Creating Videos Just Got Easier!

Creating Videos Just Got Easier!

 

 

One for the bloggers! For those of you that regularly show up in writing and not so much in the visual world.  Lumen 5 is a great resource that lets you re-purpose your words. This wonderful (free) software takes your blog post or article (via it’s URL) and turns it into a lovely little video.  A video full of  your blogs core concepts and messages, ready to share on any of the social platforms you are on.

It’s an easy resource to use (drag and drop), easy to learn (yay) and the effects are great. If you know that you’ve written something that’s really good, turn it into a video and see the difference in the attention it gets.

How to use it:

Lumen 5 works by pulling the full blog text into manageable sentences on the left side of your screen inside the software. You pull each sentence onto an image. You can modify or use these sentences directly as individual ‘slides’. These form the basis of your video. Add your own photos in the backgrounds or use the library available.  Modify the fonts and colours of text to fit your brand.  Add music (choose from their selection). You can even add your own intro and outro snippets. The result? Your words turn into a visual story to capture more attention.

In a weird way, Lumen 5 actually helped us hone our writing style too! You learn to write shorter, punchier sentences. And to create a video from one of your articles can take as little as 5-10 minutes. The results are fabulous and your concepts are now ready to be presented to a whole new audience! I love this resource that makes my life easier and my world prettier.

 

Right Now, Later, or not at all?

Right Now, Later, or not at all?

Living life is a juggling act. The day has always got so much ‘stuff’ that needs doing… So many things on a to do list… People vying for your attention… Countless little jobs that are left unfinished from the day or month or year (!) before.  That’s when having a system for prioritizing can help tremendously.

If you are anything like me, you’ve probably already been introduced to inbox, time, people and energy management as examples of just some things that can be used to tame the things we ‘have to do’.

And that’s where I’d like to come in. After a severe bout of overwhelm for one of my clients, we sat back and looked at what would most help her.  Throwing the latest model and explaining how something worked would only add to the confusion and frustration. I needed something simple. Something that we could use in the moment to clear her mind and help her take some kind of action. Because when we take action, we feel good. We feel we are taming the beast that has us. We can celebrate a job well done (or the very least a job done!).

3 Filters to Use for Prioritizing

What we came up with, which I’ve been using since, was this filtering system for prioritizing tasks:

  • Right Now Jobs
  • Later Jobs
  • Not At All Jobs

We looked at everything on the to do list and simply put them into these three categories – right now, later, and not at all.  We were doing this with the list of post-it’s and scraps of paper, leaving us with three neat piles. It left us with some form of order – and we humans love a little order – and her with a sense of being able to tackle the first pile of Right Now’s.

The GREAT thing about this is that you get to determine what ‘Right Now’ and ‘Later’ actually mean.  On the day of the ‘great sort’ as we dubbed it, Right Now meant by the end of the week. Later meant next week or two. Not at all jobs went in the bin (with the logic that if they came back, they would be reshuffled in), but most of them as we went through them were idealistic, wishful thinking that she’d never actually get round to that actually added to the frustration and sense of incompetence.

14 actions later (some small, some big) and her week was ‘managed’ by a system that still to this day suits her and means she gets more done that she feels happy with.   Some days, Right Now means in the next hour. Sometimes it means by the end of the day.  You get to decide. That is part of the magic of this. Go on, give it a go. All you need to do is decide – what does Right Now, Later and Not At All actually mean to you and you can start prioritizing.

(For those of you that are freaking out, NAA means put it in the Some Day, Maybe file).

Helena Holrick

Coach, Trainer, Author and Personal Development Guide Helena has worked in private and public organisations, training 1000s of people to become their best selves in some way or other. For a number of years, she opened Restaurants for TGI Friday’s. Giving that up for the world of video conferencing and then joining London Fire Brigade, she eventually started her own company where she now gets to personally and professionally guide speakers, authors, tree-shakers, and change-makers to grow their visions and their businesses beyond anything they imagined. With a solid love of learning, teaching, and writing, she now spends her time running workshops and holding space for people to progress at their pace, encouraging them to get brave and get going with a blend of love and kicking butt.

You can also find me here

Patience or Push?

Patience or Push?

They say that Patience is a virtue.

I’ve found whilst this is true, there’s a time and place to Push too.  Patience or Push is a choice.  Patience allows us to see what unfolds. It allows us the space to evaluate a next action, let’s us get our bearings. Push allows us to move into action and sees what results a next action gets us, from which we can then evaluate.

Push and Patience are two sides of the same coin.

Sometimes we employ Patience in the hope of getting a different result – waiting to hear, see or feel a different thing to what is currently happening. That’s not real Patience, that’s wishful thinking. And when Push is actually a better option.  Sometimes we employ Push in the hope of making something happen that is not yet ready to happen. That’s not real Push, that’s forcing things to be the way you want them to be. And usually that’s a time when using Patience is a better option.

Patience and Push are attitudes. They allow us to gather information in very different ways.

Patience helps us through stopping for long enough to make sure we are taking the right next step for us.  Patience gives us the space to see what MIGHT happen, gives us the time to THINK THROUGH what all the options are and then to choose.  Push helps us to get past our procrastinating selves and into action. Which gives us the evidence for what DOES happen, and gives us the RESULT that taking one option creates.  BOTH have their merits.

Some of us employ more Patience than PUSH…and may be considered procrastinators as a result. And if you’ve ever been called a fool hardy,  risk taking crazy person, the chances are that you are more prone to PUSH. Both get results. Both are useful. The trick is to understand when to use one or the other so YOU can progress in whatever you are doing.

 

 

Helena Holrick

Coach, Trainer, Author and Personal Development Guide Helena has worked in private and public organisations, training 1000s of people to become their best selves in some way or other. For a number of years, she opened Restaurants for TGI Friday’s. Giving that up for the world of video conferencing and then joining London Fire Brigade, she eventually started her own company where she now gets to personally and professionally guide speakers, authors, tree-shakers, and change-makers to grow their visions and their businesses beyond anything they imagined. With a solid love of learning, teaching, and writing, she now spends her time running workshops and holding space for people to progress at their pace, encouraging them to get brave and get going with a blend of love and kicking butt.

You can also find me here

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