Overcoming Fear Of Video Creation: 7-Day Challenge Summary

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Sergio Felix Bring It On

Hey everyone,

Glad to have you here for this amazing summary post.

I’m going to try to be very brief with this insight because I already wrote a LOT about this experiment.

I don’t think you want to read the whole shenanigans I practically spew into my computer. So let’s cut the chase and jump in already! ;-)

Who is behind Marketing With Sergio?

  • My name’s Sergio Felix
  • I have been studying Internet Marketing for over a year now
  • I’ve never spoke on video before
  • Never used any type of video editing software
  • I was frustrated for not being able to speak on camera
  • And I did not make ONE. SINGLE. VIDEO… EVER in all this time!!

I followed many professionals advice but to no avail since my fear was simply bigger than my drive.

So not too long ago (a few weeks actually) I had this idea of doing something on my own that not only would force me to record myself on camera but to also leave me ashamed in case I actually failed.

If you want to know how it all started you can read more here:

http://marketingwithsergio.com/marketing/7-day-video-review-challenge/ 

Interesting Points

  • I got featured on Patrick Griffin’s Blog (Journalist & Internet Marketer from the UK)
  • I got featured on Justin Ledvina’s Blog (CEO at TimTech LLC)
  • The feedback and support received was amazing!
  • I made one sale on Amazon (thanks Mr. Justin Ledvina!)
  • The subscribing rate went up even though I’m only offering MWS blog updates
  • MWS stands for Marketing With Sergio (in case you still haven’t figured that one out on my e-mails)

Do Not Miss These Special Links

Patrick Griffin‘s article: Sergio Felix: “Seven Days To Overcome My Crippling Dread of Making Videos”

Justin Ledvina‘s Vlog: Inspired to vlog more often by who?

Review that made one sale from Amazon: [7-day VRC] Day 02: USB Blue Snowball Microphone Review

My Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/itsergiofelix

:: VIDEOS ::

First Video I Uploaded (not from the challenge)

I shot this video in front of a mirror because somehow it made me feel more secure,
I was aware of my weird hand movements at all times but I focused on doing that
rather focusing on my panic of being recording LOL

The Rubik Cube Video

I did this video as I felt everything prior this one was super bad and thought about doing
something I felt comfortable with, so that’s where this idea came from and I actually did
not feel uncomfortable at all (at least not that I can remember)

The Happy Video (Graduation Day!)

The closing video, I was happy as I was about to celebrate my birthday, had already
something planned for the night and it was my graduation day, I mean,
how would ANYONE get nervous from that?

Video Response From Justin Ledvina

Check out Justin Ledvina’s Blog here: http://justinledvina.com

Video Response From Patrick Griffin

Check out Patrick Griffin’s Blog here: http://www.patrickgriffinonline.com/blog/

Today’s Special Video Part 1 (3 days after graduation day)

Today’s Special Video Part 2

What I Learnt & Some Benefits

  • Creating videos are way faster than writing articles
  • Expressing an idea is a lot easier
  • People connect with you faster
  • I now can use ScreenFlow and Camtasia (although pretty amateur still)
  • I know I can possibly create squeeze pages, capture pages, video on sales pages
  • Video creation is actually FUN!
  • There’s a whole new world for me in YouTube as many people are saying “Hi” over there already
  • I’m 100% sure that I can (for the first time in my Internet Marketing career) create a membership training site for stuff that I completely dominate like guitar playing.
  • Really… do you need me to keep going? LOL

My Barriers

I know it is easier said than done but I also had so many challenges to overcome:

  • English is not my first language (I bet you didn’t know LMAO just kidding!)
  • I had the distractions of parrots, mosquitos, dogs, people yelling, router’s falling from tables, getting tongue tangled, etc, etc.
  • Did not have a strategy for this
  • Never took classes on public speaking or anything like that
  • I used to shake a LOT whenever I had to make presentations in school
  • And maaany more…

A Few Recommendations

  • Practice just a few lines first like saying your name and welcoming someone to your site, and pretend there’s a camera pointing at you
  • Talk at your imaginary camera even if your husband/wife thinks you went crazy with IM already and do that a few times a day
  • If you think you’re going to die when you actually push the record button, stop the recording and stay right there until if fades away, I found out that the fear fades with time. If it comes back when you try again, do the same thing, over and over, believe me IT WORKS (we actually get tired of being afraid!)
  • If you stop your video because you screwed one word, do NOT stop it, just keep going at it… (unless you faint of course) if you stop your videos for one messed word, believe me, you’re not going to get much done
  • If you actually manage to record something, do NOT watch it right away, upload it to YouTube instead and get off your computer (do NOT delete it!) come back later and share it to the world!
  • I’m a very perceptive person and I noticed ALL my errors, when I asked a few friends, they noticed all the HUGE mistakes by they missed a LOT of things I thought there were all over the place so don’t be a perfectionist, just get it DONE!
  • More to come, stay put!

