There are so many incredible mysteries that we see in the Bible. History has shown the validity of some of the most amazing prophecies in the Bible. It makes it unnecessary to find anything outside of what the Bible teaches in order to get amazed, but from time to time things pop up that still blow our minds.
Do you see the darkness in the background? That’s a presentation being done without the accompanying Powerpoint. Sixteen minutes into an hour-long presentation, the power on my computer ran out.
I had forgotten my power source at home so an hour before my presentation, I was in Staples buying a new one. It was supposedly compatible and seemed to fit the computer, so I ran with it. We were in a rush and as I prepared to start I didn’t check to make sure it was charging.
It was the best thing that could have happened. The remainder of the presentation after the initial awkwardness of standing in front of an empty theater screen was better than it would have been had the presentation not failed. The reason is simple. I was forced to go back to what I knew without assistance of a visual – analyzing individual business situations. Rather than go through the tips and tricks that business owners could use for their social media, I interacted with the audience to find out their specific needs. The point, I believe, was made in a better way than had the presentation gone without a hitch.
Any business can use social media. Any.
Here’s the video. Be sure to give it a thumbs up, if only for the sheer fact that I had to go through 45 minutes without my presentation.
One of the bad parts about being in social media professionally is that I often have to travel to conferences. For this reason, I missed the best novice explanation of Reddit that I’ve ever seen. It’s actually quite brilliant.
The front page of the internet has its strengths and its weaknesses. This video gives a relatively unbiased view, pointing to both sides. With astonishing numbers behind the site and a community that is arguably the most interactive of any community on the web, this video might be enough to make you stare into the abyss to see what stares back at you.
As the narrator describes it at the end, “You’ll wonder how you ever interneted without it.”
I’ve been on Reddit for several years now and I couldn’t imagine where I would be if I hadn’t used it until now.
It’s not for everyone. Some people just don’t like to hear their voices played on audio or video. I know. I used to be one of them.
If you can get over that fear and if you want to get your YouTube channel some watches while helping to get your content seen and heard, it’s a quick and easy way to kill a couple of birds with a single stone. The concept is pretty simple. Write a blog post, then read it off while recording a video. Attach the video to the story and now you have an easy way for people to either read your blog post or watch it.
Perhaps more importantly, it takes the art of writing and allows you to get creative in the fastest growing medium. Remember, everything is going mobile. While it can be annoying trying to read a blog post on a smartphone, listening to it on YouTube is often much easier. If you get good at recording the audio from the posts and applying it to either a visual of yourself reading it, a slideshow, a scrolling transcript, or other images that are pertinent to the video itself, you can make for an alternative experience for your content.
Some people are readers. Others are listening. There’s even a few people that like to do both. I tend to listen to a video or podcast playing in the background while reading something else. Here’s an example:
It’s been 5 years since Pantene put out a magical commercial that transcended what most imagine a commercial should be. To this day, I still watch it from time to time just to get some inspiration. Yes, it’s a touching storyline, but more importantly from a marketing and advertising perspective the way that they set up the “money moment” at the end when you see the glowing air flowing in artificial wind was pure brilliance.
I’ve learned that coincidences don’t really happen. There’s always a reason. As I worked on my story today regarding content, I stopped to check Facebook and found exactly what I needed, courtesy of Jeff Glackin.