How to gather topic ideas for your vlog

So I recently put the question out on my Instagram and Facebook page: what is a major challenge you have when it comes to creating your own videos? The over whelming response was "I don't know what topics to cover."  I can totally relate because I had the same challenge. Heck I still have that challenge some times, but I like it because it forces me to think and get creative.

The reality is hundreds of thousands of individuals and professionals are sharing at least one video a week online--so you can, too. In this week's video, I share four simple tips that'll help you gather topics for your vlog.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Why taking a break is important

This week's video is about taking a break--and I soooo did not want to share it. Why? Well, I was afraid you'd think of me as lazy or not a hard worker :-/. I admit, I'm a recovering perfectionist. It's crazy what we tell ourselves--like rest is bad and will make you seem weak, for example. *eye roll* 

The reality is running your own business is a lot of hard work. And sometimes you feel like no matter how much you get done there's always more to do. But rest is exactly what we need to come back focused, stronger and more efficient in our work.
In this week's video, I share my thoughts on taking a break from work, a couple things I do to unwind, and several books that have helped me work toward a better balance between work and rest. You'll also see I used a different setup for this video, which I really liked because it has a more intimate feel. Don't be afraid to try something new and different.

Check it out, let me know what you think and let me know what you do to rest.

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Three tips to start on-camera speaking right now

"I feel like I need to get more comfortable."
"I feel uncomfortable with hearing myself on video."
"I'm afraid of not sounding professional."

These are real life reasons I've received from entrepreneurs to explain why they have not started using video. I can totally relate to these excuses because I was there. I used to be very apprehensive about speaking on camera--and news flash, I was terrible when I first started! But I KNEW I had valuable information to share with entrepreneurs online. So...I started making videos.

Here's that truth: You have a valuable message for your audience, too. And while you may be using others forms of communication, the effectiveness of video can raise your results to another level.

So I want you to get started with on-camera speaking right now. To help you with that, this week's video shares three tips to get you started right away.

Check it out and let me know how you're on-camera speaking journey unfolds.

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How to best use natural lighting for your videos

I'm sure you don't pay too much mind to lighting on any given day, but when it comes to video, lighting is a crucial component to to creating quality videos.

Seriously, it can be the difference between you looking great and....well, not so great.

So does that mean you mean to get expensive lighting equipment to create your videos?

No. You don't.

I'm all about making polished videos.

But I don't believe you have to break the bank to do it. As a matter of fact, you can do quite a lot with natural lighting.

In this week's video I will illuminate your understanding of video. See what I did there. :-p

Smartphone vs Camera: Which should you use?

Cats or Dogs?
Mustard or Ketchup?
Star Wars or Star Trek?

Some binary options are easily chosen. Clearly the answers are dogs, ketchup and definitely Star Trek. :-p

But there are other choices that aren't as easy. Say, for the example, using your smartphone or a camera to record your own videos. They are both great options, so here are a couple differences between the two to help you decide and get going with your videos. Which do you prefer?

When recording this video I found there's a lot more information I can cover. So be on the look out for a second installment in the near future. :-)

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How to keep looking into the lens when on camera speaking

Imagine having a conversation with somebody in person and they are never making
eye contact with you. They're just looking slightly away from you the whole time

yet they're talking to you and trying to be engaged with you, that would be kind of
weird and awkward, right? Well, the same idea applies when you're speaking on
camera to your audience. You are looking somewhere away from the lens and you're trying to connect with them and all they say are your eyes somewhere else as opposed to looking into their eyes through the lens.

I find it very important especially if you're trying to
connect with your audience.

So, here are a couple of tips you can apply to make sure that you keep your gaze into that lens.

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How to use your hands when speaking on camera

Funny how a little tube with glass can make us feel so....awkward.

What is it about a camera lens that manages to snatch our personality? When I first started on-camera speaking I wasn't sure what to do with my hands. I just kept them by my side and man, oh man, did I look lifeless. So. Not. Me. It was the complete opposite of my communication style. And not only that, it kept me from freely expressing myself.

I know many people struggle with the same thing. So breath, it's totally normal.

Over time I did get better, and I learned a few things as I practiced. If you've ever wondered what to do with your hands when speaking on camera, this little video will help.

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How to get over anxiety and rock at on-camera speaking

The sweaty palms, racing heart beat, cotton-mouth, upset stomach. Yep, it's all part of that anxiety when we're about to do something that makes us nervous. We've all been there, right? Whether it's public speaking, a job interview, major exam, a date with that hot guy--there are things in life that just make us really nervous. We spend time worrying if we'll mess up or make fools of ourselves.

And have you ever had someone tell you to just "calm down" or 'relax" during one of these anxious moments?? Right, because it's easy to tell my heart to stop beating into the back of throat. Why didn't I think of that? *eye roll* 

All well-meaning people may be, that nervous energy is real and there is usually no calming down to neutralize it, but is it really "nervous" energy? What if I told you you can re-purpose that same energy into something positive? Watch this week's video to see how you have more power that energy that you think.

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How to use the rule of thirds in your videos

Hi there! So a big part of shooting videos (or photos for that matter) is composition. No, I don't mean those black and white notebooks from school--although I did love writing in them--wide ruled, of course because my handwriting has always been awful, which is why I'm so happy I get to type almost everything these days, including this vlog post. ;-p
When I say, composition, I mean how objects and the main subject (you) are placed within the frame. This may sound a little too artsy, but once understood it's an easy technique to apply and notice in other videos, films and works of art. A major part of composition is the Rule of Thirds, check out this video for an introduction to the rule of thirds.

Think this is something you can apply to your videos? Let me know in the comments below!

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