While looking through my #Twitter notifications the other day I saw this mention from @cagdasonen. I started to type a reply, but then just awkwardly hit “like” instead, because I couldn’t quite put into words what I was feeling. It was a mix of elation, gratitude and a feeling of encouragement, as I was reassured my obsessive habit of recording everything I do is warranted lol. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The wonderful thing about the social media/content driven world we live in is you can make the independent things you do exponentially more valuable simply by recording them. If you are doing a lot of talks, speaking on panels or doing pitches of any kind, start recording yourself as a habit. It requires only slightly more planning and almost zero extra effort. My typical set up is a portable octopus tripod, a smart phone with a good camera, an inexpensive lav mic (made for use with smart phones), and a second phone/ipod for audio recording. This all fits in a small bag, takes less than 5mins to set up, and requires no additional people to manage it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Some ways your recordings can be useful👇🏼: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Learn which points/topics/concepts resonate well, and which don’t.
2. Critique your own performance and work to improve your skills, such as posture, stage presence, reducing fidgeting/pacing, speaking more slowly, looking at the audience (instead of at your slides or the floor), removing filler words like “um” from your vocabulary, and more.
3. Identify common questions points of confusion (if there was an audience Q&A portion).
4. Use as a training tool for your team - New hires and those that are going to begin giving talks.
5. Use as social media content/marketing materials. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💡This footage in particular was captured by the crew at the @fuckupnightsto event, so a big thanks to @marshadruker and her team for making these recordings available!