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The Art of Getting Things Wrong

I love to get feedback in everything I do and I do get a lot of feedback. People tell me when my spelling is off, my grammar is wrong, if my pictures are bad, when my layout breaks in their browser, or if for some bizarre reason they disagree with me!

Sometimes people are even kind enough to be polite and offer suggestions for how to fix things, rather than just tell me all the bad things I am and where I can shove my blog.

Fear of feedback is just one of many reasons why we can all aim for perfection to the point where we don’t get anything meaningful done. In fact the majority of people are kind and open to ideas, and are willing to overlook issues with presentation if the content resonates with them.

With this in mind I present to you my first video about how imperfection should not hold you back and in fact can be a good thing.

Well, I say first, in fact it was the culmination of much swearing and throwing things, hence the worried look on my dogs face.

As always, feedback in the comments is very welcome :)

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  1. Liked the video Chris. Wanted to see more of the dog – he/she is cute! I’ve been wanting to try video, but am such a perfectionist that have been holding back. Now, I’m getting my courage up! What camera did you use? I like how you edited it with music and the headlines. Good job!

  2. Liked the video Chris. Wanted to see more of the dog – he/she is cute! I’ve been wanting to try video, but am such a perfectionist that have been holding back. Now, I’m getting my courage up! What camera did you use? I like how you edited it with music and the headlines. Good job!

  3. Great job on your first video, Chris. You were funny and honest and that makes things more interesting. You are right, nobody’s perfect. What matters most is that you did something and tried your best – and your best was actually a success. Thanks for giving me some motivation and encouragement as I too, need to be more ‘comfortable’ in front of the camera. Good luck on your next videos (looking forward to them)!

  4. Great job on your first video, Chris. You were funny and honest and that makes things more interesting. You are right, nobody’s perfect. What matters most is that you did something and tried your best – and your best was actually a success. Thanks for giving me some motivation and encouragement as I too, need to be more ‘comfortable’ in front of the camera. Good luck on your next videos (looking forward to them)!

  5. Very good! Straight and to the point. This is a topic that we all need to be reminded of from time to time. It’s better to try and fail than not to try at all, because eventually, you will not fail!

  6. Very good! Straight and to the point. This is a topic that we all need to be reminded of from time to time. It’s better to try and fail than not to try at all, because eventually, you will not fail!

  7. uh oh.
    loved the video (and now am wondering if an accent might jazz mine up a bit. next monday facetime Im so going British ala Madonna)and am going to not let its being so polished spark me to now obsess about mine :)

    In an entirely serious vein Im thankful daily that Im not a perfectionist.
    I may swing too far the other way upon occasion into the ‘this is good enough and Im so excited to get it out there Im sharing it NOW!’ category but your vid reminded me that many days Im glad to be that way.

    to make a lot of mistakes and see, sometimes, that they end up my best endeavors.

  8. uh oh.
    loved the video (and now am wondering if an accent might jazz mine up a bit. next monday facetime Im so going British ala Madonna)and am going to not let its being so polished spark me to now obsess about mine :)

    In an entirely serious vein Im thankful daily that Im not a perfectionist.
    I may swing too far the other way upon occasion into the ‘this is good enough and Im so excited to get it out there Im sharing it NOW!’ category but your vid reminded me that many days Im glad to be that way.

    to make a lot of mistakes and see, sometimes, that they end up my best endeavors.

  9. Awesome that you’re showing the imperfections, when everyone else is trying to hard to show just how perfect they are… which isn’t true obviously.

  10. Awesome that you’re showing the imperfections, when everyone else is trying to hard to show just how perfect they are… which isn’t true obviously.

  11. Nice work, Chris. Of course, now the secret is out…you’re not superhuman after all. ;)

  12. Nice work, Chris. Of course, now the secret is out…you’re not superhuman after all. ;)

  13. Chris, I enjoyed the video and it felt ‘just like you’. Also made me think I should maybe try and overcome my video some day, if I could do it in a similar conversational style.

