An Innovative Connection Tool for Torchbearers and Leaders of the New Era
Without experiencing it for myself, I would have never imagined the intimate and connective power today’s video conferencing can offer. The professional possibilities are exhilarating for those of us who enjoy being on the leading edge of our field, but who don’t want to become full-time “techies”.
Helping leaders, storytellers, and professionals discover innovative and elegant ways to understand one another has been the theme of my life work. We all communicate best when fostering authentic whole-person connection, by shifting into a state of open-heartedness, deep listening, and awakened awareness. When we are in this state of embodied presence, conscious connection contains a spark of Divine magic!
I have been one of those early-adopters in the field of organizational development since the 1980’s—focusing my gifts as a communications, leadership, and group dynamics consultant. My specialty has become working with groups and I’ve facilitated over 5,000 meetings—board meetings, interviews, workshops, conferences, trainings, and creative projects. There’s nothing that lights me up more than bringing people together to share their points of view, learn something new, create innovative solutions, or accomplish meaningful projects.
Over and over again I’ve witnessed the most effective communications are face-to-face and soul-to-soul, when true “presence” is experienced. In my mind that meant being in the same room–until I experienced the power of the new online video conferencing platforms.
Since 2005 I occasionally used Skype and recorded video messages for personal use, but until 2014, flexible, high-quality video conferencing between more than 2 locations was simply cumbersome, impractical, and unaffordable for most remote workers or small businesses. The few video conferences I did attend seemed stiff, awkward, and impersonal and the costs to produce them were often prohibitive.
Recently though it’s been curious to witness the remarkable ease and leaps forward for online “selfie” videos, and I wanted to find ways to bring groups together in real time and have their conversations recorded and reviewable on-demand.
What has become available in the last few years to everyone with a webcam and an internet connection is astonishing. Once one becomes confident with its use, the new technology virtually disappears and people’s communications become personable, relaxed, and real.
Let me give you a little background. I woke up on a cold Sunday in February 2014, inspired to start a weekly panel discussion group around the writings of one of my favorite spiritual authors. I honestly had no clue what it would take, but I hoped a half-dozen of us could delve deeply into the work together. After fast-tracking some help from a technology coach and lots of late-night internet research, I launched my first live-cast on Google HangOuts/YouTube within 6 days. I have to admit, the technology didn’t have intuitive user-interfacing and the broadcast was full of rookie mistakes, but it exceeded my wildest expectations. The video was instantly viewed by over 100 of my “closest” Facebook friends whom I had never met in person. A community I had only known via posts and chats suddenly came alive, and it continued to grow in viewership long after the live shows ended.
A few weeks after my broadcast series began I introduced video conferencing on Google to members of my coaching program, my mastermind group and several other authors, consultants, and coaches. We learned by doing and stretched the boundaries of what my technology coach thought was possible. Our online connections were engaging, lively, and user-friendly! Since those early days of Skype and Google, many other platforms have become available. Each has their own targeted best-use. Knowing which platform is best to use is both an art and a quickly evolving science!
Nevertheless, I’ve become such a fan of this new resource that it has changed the course of my business. I’ve discovered a myriad of uses and benefits for my community and new possibilities present themselves every day. I’m completely “lit up” about the remarkable ways virtual technology can help us intimately connect and effectively communicate with one another across continents or across town.
Here’s a quote from Lisa Engles who uses Google HangOuts and other video broadcasting tools in her business building coaching practice,
“Google HangOuts have been in the forefront of the evolution of social media… in fact, [the platform] is being coined “human media” because of its unique ability to bring two or more people face to face, in real time, no matter where they are in the world. The boundaries of true engagement are being erased through the new video technology.”
Rather than you having to spend late-night hours in research, trial-and-error skills development, and unsatisfying results, I’d like to offer you the benefits of what I’ve learned–customized to fit your needs. I’ve distilled the best tips & tricks available from expert leaders, adding in my own accumulated wisdom from facilitating conversations and collaborations for many years. I’ve designed a menu of options so you can personalize your best uses for video conferencing in your unique professional setting.
I also promise to be your long-term touchstone in the ocean of quickly advancing changes, simplifying and translating the technical so it can be infused with the creativity and transformative elements of your Great Work. I love working with fresh thinkers and trailblazers!
We will get you up and going as quickly as you want to be!
THE INSTRUCTOR: Done-For-You Package
Complete training on how to be an effective on-camera instructor and coach. We walk you through setting up your technology, lighting, sound, equipment, and backdrop, and will help you through your event so that you can focus on the delivery of your materials instead of the technology. This package is the complete production of your first interactive show. Step by step downloadable instructions and checklists come with each program so you can produce it on your own after the first show, but this package is designed with a long term partnership module in mind. If you are offering an instructional series, the 2nd, and subsequent sessions can be produced and facilitated too. It’s nice to have a friend in the “room” helping you keep your program on track, handle any technology glitches, help with post-production and it’s one of my favorite ways to support my clients.
THE INTERVIEWER: Recorded Interviews and Conversations
Together we produce your first Video Interview from start to finish, ready for postproduction editing and distribution. This includes the setup, graphics, host & panel training, and green room rehearsal for guests/co-hosts. If you have special guests we’ll get each new guest setup, enabled, and prepped to support and strengthen the brand of your show. Interviews can be livecasts or pre-recorded and both make outstanding marketing tools.
THE MESSENGER: 5 Done-For-You Events in a Series
Collaborating with creatives and conscious thought-leaders is my specialty. This bundle provides complete host training plus 5 facilitated events for public livecast and on-demand viewing (30-45 minute programs). Before and after each event we’ll have short greenroom strategy and aesthetics sessions to enhance your confidence and presence. It’s my job to make you shine and the technology “disappear” so you can focus on the delivery of your inspiring message.
THE TEAM FACILITATOR: A Video Panel or Group
Learn to connect up to 10 people (or end points) for a private (unlisted) real-time meeting or collaborative session. Recordings can be private or selectively shared as desired. This is the perfect training for creative teams, boards of directors, study groups, mastermind programs, or wisdom circles. The package includes training for one leader and enabling for all members of the group. And if you want to lead, but not produce the meeting, it would be my honor to offer my facilitation skills as a production partner option.
THE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Do-It-Yourself Host
This is the premium bundle. It’s everything you need to know to get started with your own behind-the-scenes setup and broadcast. We’ll help you produce your first show, enable an audience, walk you through basic post-production steps, and give you all the coaching you need to be up and running. Step by step downloadable instructions and checklists come with each program.
(All programs are customizable. Those named above are the most common bundles.)