A Vulnerable Confession
So Here it is:
I made some really crappy videos when I first started.
I get comments all the time saying how bad they were:
Here are some of the comments:
“I’m sorry…you need to look at the camera. You are not engaging with your audience at all by reading your prompt/script above the camera. And again as mentioned in another video…PLEASE no music behind your speaking.”
“Whatever music you’ve chosen is just…not professional or nice. I see another comment and that you’ve replied. I only have this to offer: If you are selling yourself as a professional, you can have a little music in the intro, but definitely NONE when you are actually talking. They are a turn off, we want to hear your words, not the noise effects. And just especially not this type of music. It’s just bad. That’s not a comment on you…it’s a comment on the music. I’ve heard it in far too many UNRELATED videos. As soon as I hear it I close the video. I cannot be convinced to take anyone seriously with this noise. Again, that’s about the music itself. I still want to thank you for the time you took to share the video, and all others, with people who are needing help.”
Thank you for the feedback.
MY ACTUAL RESPONSE:
Whether I have music in the background has nothing to do with whether or not I am “professional”
The definition of “Professional”
(of a person) engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.
The fact that I have music that maybe someone didn’t like in my video doesn’t mean I can’t get results for someone.
It’s like if a homeless person on the street called you stupid.
Would you take them seriously?
Would you say “Oh god he’s right I AM STUPID” Or would you say:
“That guy is homeless he doesn’t know what he’s talking about”
Some more comments:
“Oh God. Hard to listen to and takes way to much time to get to the point…each point”
THIS is my favourite one:
“If you were someone who is organized and delegate you would not have had the two problems arise together.
I actually addressed this one in this NEW updated video HERE:
“Stop reading the text above the camera while making this movie.
It looks ugly and unprofessional to read the text above all the time.
“I really don’t like her videos her voice is not powerful nor interesting at all..it sounds boring for me”
MY RESPONSE TO ALL OF THESE COMMENTS IS…
Thank you for the feedback.
I MEAN IT.
All in All: Thank you people.
For caring enough to take the time to comment.
Those who make these comments, some are mean, some are constructive and some are nice!
One actually called me a bitch once, but I couldn’t find that one.
The thing that people don’t know is…. (Because how would they unless they tried…?)
Is that it’s not always super easy to make a video.
There’s a lot I need to share to give you the best information, and It’s hard to memorize it all.
A lot of set up that goes into it, a lot of things I have to be aware of when filming…
But regardless there was (and still is) room for improvement.
I’ve gotten a lot better.
The thing is that IF any of these people had tried to make a video for the first or second time (and there were a lot of videos I made and deleted) that I didn’t post.
They would see that it’s hard to do.
It’s harder to make a video, than to watch one and pick it apart & criticize it.
People do have good points a lot of the time and the feedback is valuable.
The people who have made videos, the people who are other successful Youtubers, the people putting themselves out there themselves.
They wouldn’t deliver feedback in that way.
Because they know better.
So what does this have to do with you, interviewing and getting better at it or at things in general….
The first time you go into an interview, if you haven’t practiced, you may stumble.
If your interview was video taped and put on youtube and people watched it….
They may make comments that weren’t that nice.
But once you do it a few more times, you get how to practice and prepare effectively, then you get WAY better and it becomes easier and more effortless.
It becomes a conversation with people who you are getting to know, you’re laughing, telling your stories and you’re engaging them.
I enjoy making videos now I look forward to it.
My first ones weren’t my finest work, and I get reminded of that all the time because I’m on youtube.
Some people will have great videos on their first try. (I’m super jealous of those people.)
That’s not me though. And that’s ok.
It’s a part of my journey and what makes me human.
(and before you say anything about this one – YES I know I didn’t include an example and I really wish I had!)
Ignore the really awkward facial expressions… that was coincidence.
So if you’ve ever been in a situation where you bombed an interview,
or you said something you wish you hadn’t said,
or you weren’t prepared and you blanked on a question.
First, be thankful that it’s not online so people can go back through it tell you how
“Unprofessional you are, or how slow you talk, or how boring you are”
Cause it doesn’t matter if it’s a good or a bad comment…
It still raises my engagement and ultimately helps my channel.
But take the experience as a gift to learn and grow with…
And you can go back next time and do it better.
Just like I’ve been doing with my videos.
And they do look way better than when I first started.
So the way you get better at interviewing is…
You keep going.
Thanks so much for being here on this journey with me!
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Top-ten examples of stories that have proven to be impressive interview answers
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-XO Natalie Fisher