YouTube, I Think I Love You

by Martha Giffen

This is a post about YouTube.


It’s about online visibility.


It’s about overcoming fears and doing it anyway.

Yes, that’s it!

I finally made my first YouTube video.  You know, those videos will push your online visibility through the roof.

At least, that what I had heard.  I also knew it was probably true but I just kept putting it off.  You know why.  That self doubt.  That self consciousness.  That oh-my-gosh-my-accent-is-atrocious barrier.  Oh yeah, I had plenty of fears surrounding putting a video up.

The obstacles showed up at every single turn.

First, it was all of the above excuses.  Then, it was do I script it?  Do I just read my lines?  Do I do it off the cuff?  Blah, Blah, Blah.

Nothing but obstacles I was putting in my own way.

Well, here’s what I did to overcome the fear part and I hope my story will help you too.

I combined these three methods:

  • Say it out loud. I put it out there to the world that I was going to do it.  It wasn’tt exactly the whole world, but I’m getting to that part.
  • Have a deadline. I made my deadline a week out.  Last Tuesday night, I announced to a group of people that I would have it done by tonight.
  • Make yourself accountable. In my case, I used two groups.  Two is always better than one, right?  My regular mastermind group (who can always be counted on to gently kick my rear into action!) and Pat O’Bryan’s coaching call group (who can be counted on to question whether my “inner game” is the problem!)

Anyway, after putting those crutches, props, motivational tactics, or whatever you want to call them, into place, I still had to actually sit down and do it.

How I managed to make this part easy. . . .

I chose a short topic that I am oh so familiar with.  A subject that I am passionate about, know backward and forward, and love helping others master it.  Social networking.  Twitter, to be exact.

Because social media is my “thang” and I can talk all day long about Twitter, I made another decision.  No notes.  No scripts.  No reading.  Just me.  Talking about Twitter.

Note: I only recommend this if you are truly comfortable speaking about the topic.  If not, script it out and read away!

The point?

In the end, the only obstacles that ever stood in my way were the ones I put there myself.  In reality, they were just excuses.  Doing videos will jump start your online visibility like nothing else.  That’s the part I finally focused on and got it done.

My southern accent is pretty distinct in my first video, but in the end, the way I pronounced photo (foe-TOE) doesn’t really matter.  I made it to Youtube!!!!



p.s.  Here’s my debut. . .

 YouTube, I Think I Love You

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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