    The point about just getting on with it and not being afraid to get it wrong is also v well made.

    BTW seeing as you love feedback isn’t it time you used one of hte pictures you’ve now got – or a still from this? for the picture on your sidebar. Looks more like ‘you’ as you now are.

  14. Chris, I enjoyed the video and it felt ‘just like you’. Also made me think I should maybe try and overcome my video some day, if I could do it in a similar conversational style.

    The point about just getting on with it and not being afraid to get it wrong is also v well made.

    BTW seeing as you love feedback isn’t it time you used one of hte pictures you’ve now got – or a still from this? for the picture on your sidebar. Looks more like ‘you’ as you now are.

  15. Hi Chris,

    Nice job on the video. I enjoyed the opening music. Although I was expecting a basketball team to be announced or something. :-)

    So true. I’ve just gotten past this false thinking that everything has to be perfect. All that really does is cripple your productivity. I’m personally making much more progress by, as you mention, getting 70% complete, moving on and then making tweaks if necessary later on.

    The only feedback I’ll offer is maybe having a bit more structure to the next video.

    Like such:

    1. Introduction: Be sure to introduce yourself and offer a brief description for someone who may be viewing for the first time.

    2. When you start with the topic try the 4 T’s to structure how you roll out the info. This is a good way to solidify the message you’re trying to get across.

    What are the 4 T’s?
    Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em
    Tell ‘em
    Tell ‘em what you told ‘em
    Tell ‘em what to do next

    I’m currently writing an article about this. I’ll let you know when it’s done. ;-)

    3. Sign-off. Say who you are and thanks for watching.

    I’ll be adding video to my site sometime soon. So hopefully you can stop by and offer your opinion.

    Hope this was helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    Dave

  16. Hi Chris,

    Nice job on the video. I enjoyed the opening music. Although I was expecting a basketball team to be announced or something. :-)

    So true. I’ve just gotten past this false thinking that everything has to be perfect. All that really does is cripple your productivity. I’m personally making much more progress by, as you mention, getting 70% complete, moving on and then making tweaks if necessary later on.

    The only feedback I’ll offer is maybe having a bit more structure to the next video.

    Like such:

    1. Introduction: Be sure to introduce yourself and offer a brief description for someone who may be viewing for the first time.

    2. When you start with the topic try the 4 T’s to structure how you roll out the info. This is a good way to solidify the message you’re trying to get across.

    What are the 4 T’s?
    Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em
    Tell ‘em
    Tell ‘em what you told ‘em
    Tell ‘em what to do next

    I’m currently writing an article about this. I’ll let you know when it’s done. ;-)

    3. Sign-off. Say who you are and thanks for watching.

    I’ll be adding video to my site sometime soon. So hopefully you can stop by and offer your opinion.

    Hope this was helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    Dave

  17. Jeff Hurt says:

    Good points. Imperfection and failure are great learning tools. If we can only learn to fail forward, we’d be much better off.

    I too wanted to see more of the dog. Can the dog have a spin off video?

  18. Jeff Hurt says:

    Good points. Imperfection and failure are great learning tools. If we can only learn to fail forward, we’d be much better off.

    I too wanted to see more of the dog. Can the dog have a spin off video?

  19. Hey Chris,
    You want to see bad, just check out my Weekend Wrap-up vids. You did a great job for your first time. You even have captions AND a Dog! ;-)
    But you are right, keep trying and be honest and the readers will be there for you.

  20. Hey Chris,
    You want to see bad, just check out my Weekend Wrap-up vids. You did a great job for your first time. You even have captions AND a Dog! ;-)
    But you are right, keep trying and be honest and the readers will be there for you.

  21. Recovering Perfectionist says:

    The line about your dog’s face… it was THE PERFECT teaser to get me to come take a look at this video! The fact that you forgot the apostrophe in “dogs” in that sentence… not-so perfect, but not-so important, either.

    It’s ALL a choice — EVERYTHING — including whether you pay attention to other folks’ suggestions/criticisms/compliments.