My Final Closure

I don’t know exactly where I saw this phrase in a long sentence not too long ago (100% sure it was online though) but I got it completely TATTOED in my mind.

It said:

Make it OK to Fail.

Since then, I haven’t been able to get rid of it so I wrote it on my whiteboard.

As I know that I never finish anything that I start (because I’m too freaking perfectionist) whenever I felt I couldn’t do the damn recording thing, I looked at that upper right corner in my whiteboard, read that phrase and thought, well what the hell, if I fail, I FAIL!!!

If you combine that “Make it OK to Fail!” phrase, with “If you’re going to Fail, Fail NOW!

Then YOU, my fellow Internet Marketing friend, are going to be UNSTOPPABLE!!!

I really can’t do more for you right now or I’d have to be recording the video myself for you.

So go get in front of that camera and use it!

The record button will be your friend in no time!! ;-)

Thank You For All The Support!

A super big fat THANK YOU goes out to all the people that commented, encouraged me, sent me emails, bought from these reviews,  subscribed to the blog and offered me your never ending support.

I thank you all because I surely would have quit the challenge without your help and I don’t know what I would be doing right now, I was starting to think that maybe this Internet Marketing thing perhaps wasn’t for me.

I’d like to think I was clearly mistaken…

Sincerely,
Sergio

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22 Responses to Overcoming Fear Of Video Creation: 7-Day Challenge Summary

  1. Patrick Griffin
    Twitter:
    November 25, 2011 at 3:55 am #

    Hi Sergio,

    The transformation in you in such a short period of time is utterly astonishing and it really does make me feel confident that virtually anybody could master the very real fear of appearing live on video.

    It is funny that you said you used to shake a lot when you had to make presentations as school…so did I. In fact if I had to stand up and read a passage from a book (such as a gospel reading at Mass) my legs would be shaking so much that I had to grip the lectern for dear life.

    I remember that I thought I would faint on the spot before I had finished reading and quite often I actually hoped that I would actually faint because that would have been better than speaking in public.

    And in this recap video you say you experienced all those fears during this challenge.

    I had no doubt that you would overcome your fears but even I am surprised at how quickly you have gone from wanting to run away and hide to actually enjoying talking to the camera.

    Your utter honesty and your decision to explain your feelings so openly serves to make this entire series a great training tool for others.

    Finally I could not end this comment without saying a couple of words about the overall “look and feel” of this blog and of this post in particular.

    Quite simply this is the best looking single blog post I have ever seen anywhere on the internet.

    It looks good, the content is good and you are a very knowledgeable individual and also instantly likeable too.

    One last thing (you will be glad to hear) is an observation about when you get tongue-tied and forget your words during parts of the videos.

    I do unscripted videos like you and I do the same thing sometimes – totally forget the next word or get my words in the wrong order.

    Now do people notice this? Yes of course they do but I have found that they don’t really mind when things like this happen. Marketing is increasingly about real people and real people stumble over their words all the time.

    Astounding work from you Sergio, thank you so much for doing this in such an honest, open and transparent way.

    Patrick.
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    • Sergio Felix November 25, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      Hey Pat,

      First of all, thank you for being my number 1 loyal reader and second, wow, your comments are even more encouraging than my inner self, THANK YOU!

      I don’t know if my transformation was quick or not because I don’t have a reference to make a comparison with but if I knew in advance that it was going to take me just a week to overcome my fears, I’d have done it a LONG time ago!

      Really grateful that you loved how I ended up creating this blog post and about the “instantly likeable” part, I wouldn’t know!

      What I do know is that video triggers the feelings directly, so either people instantly like you or hate you.

      I hope it’s the first case for me! LOL

      Loved your remarks on getting in tongue tangled hell!

      In the first takes I was stopping the video every single time I messed up and then realized I was never going to be able to record anything if I tried to get it all “perfect”.

      I appreciate a lot the time you spend here Pat and leaving me all your amazing feedback and deep analysis of what I’m doing here.

      Helps me a lot to understand myself better.

