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Producing a Compelling Life Coaching Video

2015. 02. 08.
Anna Jankovich
Anna Jankovich
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Life Coaching Budapest Video

“As a Life Coach from Budapest, you need to make a video of yourself for your website,” some of my mentors suggested.  Producing a compelling Life Coaching video is daunting.  “People like to connect and they need to see who you are and how you sound before thinking of hiring some Life Coaching from Budapest.”

I postponed the idea till my Life Coaching website was done and even my web designer said, “you know what would be good on your website, a video of you speaking.”  OK, got the message.

Being photographed for my website was already a hurdle, as I do not like having my picture taken at all, especially if the focus is only on me.  I did not want make-up, nor a hair stylist nor a special dress code. I wanted to be me, natural and authentic.  You like me how I am or you don’t, not very marketing like I know.

The thought of making a Life Coaching video, already gave me knots in my stomach and sweaty palms. I have never done this and speaking into a camera so close up appeals to me even less, let alone to know that I can be exposed to the whole world – I cherish privacy.  I found a young team who guided me through the steps, advised me on my delivery, my content and my timing and I bit the bullet, completely stepping out of my comfort zone.

For my 1:07 min video, we filmed for less than 3 hours.  As much as I knew my script, I had a hard time to focus, breathe, speak slowly, and simply remember my lines as I felt anxious and vulnerable.  The team was great and patient and finally it was done.  The final product came out well and although I may appear natural and give the impression I have done this before, it was a challenge! In fact, it was so challenging, that I decided to also add my Bloopers to my website, in a separate video, to show viewers that it was not easy, that no one is perfect and that we all make mistakes.

My 10 tips for first timers:

 

  1. Keep it to under 1:30 min
  2. Practice, practice, practice…video yourself from your phone, speak in front a mirror
  3. Wear what you are comfortable in and ask if you need to hide a microphone on you or not
  4. Speak slowly and breathe (which means your text needs to be short and to the point)
  5. Film in a room that you like, where you feel at ease, preferably natural light, no noises or echos
  6. Have your text nearby or ask someone to prompt you if needed
  7. Prepare yourself for repetition, interruptions, moments of frustrations
  8. Smile – smiles are attractive and releases stress on your face
  9. Laugh out loud and laugh at yourself – no one is perfect!
  10. Imagine the feeling already now when the video is done

Most importantly, have fun with it.  Here are my Bloopers and for a more serious video on my Life Coaching from Budapest, just go to my HOME page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being Authentic Through a Video

2014. 11. 15.
Anna Jankovich
Anna Jankovich
Coaching Transitions
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So after two months in the process, three retakes in different locations, two different crews, my video is finally done, what an achievement!  It is just over one minute and the idea is that viewers can see who I am, what I look like and how I sound.  Either you will like it and feel a connection towards me or you won’t.  In Coaching, a connection with a Life Coach is vital.

This video took under three hours to film and the amount of mistakes I made, took probably two hours (or it seemed like it!).  I forgot my lines, my words, my thoughts, I froze, I laughed, I was nervous and then I was simply tired.

Although the video came out well at the end, I decided to show my authentic self and add another 50 sec video about my Bloopers (mistakes I made). What you will see is the authentic me.

No one is perfect, we all try our best, we learn from our successes and failures, and we keep going.  Humour is a value of mine and now, I want to honour it fully. It is important to be able to laugh, but it is even more important to be able to laugh at yourself!

Do you enjoy laughing at yourself?

First the actual video….

….and now my Bloopers!