    I enjoyed your video, Chris! ;-)

  22. Recovering Perfectionist says:

    The line about your dog’s face… it was THE PERFECT teaser to get me to come take a look at this video! The fact that you forgot the apostrophe in “dogs” in that sentence… not-so perfect, but not-so important, either.

    It’s ALL a choice — EVERYTHING — including whether you pay attention to other folks’ suggestions/criticisms/compliments.

    I enjoyed your video, Chris! ;-)

  23. The URL link in the email you sent me has a problem.
    http://www.chrisg.com/getting-things-wronggetting-things-wrong/

    It should be like this: http://www.chrisg.com/getting-things-wrong/getting-things-wrong/

    You are correct in your video that we are humans and some of us strive for perfection and that tends to get in the way.
    There is always something new to learn and always room to grow, that is what I like about blogging.

    My blog is about blogging tips and SEO that help increase web traffic and search engine rankings. Sometimes I hit the mark and sometimes I miss it by a long shot, but I keep pressing forward.

    I have been thinking of making videos, I dread to think of what my first one will be like. But, you never know until you try it.

  24. The URL link in the email you sent me has a problem.
    http://www.chrisg.com/getting-things-wronggetting-things-wrong/

    It should be like this: http://www.chrisg.com/getting-things-wrong/getting-things-wrong/

    You are correct in your video that we are humans and some of us strive for perfection and that tends to get in the way.
    There is always something new to learn and always room to grow, that is what I like about blogging.

    My blog is about blogging tips and SEO that help increase web traffic and search engine rankings. Sometimes I hit the mark and sometimes I miss it by a long shot, but I keep pressing forward.

    I have been thinking of making videos, I dread to think of what my first one will be like. But, you never know until you try it.

  25. Love the video, and even more…the message. Great advice. Thanks for that reminder :)

  26. Love the video, and even more…the message. Great advice. Thanks for that reminder :)

  27. Well said Chris!Looking forward to more :)

  28. Well said Chris!Looking forward to more :)

  29. I think it’s imperfections that make us unique. Sometimes. I myself? I try to be a perfectionist – my wife can attest to that. I fail miserably because I never get things done, never produce the end result and never attain anything close to what my intentions were. Why? Because at 70-80% I focus on the minute details and if 1-2 are off, I succumb to frustration, throw my hands up and quit. I end up with maybe a 20-30% production rate, rather than 80%+ production rate and still have imperfections that irritate me to no end.

    So thank-you for this perspective and for the video!

  30. I think it’s imperfections that make us unique. Sometimes. I myself? I try to be a perfectionist – my wife can attest to that. I fail miserably because I never get things done, never produce the end result and never attain anything close to what my intentions were. Why? Because at 70-80% I focus on the minute details and if 1-2 are off, I succumb to frustration, throw my hands up and quit. I end up with maybe a 20-30% production rate, rather than 80%+ production rate and still have imperfections that irritate me to no end.

    So thank-you for this perspective and for the video!

  31. This is great. Your content is always powerful and this did add extra punch! In fact it being your first one – and sharing it… totally made the point you were trying to get across.

    I have done a few videos – but then I wait such long time between doing another one that its a learning curve all over again.

    I do have one tip that I would like to share. I first heard this from John Kremmer of http://www.bookmarket.com/ and I tried it and it is really true.

    When you make a video of yourself – have someone in the room with you… holding the camera or just being an audience. You will totally liven up with a real person in the room. It will be fun.. yeah you might feel a little more pressured and awkward.. but it comes out more natural.

    I’ve tried it both ways.. and there is something about having a real human being in the room that makes it more alive.

    Here is one I did for my book. It was totally crazy and fun.. but it was so much better then when I tried to do it all by myself without a soul to witness my agony!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHP86s8UTO8

  32. This is great. Your content is always powerful and this did add extra punch! In fact it being your first one – and sharing it… totally made the point you were trying to get across.