      Take care and have a great weekend mate!

      PS. Good luck with your new hosting server account, all the best.
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  2. Stella | Internet Marketing Strategies November 26, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Hi Sergio:

    I really love your idea about journaling your journey towards overcoming the “fear of camera” for video blogging. This is utterly honest videos and will certainly encourage a lot of others fighting with this (including me) to get it done with.

    Thanks for doing this and I’ll look around to follow the rest of the videos.
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    • Sergio Felix November 26, 2011 at 9:48 am #

      Hey Stella,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving me such a great comment!

      The fear of video creation is much more common than what I thought and many will not accept they have this fear while others won’t even bother to talk about it.

      Hence why there is almost no comments on these latest posts but that’s ok!

      I respect anyone’s decision to remain there hoping that someday they’ll just wake up and be fearless about recording themselves on video (good luck with that!) lol

      If you ever decide to record a video please let me know ASAP! It would be an honor and my pleasure to see you on camera!

      Thanks again for stopping by and have an amazing weekend my friend! ;-)
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  3. Sam Burgess November 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Sergio, I loved the challenge and you can rest assured, if there was some fear, it was over come nicely. Bring on the videos! As a matter of fact Sergio, maybe we should do one together. Hey, we both have southern accents. You rock Sergio and keep attacking that fiip cam.
    Sam and Deb Burgess
    Mabank, Texas
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    • Patrick Griffin
      Twitter:
      November 27, 2011 at 11:44 am #

      HI Sam,
      I am sure I recently heard you say that you didn’t have an accent. ;)
      Anyway, accent or not, if you did do a video with Sergio it would be one I would be sure not to miss.
      Patrick.
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    • Sergio Felix November 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

      Hey Sam (and Deb),

      What a pleasant surprise my friend!!

      Thank you so much for following the challenge, I don’t know if I’m totally ‘cured’ now but I’m certainly not afraid of doing videos anymore, that’s gotta say something right?

      About my accent you’re 100% right!!

      I am from the northern part of Mexico and on this area we kind of talk “raunchy” style LOL in Spanish that’s the same as “norteño”.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Hope you have an amazing day guys and we should definitely arrange something sometime! ;-)
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  4. Adrienne
    Twitter:
    November 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Ah Sergio, you did a wonderful job my friend! It’s obvious that you’ve learned a great lesson from this and that’s to just do it anyway. What I’ve learned the most about facing my fears is that although it’s extremely uncomfortable, I’m not going to die. That’s right, the worse that can happen is that I stumble over my words. So what, it shows we are human and if we can do this so can everyone else.

    I think that’s great that both Justin and Patrick shared their own video due to your inspiration of stepping outside your comfort zone. I applaud you my friend.

    I hope we’ll see plenty more from you in the months to come. You’re a natural now! It’s probably already second nature to you. Aren’t you glad you took on this challenge? I know we all are.

    Have a wonderful week Sergio and I appreciate you taking us all along on this journey.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Sergio Felix November 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

      Hey Adrienne,

      Thank you so much for such an amazing and kind comment!

      It’s funny that now I’m more nervous to hit the “Publish” button than to record a video haha I’m a lost cause!

      I don’t think I just stumble over my words, sometimes I think I’m creating new words LOL but I can only get better at it, I hope.

      It is the encouraging words and actions from people like you, Justin, Patrick and everyone else that has been coming to the site to watch what I’m doing, that motivates me to keep going forward and setting myself even harder challenges each time.

      I am VERY glad I did this challenge and I think everyone who is struggling with this, could make their own little challenge and share it to the world!

      Scary? Yes. Effective? Oh… YES!!!

      Thank you for stopping by and your support, have an amazing start of week Adrienne! ;-)
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  5. Lisa wood November 29, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    Hi Sergio,

    I love doing “Vlogs” – video blogging – as its such a great easy way to connect with a lot of people at once, and you can also “Talk” with the People. On my main site I have a youtube channel set up, and heaps of visitors who love to connect with us. Its all about being true to yourself, being natural, and connecting with other like minded people!
    Overcoming the fear of video creation with a seven day challenge sounds like the perfect plan, and a great way to start. Once you have a few vlogs out there, before you know it you will be a natural!

    Cheers
    Lisa
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    • Sergio Felix November 29, 2011 at 6:32 am #

      Hey Lisa,

      My first videos were definitely not “fun to do” but as you said, after a few ones I actually started enjoying talking on camera.

