Video is a Productivity Game Changer

So many things have changed in the last few months.

When it comes to working from home, one of the biggest changes is video  — video meetings, video conferences, video check-ins. 

All this video means you need to adjust your productivity habits. Being productive and efficient over video is different from working with people face-to-face. 

I’ve been working from home for the past few years, so I’ve been conducting all my meetings via video for a while. Plus, I train people on how to do it better. And using video can actually make your life more efficient!

Video has the potential to help you connect meaningfully with your coworkers, friends, and family.

Seeing someone’s face creates a bond that just can’t happen over text or email. Plus, it’s so much harder to capture your tone when your audience can’t see your face. 

Whether it’s at work or in your personal life, video is a fantastic tool that can help you be more efficient and save time.

MEETINGS

In-person meetings can often be really inefficient. You have to wait for people to arrive and get settled. And the actual presentations can drag on and on!

But over video, things can be a lot more efficient if you do it correctly.

It’s harder to keep people’s attention over video, so you have to get right to the point. If you’ve found yourself drifting off during Zoom meetings, you’ve experienced video call fatigue. 

Video meetings have to be more succinct. 

You need to be intentional about keeping people interested in what you’re saying. Staring right into the camera, eliminating filler words, and adjusting your makeup are all great ways to elevate your video game. 

I also have some tricks to help you sound more natural over video — you can check those out here.

WORK 

Live video meetings aren’t the only way to incorporate video into your life. Video can also help you get more productive in other areas of your work. 

Recording videos to convey ideas or do tutorials is very time efficient and helps you connect with people.  

I love using Loom to explain my ideas. You can also record your screen at the same time as you’re recording yourself. According to Loom, you talk six times faster than you type. Just think of how much time you’ll save using video!

I also like to use Vidyard when I’m working with clients or want to get a message across more easily. I can shoot a video that will convey how I’m feeling and what I really think. It’s much more efficient than writing one more email!  I was a guest speaker on their virtual summit talking about ways to be more productive using video. 

PERSONAL LIFE

Video can also make your life more efficient in other ways. Leaving people video messages is a fun and effective way to stay in contact with friends and family.

I like to use Marco Polo, which is an app that lets you record video messages.

You can send short, sweet messages that have a bigger impact on people than a text message or an email. It works great to say happy birthday from afar. 

I hope these tricks help you incorporate video in new ways. It’s a great way to get more productive that many people overlook — but it’s even more important now in the age of remote work and virtual connection. 

Ever Wanted To Give A TEDx Talk?

There isn’t an expert, an author, or entrepreneur I know who wouldn’t love to give a TEDx talk. Or to do more speaking in general.

The problem isn’t opportunity (events alone are more popular than ever–and there are tons of TEDx events happening all over the world, year round).

The problem certainly isn’t passion or desire. You’ve got that in spades.

The problem, for most people, is they aren’t sure what it takes to create or land a TED-worthy talk. And they aren’t sure what to do theirs on.

But I know someone who does know—and she’s going to be sharing it in her first-ever live event.

Terri Trespicio is a brand advisor, award-winning writer and top-rated speaker with two TEDx talks under her belt—one of which has 3.6 million views to date. I met Terri when she worked as a magazine editor and since then we’ve become good friends and business partners! We created Lights Camera Expert together, which helps experts get media attention. Read more

The Secret to Getting on TV

“How do I get on TV?” It’s probably the question I’ve been asked most often in my career.

If you’re new to this blog — shoutout to all my new followers in China, Japan and the Netherlands now that my book has been published there — I’m thrilled to welcome you.  The new readers may not realize that not only am I an author and productivity expert but I’m also a television news producer. That’s my “day job,” and I’ve been doing it for more than 15 years.

I put my producer hat on at the BlogHer16 conference in Los Angeles as a featured speaker this past week.  I was alongside my close friend and colleague Terri Trespicio.  We talked to bloggers in all categories: health, wellness, politics, food, money, etc., about how to take their message and pitch it to the media. We talked about how to become a go-to expert and what really stands out in the eyes of producers and editors.

That’s how Terri and I met after all. I booked her for a TV segment when she was a senior editor for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine. And years later when I started this blog – I pitched her a related idea it in the magazine. Fun, right?

Since Terri — as a former magazine editor, radio host and now a branding strategist and media coach — gets the same question about being on TV as I do — we’ve decided to team up.

We’re going to release a 4-week online course this September about how to get and keep media attention.

It’s called Lights Camera Expert! It’s designed for entrepreneurs, authors and experts of all kinds. We will be teaching you how to crack the media code, craft the perfect pitch and crush it on air — click here to join our list to be the first to hear all about it.

As a thank you we’ll send you our free ebook called, “5 Things You Should Never Say to a Producer.” We had a lot of fun putting it together.

We are so thrilled to teach something so near and dear to our hearts and help bloggers, authors, entrepreneurs and business owners boost their brand in the media.

I’d love to keep you posted on my newest endeavor Lights Camera Expert — check it out here and please tell anyone you think might be interested as well.  Appreciate your support!

Get Your Sh*t Together

screenshotMy good friend Terri Trespicio recently wrote a post for me full of relationship advice for the New Year. She invited me to be on her show “Solopreneur,” which is all about sharing success strategies when you work for yourself.  We talked all about lists and my book Listful Thinking in this episode titled “Get Your Sh*t Together”! In the video we ride the bus, we clear clutter, we drink tea….it’s a good time. As you can see from the picture, this guy was very interested to hear more about my productivity tips! If you’re just as interested do check it out!

It’s My Blog’s 3rd Birthday!

Happy BirthdayToday is my blog’s 3rd birthday, my “baby” is now a toddler! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and I have all of my awesome productive followers to thank for making this such a success and supporting me.

For today’s post I thought it would be fun to go back in time and see where it all began! I started the blog after my husband Jay and I found our first apartment in Manhattan. We had a checklist of all the things we wanted in that apartment. Now three years later — we purchased our first apartment in Manhattan (also with a checklist!)

I’ve learned a lot through writing this blog and it has been through the good, the bad, and the ugly! So here is a look back at some of favorite posts, along with a few mishaps. You grow from mistakes as long as you learn from the, right?

Oldies But Goodies

Is Productivity Making Me Rude?:  In my never ending quest to be more efficient, I realized that perhaps I’ve become more short and rude.  This post is one of my favorites because I think it really addresses the things we miss when trying to do it all.  Check it out. Read more