    I have done a few videos – but then I wait such long time between doing another one that its a learning curve all over again.

    I do have one tip that I would like to share. I first heard this from John Kremmer of http://www.bookmarket.com/ and I tried it and it is really true.

    When you make a video of yourself – have someone in the room with you… holding the camera or just being an audience. You will totally liven up with a real person in the room. It will be fun.. yeah you might feel a little more pressured and awkward.. but it comes out more natural.

    I’ve tried it both ways.. and there is something about having a real human being in the room that makes it more alive.

    Here is one I did for my book. It was totally crazy and fun.. but it was so much better then when I tried to do it all by myself without a soul to witness my agony!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHP86s8UTO8

  33. I am brand new at this and really appreciate your attitude and style. It is very encouraging to a beginning mom who has been at home raising kids for 20 years and is just now finding something she thinks she could really enjoy and be good at. Your style is easy going and so motivating to others. I am reading and highlighting your Problogger book as we speak and am trying to just “dive right in” using your book as my guide. When I pulled up this site and watched this video I felt even more encouraged that you have an attitude that can laugh at mistakes. When you’ve been raising kids for so long you really need someone who doesn’t take things so seriously and who can laugh at messups! Thanks for what you do! Just know that I am reading your book and watching your videos and reading your blogs each day as I start to do something productive (to the rest of the world) for the 1st time in 20 years!!!

  34. I am brand new at this and really appreciate your attitude and style. It is very encouraging to a beginning mom who has been at home raising kids for 20 years and is just now finding something she thinks she could really enjoy and be good at. Your style is easy going and so motivating to others. I am reading and highlighting your Problogger book as we speak and am trying to just “dive right in” using your book as my guide. When I pulled up this site and watched this video I felt even more encouraged that you have an attitude that can laugh at mistakes. When you’ve been raising kids for so long you really need someone who doesn’t take things so seriously and who can laugh at messups! Thanks for what you do! Just know that I am reading your book and watching your videos and reading your blogs each day as I start to do something productive (to the rest of the world) for the 1st time in 20 years!!!

  35. BRAVO!

    I love to see anyone taking the video plunge! And trust me I know what it’s like to redo a video up to eleven times. I think I have enough bloopers by now to make my own blooper reel (problem is it would full of swearing).

    I like the alternating live action with text and music. Breaks up the monotony so prevalent in “talking head” videos.

    I encourage you to do more of this.

    And in the spirit of “nobody’s perfect” I would kindly suggest you speak up a little bit or get yourself an external mic. You’re a bit soft-spoken and I would love to be able to hear you a little more clearly.

    I hope you had enough fun doing it that you want to continue. I’m still surprised at the number of bloggers who aren’t doing video. Anyone who does video instantly stands out from the pack.

  36. BRAVO!

    I love to see anyone taking the video plunge! And trust me I know what it’s like to redo a video up to eleven times. I think I have enough bloopers by now to make my own blooper reel (problem is it would full of swearing).

    I like the alternating live action with text and music. Breaks up the monotony so prevalent in “talking head” videos.

    I encourage you to do more of this.

    And in the spirit of “nobody’s perfect” I would kindly suggest you speak up a little bit or get yourself an external mic. You’re a bit soft-spoken and I would love to be able to hear you a little more clearly.

    I hope you had enough fun doing it that you want to continue. I’m still surprised at the number of bloggers who aren’t doing video. Anyone who does video instantly stands out from the pack.

  37. Bravo, Chris! You’ve inspired me to get up the gumption to try my own videos. I’ve been avoiding the web cam for weeks.

    Hmmmm. Maybe I should be a little mad at you for pushing me towards doing something I fear. LOL. Nah, never mind.

    Thanks for the kick in the pants and the great example!

  38. Bravo, Chris! You’ve inspired me to get up the gumption to try my own videos. I’ve been avoiding the web cam for weeks.

    Hmmmm. Maybe I should be a little mad at you for pushing me towards doing something I fear. LOL. Nah, never mind.