      I think I still need more experience with this (I still mumble a lot and mess up words badly lol)

      I made my first interview in the middle of the challenge and I got nervous as hell, messed up a lot of times but didn’t care as I wanted everyone to see, that if I can do this, then anyone can!

      The 7-day challenge was well… challenging!! But it was KEY to overcome this fear of mine.

      Thanks for stopping by and your encouraging comment, wish you have an amazing day! ;-)
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  6. Dee Ann Rice December 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Sergio,

    Great post on getting started. It seems to be human nature to try to be so perfect that we never get anything produced.

    You had allot of really great ideas to just get moving.

    Video is really where it is at. I really like your idea of making a video and not looking at it right away. Everyone else does not see all of the little errors that we see.

    Great post.

    Dee Ann
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    • Sergio Felix December 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      Hey Dee Ann,

      Thank you very much for your first comment here!

      It was not easy to overcome this thing of creating videos but I have to say I’m so happy that I did it and with my results that I can only wonder what can stop me now.

      About getting all those mistakes in, I’m pretty sure that with time I’ll be making less (hopefully lol) but in the meanwhile I’m happy with what I’ve done so far.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a great comment, have a great night! ;-)

  7. Rod Gomes
    Twitter:
    June 28, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    This is pure gold Sergio!

    I found myself laughing out loud, because I feel exactly the same way as you described in some of these videos. Bookmarked it for reference.

    On a side note about the Flip cam, I’ve been wanting to get one for a long time. Yesterday I went to their site and read they’re discontinuing the flip product line :(

    Do you have any recommendations on budget HD cams? I already got a snowball mic, but I don’t think any of these cameras would work with it, since the output is USB only. Right?

    I’m thinking snowball + iSight cam for now. We’ll see, I’ll try to come up with my very first video (disaster) this weekend. LOL, I’ll let you know… if I don’t die of panic first. ;)

    Thanks again man!
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    • Sergio Félix June 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      Haha Rod, I’m pretty sure you’ll do a wonderful job my man, I mean c’mon, just look at my first videos!

      Yeah, the Flip was bought from Cisco and they decided to take it off the market… kind of stupid move if you ask me but ok and no, it would never work with a Snowball mic my man as those are USB only just as you said.

      Before I recommend anything, you have to be aware of two things here, recording indoors with your computers and recording outdoors or “on the road”.

      Recording in your office is the easiest way, since you can use iSight or any cheap HD USB cam (I have a Logitech that ROCKS) and your Snoball mic.

      Recording on the road it’s a bit trickier, since it involves two things as well, recording audio and video.

      Flipcams are great at recording video but the audio is not so amazing and you can’t use an external mic since there’s not ext. jack for that.

      I’ve already used a combination between Flipcam and lapel mic with an external recording and I think it wasn’t perfect but it was decent I guess, you can watch that on this post:

      http://marketingwithsergio.com/productivity/how-to-organize-yourself-like-pro-with-less-than-five-bucks/

      If you want to see a not so great (audio) recording completely outdoors, you can check out a video I made on the beach here:

      http://marketingwithsergio.com/howto/quick-tip-being-productive-creative/

      So finally the standard recommendation is the Kodaz Zi8. You can use SD cards for storage, ext. mic and it was the standard for internet marketers for a while.

      Not people have switched to more advanced and expensive cameras but I’m sticking to the cheap stuff. Not because I don’t want to invest on equipment but because I don’t want to be carrying a really heavy camera everywhere.

      I really can’t give you a recommendation since everybody either keeps using their Flipcams or the Kodak Zi8 (which got a bit expensive in my opinion).

      As it goes for me, I’ll stick with the Flip, the portable audio recorder and in times, I’m still trying out a Canon VIXIA HF S20 Full HD which it’s a bit bulky and I still haven’t been able to record something with the quality I’m after.

      Hope this helps my man but to get started, just go with what you have, iSight and Snowball and you should be fine, good luck! ;-)

      • Rod Gomes
        Twitter:
        June 30, 2012 at 9:09 am #

        Thanks Sergio!

        I looked up the Kodaz Zi8 and I have to agree, it went from $99 to $399. Crazy!

        I’ll have to take a look at the HD USB webcams out there, but for now I’ll focus on working with what I have.

        Thank you so much for all the help, once again!

        All the best,
        Rod
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        • Sergio Félix June 30, 2012 at 10:39 am #

          My pleasure Rod, again good luck with that video man I know you’ll do a better job than I did and thanks for stopping by my good friend! ;-)

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