once I've gotten into the groove it should get easier. I'll keep you posted on how my nerves progress.
The reality of how difficult it was trying to dissect the previous video while also embarking on a new challenge was too much, so I've decided to split the analysis and the video challenges apart. Which is good news for you because it means from here on out, there'll be a post every Friday for the foreseeable future.
Today I'll be analyzing the most recent video I posted: https://youtu.be/J5wlV5_nbPs
After actively avoiding creating a video blog for more than a year now, I had to admit to myself that I was terrified of this new medium and that I really know nothing about it. I’m good with video in general, I’m happy-ish with the training videos I’ve created (I can always do better, but they’re not awful), but video blogging is a whole other animal. And to be honest, I suck.
When I finally worked up the nerve to record my first video and looked at the footage afterwards I nearly gave up. I nearly deleted everything and pretended I never wanted to video blog in the first place! But I do want to. And I want to get better.
Danielle, Jessie and Melody discuss their experience at the Toastmasters Convention and analyze some of the speakers
Melody and Jessie were kind enough to help out at the Inspired Coaching booth at the Toastmasters International Convention last week. We got chatting about our experiences at the Alum Open Mic evening. . .
Jessie: I guess my favourite part of the convention was just meeting all these people when they were coming to the booth and what I got to learn about them, their background and what they were struggling with and their public speaking journey. I liked speaking to people, getting to know them, and it was good to see that they were very interested in what Inspired Coaching has to offer.
We had a really long in-depth chat, so we won't post the whole thing here. Please read the full article, watch the other videos and check out our photos.
In my line of work, I hear two things over and over again: “but I need to control my emotions, I can’t be all emotional!” and “But if I’m so passionate about this, why can’t I summon up any emotional expression on stage?” I usually hear these from the same person.
We have all these rules. I can't feel. I can't suppress. I can't fake it. Wait... I can't feel? Who said that? Oh right, society.
If you know me, you may have heard me rant about how emotional shaming is running rampant in the world today. We’re expected not to feel, or not to show it anyway, not to let anything affect us, but then as soon as we’re put on stage we’re expected to manufacture this deep meaningful and truthful emotional life from… well from all that stuff we’ve been told to suppress for decades. That’s easy and healthy. It’s just like a switch right? Or less like a switch and more like a tap where you can masterfully eke out just enough, without being bowled over by the torrent.
Nothing says luxury to me like having the time to read a book. I'm so grateful to have these two weeks off over the holidays to relax, rejuvenate and read.
The harder I work, the more I recognize the importance of relaxing and feeding my soul. It's taken me almost all year to figure out what that means to me (fun time always used to be time spent building my business or working on theatre projects, but now that's my full-time gig I've had to find something else to create variety) but I think I'm starting to get the hang of relaxing again after years of being on the go non-stop.
This morning I went to the first Transforming Speakers TED training that I have been able to attend in a while, having missed the last two due to previous commitments. It was inspiring to see how far each member of the group had come in their journey while I had been away. Today we shared our topic ideas, and gave each other feedback on how to refine our messages and build cohesive talk structures.
The meeting felt more like a mastermind session than a report on a homework assignment. Everyone got stuck in, asking probing questions and offering suggestions. The room was full of ideas sparking off of one another in little fizzles of inspiration. We're all still in the early stages yet, rough outlines only, but the hard part is over.