    Thanks for the kick in the pants and the great example!

  39. Hey
    I just tried to make my first video too and went into a funk all weekend because I resembled Miss Piggy much more than…any red carpet celeb you’d like to name. So I’m dealing with my own imperfections and trying to reach some sort of working philosophy with it.
    Good job, tho, really liked it, and the dog!

  40. Hey
    I just tried to make my first video too and went into a funk all weekend because I resembled Miss Piggy much more than…any red carpet celeb you’d like to name. So I’m dealing with my own imperfections and trying to reach some sort of working philosophy with it.
    Good job, tho, really liked it, and the dog!

  41. Lintyler says:

    Boy do I know about that humanbean stuff – way too much of an occurrence in my universe. Thanks for be’an out there!

  42. Lintyler says:

    Boy do I know about that humanbean stuff – way too much of an occurrence in my universe. Thanks for be’an out there!

  43. It’s about time someone began talking about what everyone is thinking! I love the way you approach this and look forward to hearing more. Keep it up! I did send along in a twitter as well.
    @varaba

  44. It’s about time someone began talking about what everyone is thinking! I love the way you approach this and look forward to hearing more. Keep it up! I did send along in a twitter as well.
    @varaba

  45. Very good, Chris. Just the encouragement I needed to make cold calls tomorrow…oh so imperfectly. Thanks for sharing your well presented advice.

  46. Very good, Chris. Just the encouragement I needed to make cold calls tomorrow…oh so imperfectly. Thanks for sharing your well presented advice.

  47. Hey Chris

    It seems we are in sync. I just finished an article on the same topic. http://yourpath.com.au/?page_id=87

    I’ve been through a time where I virtually couldn’t move because I was so affraid of making mistakes. It sent my life into the pits. Now I see it is how we learn. Ultimately, there is no mistake, only learning.

  48. Hey Chris

    It seems we are in sync. I just finished an article on the same topic. http://yourpath.com.au/?page_id=87

    I’ve been through a time where I virtually couldn’t move because I was so affraid of making mistakes. It sent my life into the pits. Now I see it is how we learn. Ultimately, there is no mistake, only learning.

  49. This is my first impression of Chris, based on the Vid:
    You looked surprisingly friendly, and humble. Good to know. Maybe it’s just me, but are you a little camera shy (don’t worry, it adds up your score)? ^^

    I was drilling very hard last night after reading your reply in the course, a little disappointed at myself for unable to retrive a proper answer to my Q, but this vid brought an important message. Imperfections help, and it’s a good thing to learn from the mistakes.

    I love the groovy music that goes along with it, makes it cool & contemporary. One little thing, maybe you should put the dog somewhere in the middle or end of the clip, ‘Cause it really took so much attention away.. lol..

    Good job.

  50. This is my first impression of Chris, based on the Vid:
    You looked surprisingly friendly, and humble. Good to know. Maybe it’s just me, but are you a little camera shy (don’t worry, it adds up your score)? ^^

    I was drilling very hard last night after reading your reply in the course, a little disappointed at myself for unable to retrive a proper answer to my Q, but this vid brought an important message. Imperfections help, and it’s a good thing to learn from the mistakes.

    I love the groovy music that goes along with it, makes it cool & contemporary. One little thing, maybe you should put the dog somewhere in the middle or end of the clip, ‘Cause it really took so much attention away.. lol..

    Good job.

  51. As a computer courseware writer, I have made tons of mistakes myself, but it’s one of the best ways to learn and improve, especially when there is no one to tell you the right way of doing something. Maybe we are pioneers in what we are doing, and if so, we can only espect to make mistakes to know how not to do it the next time, and the next…

  52. As a computer courseware writer, I have made tons of mistakes myself, but it’s one of the best ways to learn and improve, especially when there is no one to tell you the right way of doing something. Maybe we are pioneers in what we are doing, and if so, we can only espect to make mistakes to know how not to do it the next time, and the next…

  53. Hi Chris, nice first (or second, depending on how you look at it) video.

    You make a great point about 70% being good enough to kick something off. Put it out there when it’s imperfect just to get the ball rolling and worry about tweaks later.

