Tuesday video tips: Use a tripod!

I started a new Facebook group a few weeks back called Really Useful Web Video Tips. Here’s a bit more about it if you missed my last post (and if you’d like to join use we’d love to have you on board). Every weekday we have a theme where we share the videos we’ve made, what … Read more

Why it’s better to create than consume


(Prefer to listen to me read this post instead? Just play the video above).

This morning I was browsing the Smart Passive Income Facebook group and a group member mentioned that he’s just read Chris Guillebeau’s new book Born For This. He said he’d found it good, but the content was basically the same as books by many other authors, and had anyone else noticed this?

My take on this is that although demand for this kind of book is almost insatiable, the basic advice they can give you is limited. It usually boils down to something like…

1. Decide what you want to do with your life

2. Reduce your debts and simplify your life

3. Look at what product or service is in demand and meet that need

4. Set a goal and make a plan

5. Implement

That’s just the way it works. So each author is mostly putting his or her own spin on the same information. And there’s nothing wrong with that, because they are just practicing what they preach in step 3. But eventually many readers realise that even though they’ve heard it all before they are no further forward.

At that point the message you hear – loudly – from many personal development experts is ‘TAKE ACTION!’ This has its merits, but it can also take you down the road of being very busy but having little to show for it in terms of results. Because after spending a bit too long reading and accumulating knowledge it’s tempting to burst into action and do everything at once. What you’re missing then is direction. And without results, you’ll eventually burn out.

So what’s the answer?

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How to make (or buy!) a great tutorial video

make a tutorial videoIn this post I’ll give you some tips to think about if you want to make a tutorial video yourself, or what to look out for if you’re buying the rights to use someone else’s videos or you’ve hired someone to make videos for you.

It might help to give you a bit of background first, though. I was a face-to-face trainer – mainly a software trainer – for many years. Then, nine years ago I had a job where part of the team was in Mumbai. I went out to train them once, but obviously I couldn’t do that for every small software update so I started running webinars. Then some team members wanted a recording of the webinar and eventually it made sense to offer some training in video format, too. I loved the way people could access video training any time of night or day to suit themselves, so when I wanted to create my own courses for my own sites, video is what I did. Last year I launched four of my own courses at Udemy, too.

It was at Udemy that I learned a lot about making video courses. This was partly because their strict audio/video quality rules meant I had to up my game. But in watching some other people’s courses as a student, I learned about what worked well and what became tedious very quickly. And yes, I had done some of the tedious things in my own courses in the past, but I stopped immediately after that!

So here are my 6 tips on what to look for if you want to make a tutorial video:

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