For day 7 you are going to create your first video. You will do this from the post you wrote in day 5. Video is currently the king when it comes to generating leads, so I highly recommend going through with this step.
Don’t worry too much; creating your first video might feel embarrassing or scary. It’s really not so bad, and is a lot simpler than you probably think!
All you need to do is go back to your article and read through it. Then you want to copy over the main points into a slideshow creator. I use Powerpoint, but there are free tools out there for doing this. OpenOffice is pretty good and is free to use.
So, for every one of your articles main points you will create a separate slide highlighting that point through bulletpoints. Those bulletpoints will be the content you send out.
Now, to actually record your first video you’re going to need some screen capture software.
If you remember in Day 1 I suggested a few for you, but I will add them in here too.
- Monosnap – Monosnap comes with a few special features, most importantly desktop screen and audio recording. To make use of the free cloud storage space they offer you’ll need to create a free account.
- TinyTake – TinyTake is another free screen capture program that will record both video and audio. You must create an account to download but the product is free.
- Apowersoft Free Screen Recorder – Again, a free screen capture program for taking videos from your desktop. Can also be set to include audio. Can be downloaded through CNet for free, with the option of paid extensions.
I am going to assume you already have a microphone set up.
If you’re using a laptop, this is easy, since most – if not all – laptops now come with microphones built in.
So, when you have the screen capture software downloaded and ready to go, it’s time to record your first video. Be sure to test out the sound in a 30 second clip before you go ahead and record the whole video.
While your first video will only be short, you really don’t want to have to record it all a second time if you can help it. If you do need to record it a couple of times, don’t be discouraged. This is your first video, after all. Once you have been through the process a few times, it will become a breeze and you’ll be wondering why you were so worried.
There is another option for your first video.
If you decide that a slide presentation isn’t right for you, or your business, you can simply use your webcam or smart phone to record a ‘selfie’ video. The idea is the same, you create a video to give out content that you have already shared in writing. Go over the main points and explain them a little.
Selfie videos are very becoming ‘the done thing’ now, with more and more businesses picking up on the idea. It’s a great, personal way of sharing your content.
Don’t forget, your first video doesn’t need to be a super-professional recording. So long as the sound is clear and you get your content across it will do well.
Don’t even think about it! Just do it! You’ll have finished before you know it.
If you’re using a laptop microphone you may need to get pretty close to the screen.
First Video Assignment:
All you need to do for today is go ahead and create your first video. Don’t worry, don’t overthink it and most importantly, have fun!
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