  54. Hi Chris, nice first (or second, depending on how you look at it) video.

    You make a great point about 70% being good enough to kick something off. Put it out there when it’s imperfect just to get the ball rolling and worry about tweaks later.

  55. Welcome to the imperfect video club Chris. I stalled doing video for exactly the reasons you described. But then I just did one. One take, quick edit, didn’t worry about the camera wobble or the odd slip of the tongue, and my readers loved it. So don’t hesitate and say things like “I plan to do some video on my site” Just do it!

  56. Welcome to the imperfect video club Chris. I stalled doing video for exactly the reasons you described. But then I just did one. One take, quick edit, didn’t worry about the camera wobble or the odd slip of the tongue, and my readers loved it. So don’t hesitate and say things like “I plan to do some video on my site” Just do it!

  57. I never wanted to call it out Chris, but you keep spelling color with a U.

    When will the Brits ever learn.

  58. I never wanted to call it out Chris, but you keep spelling color with a U.

    When will the Brits ever learn.

  59. I did one video for Erin Blaskie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r1CWkXMOLI and cringe when I see it. There was not enough lighting, no music, ugh! Great job for your first time! I’m impressed.

  60. I did one video for Erin Blaskie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r1CWkXMOLI and cringe when I see it. There was not enough lighting, no music, ugh! Great job for your first time! I’m impressed.

  61. Chris,

    Perfect timing!

    I’m working on developing a video tutorial for a content reseller. After sending him the first chapter yesterday, his feedback was “I really can’t use any of this…”

    I was heartbroken. We spoke on the phone and he gave me great feedback on how I was presenting content (too stream of conscious).

    I was still feeling a bit knocked down after I got off the phone – and then I received this blog post via email.

    Much better today – thanks!

    John

    P.S. Your haircut is a little crooked in this video. Try a bit more gel next time. ;-)

  62. Chris,

    Perfect timing!

    I’m working on developing a video tutorial for a content reseller. After sending him the first chapter yesterday, his feedback was “I really can’t use any of this…”

    I was heartbroken. We spoke on the phone and he gave me great feedback on how I was presenting content (too stream of conscious).

    I was still feeling a bit knocked down after I got off the phone – and then I received this blog post via email.

    Much better today – thanks!

    John

    P.S. Your haircut is a little crooked in this video. Try a bit more gel next time. ;-)

  63. Chris,

    I like the video and the point your are making. I really honestly believe that people bond with you when they do see your mistakes as that makes a real human connection.

    Very thoughtful and interesting post!

    Best regards,

    Jake

  64. Chris,

    I like the video and the point your are making. I really honestly believe that people bond with you when they do see your mistakes as that makes a real human connection.

    Very thoughtful and interesting post!

    Best regards,

    Jake

  65. I agree, I want more dog! I love the points you make here. So many things can go wrong and things will always break, if we obsess on that we will never get anything done. Thanks for reminding me of this!

  66. I agree, I want more dog! I love the points you make here. So many things can go wrong and things will always break, if we obsess on that we will never get anything done. Thanks for reminding me of this!

  67. Interesting stuff. I’ve been doing freelance web design for a while now, and have always been completely candid with the clients – and its working. They seem to appreciate being told that some things are *hard*.

  68. Interesting stuff. I’ve been doing freelance web design for a while now, and have always been completely candid with the clients – and its working. They seem to appreciate being told that some things are *hard*.

  69. I to like feedback that says my site breaks their browser since you can’t seem to view it in enough computers to know what it will look like on all monitors. So much of the time people will only tell everyone else what they think except for you. Writing at least for me was difficult at first because of this, people only tell other people what they think. I hate it when I find a mistake that has been there a long time and no one has told me, and you know it has been read hundreds of times.

  70. I to like feedback that says my site breaks their browser since you can’t seem to view it in enough computers to know what it will look like on all monitors. So much of the time people will only tell everyone else what they think except for you. Writing at least for me was difficult at first because of this, people only tell other people what they think. I hate it when I find a mistake that has been there a long time and no one has told me, and you know it has been read hundreds of times.

  71. Hey Chris are you riding a motorbike these days? Or is that some kind of Star Wars Jedi helmet thing on your bookshelf? It looks a bit small for your head. Not that you’ve got a big head or anything. Oh God, I’ll shut up now to avoid digging a hole ;)

    Great to see you entering the world of video! I bet if you do the next one with your dog on your lap, your backlinks and RTs will go through the roof.

  72. Hey Chris are you riding a motorbike these days? Or is that some kind of Star Wars Jedi helmet thing on your bookshelf? It looks a bit small for your head. Not that you’ve got a big head or anything. Oh God, I’ll shut up now to avoid digging a hole ;)

    Great to see you entering the world of video! I bet if you do the next one with your dog on your lap, your backlinks and RTs will go through the roof.

  73. Looked forward to seeing your video here, especially since I’ve been highlighting my own foibles. But, unfortunately, the link to your video is currently broken.

  74. Looked forward to seeing your video here, especially since I’ve been highlighting my own foibles. But, unfortunately, the link to your video is currently broken.

  75. I love the video. It brings across the message in under 2 minutes, so it’s generally short enough for viewers’ attention span. Being a bit of a perfectionist myself, I found it very inspiring and shall watch the video again when I get lost in detail. Thanks!

  76. I love the video. It brings across the message in under 2 minutes, so it’s generally short enough for viewers’ attention span. Being a bit of a perfectionist myself, I found it very inspiring and shall watch the video again when I get lost in detail. Thanks!

  77. Hi Chris, Congrats
    The first time is always a bit of a flunk, I think everybody needs to remember that we are all susceptible to nerves. For me video is a bridge to far, maybe later on down the road once i get my plastic surgery paid for. NOT!

  78. Hi Chris, Congrats
    The first time is always a bit of a flunk, I think everybody needs to remember that we are all susceptible to nerves. For me video is a bridge to far, maybe later on down the road once i get my plastic surgery paid for. NOT!

  79. Hi Chris:

    Really nice job. Believe it or not, it actually brought tears to my eyes.

    My biggest beef is with people who lead with criticism and attitude. After a line like “why did you do THAT?” anything nice they may say is in the category of “you don’t sweat much for a fat chick.”

    I especially like the people who’ve never tried (or succeeded in doing what you do (posting a video, writing a book, maintaining a high profile blog) yet they somehow feel they have insight into how YOU should do it.

    I’d rather offer 110% of what I know, even if it’s not perfect, than troubling over perfection and offering nothing at all.

    I’m not saying I don’t want feedback. I do. But put it in the p.s. so it’s not the focus of the comment. If it’s a particularly embarrassing mistake, like spelling the word “genius” wrong, send a private email.

    People also ought to recognize the difference between opinion and fact. Those with the imperious attitude that their way is the only way are particularly annoying. Some would say, just ignore them, but that’s easier said then done. It’s funny how one negative comment can offset dozens of complements.

    Thanks for sharing your humanity Chris.

  80. Hi Chris:

    Really nice job. Believe it or not, it actually brought tears to my eyes.

    My biggest beef is with people who lead with criticism and attitude. After a line like “why did you do THAT?” anything nice they may say is in the category of “you don’t sweat much for a fat chick.”

    I especially like the people who’ve never tried (or succeeded in doing what you do (posting a video, writing a book, maintaining a high profile blog) yet they somehow feel they have insight into how YOU should do it.

    I’d rather offer 110% of what I know, even if it’s not perfect, than troubling over perfection and offering nothing at all.

    I’m not saying I don’t want feedback. I do. But put it in the p.s. so it’s not the focus of the comment. If it’s a particularly embarrassing mistake, like spelling the word “genius” wrong, send a private email.

    People also ought to recognize the difference between opinion and fact. Those with the imperious attitude that their way is the only way are particularly annoying. Some would say, just ignore them, but that’s easier said then done. It’s funny how one negative comment can offset dozens of complements.

    Thanks for sharing your humanity Chris.

  81. Perfectly imperfect, Chris… and exactly what I needed to hear today… after 20 takes of my own video!!!

    THANK YOU!

  82. Perfectly imperfect, Chris… and exactly what I needed to hear today… after 20 takes of my own video!!!

    THANK YOU!

  83. just what i needed to hear!!! 2B o.k. with “errors”. 2B “true self”. love the part where you bring home how errors actually make us more approachable. so true. being polished is overrated. and that’s a good thing now that ria is behind the camera and i am in front of it. hehehe. we are having fun though and hopefully inspiring along the way…you inspired me today. thanks!!!

  84. just what i needed to hear!!! 2B o.k. with “errors”. 2B “true self”. love the part where you bring home how errors actually make us more approachable. so true. being polished is overrated. and that’s a good thing now that ria is behind the camera and i am in front of it. hehehe. we are having fun though and hopefully inspiring along the way…you inspired me today. thanks!!!

  85. Made me burst out of laughter when you said you had the microphone off the first time.

  86. Made me burst out of laughter when you said you had the microphone off the first time.

  87. Good advice not just for blogging and new media, but for LIFE! My brother once shared a saying with me that I thought was great and has stuck with me: “Strive for excellence, not perfection.”

    Sharon

  88. Good advice not just for blogging and new media, but for LIFE! My brother once shared a saying with me that I thought was great and has stuck with me: “Strive for excellence, not perfection.”

    Sharon

  89. Hello! The video was cool! I like what your post said too. I am reminded of something my dad always told me. He’d say “If you’re not making mistakes then you’re not doing anything”. I love that statement. Not to say that you should be making tons of mistakes but if you are consistently doing something, taking action or working hard then you will make a mistake now and again. We should never allow fear of failure to stop us! :-)

  90. Hello! The video was cool! I like what your post said too. I am reminded of something my dad always told me. He’d say “If you’re not making mistakes then you’re not doing anything”. I love that statement. Not to say that you should be making tons of mistakes but if you are consistently doing something, taking action or working hard then you will make a mistake now and again. We should never allow fear of failure to stop us! :-)

  91. This is so true. I’ll keep this in mind. I’m starting a video series of my own and think that mistakes will only allow my personality to show through. :) I think good feedback is helpful for improvement and learning.

  92. This is so true. I’ll keep this in mind. I’m starting a video series of my own and think that mistakes will only allow my personality to show through. :) I think good feedback is helpful for improvement and learning.

  93. Hey Chris-

    My favorite part of the video wasn’t the content- although it’s dead on and I love that you brought it in.

    My favorite part was the juxtaposition of the high-power music, with calm, tranquil, understated you. I loved the mashup.

    And let me just give you some argh!empathy for the lost time on the video. Argh!

  94. Hey Chris-

    My favorite part of the video wasn’t the content- although it’s dead on and I love that you brought it in.

    My favorite part was the juxtaposition of the high-power music, with calm, tranquil, understated you. I loved the mashup.

    And let me just give you some argh!empathy for the lost time on the video. Argh!

  95. Thanks for the reminder Chris.

    I just started using audio on my blog…the first entry took me about 20 attempts before I felt somewhat satisfied with it. The second one was much easier and I took your advice…didn’t worry about making it perfect. Instead, I focused on getting the info out to my readers. While it may not sound perfect, it does sound “real.”

    Next project…video!

  96. Thanks for the reminder Chris.

    I just started using audio on my blog…the first entry took me about 20 attempts before I felt somewhat satisfied with it. The second one was much easier and I took your advice…didn’t worry about making it perfect. Instead, I focused on getting the info out to my readers. While it may not sound perfect, it does sound “real.”

    Next project…video!