Things to Avoid When Video Conferencing from Home (Part II)


Video Gaffes

You may feel this doesn’t have to be said, but if you are in a roomful of folks, and you are part of a video conference with other far-flung rooms of folks. You are in front of your group. This is not the time to be filing your nails. Remember where you are. You are in a work meeting. Have some respect for your company and your colleagues.

Somewhere on every piece of video conferencing equipment, you can mute your audio so that you cannot be heard. You should be very familiar with the location of this button and be able to click it on with a quickness. 

Family Issues

Of course, hearing a wailing baby in a conference call is an issue. That’s apparent. But what about the cursing spouse audible in the background or the naked little one streaking by you during a video conference. If you’re trying to display professionalism while you work at home, these will emasculate you in a huge way. Be sure your family knows and abides by your work-at-home rules.

As much as you love your pets, it’s probably best to leave them away from the camera when video conferencing.

Pet Issues

Who doesn’t love their doggie or kitty? The folks with whom you’re having a video conference who have to listen to your dog barking or your cat meowing. 

Unless there’s a small group in the meeting and you feel you have obtained a high level of trust and confidence with these folks, it’s not a great idea to put your pet on your lap during your video meeting.

A home office must have a door so that you can shut out pets, children and other distractions during phone meetings and video meetings. Also, this is useful if your meeting coincides with the dog’s happiest times of the day: when someone rings your doorbell. 

Tips on Creating a Video Resume (Part II)


Also bear in mind that as with anything on the web, once your video file is out there, you cannot regulate how it’s shared.

Done poorly, it can, at best, stop your chances of getting an interview. At worst, it can embarrass you and take you out of contention. There’s a story about that happening to one student who sent a video resume with him serving tennis balls, lifting weights, and ballroom dancing. It made the rounds on the web and it did not move any prospective employers.

Some hiring managers will not even look at video resumes since they fear discrimination claims in the hiring process. So, while a video resume could be a good way to get noticed, consider carefully before making one be sure a video resume is a correct fit for you and solid use of your time.

Dress professionally.

Tips for Creating a Video Resume

If you’re thinking about creating a video resume as part of your job search, keep these suggestions in mind:

Be professional: Dress as if you are going to an interview and have a professional demeanor. Avoid cursing and slang. Be attentive to your background and make sure it looks neat. Additionally, be sure there are no disrupting noises in the background.

Prepare a script: Don’t totally ad-lib your video. You want to appear natural. You should have an idea of what you would like to say and how you want to phrase it. Do not read right from a script or from your resume. This leads to a boring video. The main points to convey in your video are what you’ll offer the company, your major skills, goals, and accomplishments. Think of the video as being a pitch for why the company should employ you.

Vlogging Ideas You Should Try (Part IV)



We all listen to music, watch TV series and movies regularly, play games, read books and buy new services and products. Share your experience with your audience. What you liked and what you didn’t like. 

Explain a Topic or Concept

If you know a lot about a specific topic because of school, work, or hobbies you can share this info with your viewers who don’t know about it.

Travel Vlogs

What’s in My Bag?

Create a video about what you are taking on your next trip. Tell your followers where you are going, how long you are staying and tell what you are bringing along and why.

Talk About Your Next or Previous Trip

Where are you traveling to and why? Or, where did you go last? Why did you want to go there, and did it fulfill your expectations?

Talk About Your Budget

Though many folks don’t like talking about money, it’s a very noteworthy topic to hear about from others. Especially if you are traveling since it can be very pricey or really cheap based on where you go.

If you’ve been traveling then give your audience some tips or talk about your experiences. 

Traveling Tips (or Do’s and Don’ts)

If you have traveled a lot, you most likely know a thing or two about what you shouldn’t or should do.

What are a few packing tips you can give others? How do you get ready for a long flight?

Travel Stories

Everyone loves a good travel story and you possibly have a couple of good travel stories of your own from your previous trips. Talk about something interesting, funny, or scary that occurred on one of your trips.

Show a Workout

Take your viewers along when you are working out. Show them your yoga or fitness routine so they can come along with you.

What I Eat in a Day

A very vital part of keeping fit is nutrition. Share with your followers what you eat on a normal day so you stay healthy.


The Pros and Cons of Using Video Cameras in the Classroom


Cameras in schools have their advantages if they’re used correctly.

We have seen an increase in the use of video cameras in classrooms, from administrators putting cameras throughout school buildings and premises to students bringing in and using recording devices such as their tablets, smartphones, or computers.

Based on what is being recorded, how it is being shared and protected, and the purpose of its use/viewing, cameras in the classroom can be considered a good thing or a threat to the learning environment. Below is some information on the advantages and cautions of using video cameras in the classroom.

To support proper student behaviors

Benefit: Let teachers and students review video to discuss proper behavior choices and classroom behaviors that need to change and improve.

Caution: Adults must not just rely on camera footage to view student behavior. Teachers must maintain positive student-teacher interactions and practice correct proximity and monitoring of students in classrooms and common areas such as the cafeteria, hallways, etc.

Benefit: Let professionals collect data, create operational definitions of behaviors pertaining to individual students and practice inter-rater dependability for functional behavior assessments (FBA) and behavior intervention plans (BIP).

Caution: Data collection by itself won’t change a student’s behavior. Teachers must continue to teach expectations and student coping strategies.

Benefit: Some schools are reporting a good effect on lessening the incidents of bullying in schools where cameras are put in hallways and other common areas. Districts are seeing a diminishing in the number of complaints coming in from students, parents, and teachers.

To better teacher practice

Benefit: Teachers can review videos of a lesson taught to assess for strengths of lessons and areas for enriching.

Caution: Some school administrators have used security cameras to check teachers’ time coming and leaving school. This could be seen as a violation of privacy.

What You Need to Know About Nanny Cams (Part II)

But before you get and use a home security camera, here’s what you have to know and must do.

There are some places in your home where nanny cams can’t be installed like the bathroom.

State laws on home security cameras differ. Know the law in your state

It’s perfectly legal to put a home security camera in a residence in every state. though, the laws that dictate how and what you can record differ from state to state, and audio recordings and video recordings are usually treated differently under the law. Some states don’t need you to get consent from the nanny or notify him/her first, but some do mandate this.

Lawyers who specialize in nursing home abuse and neglect state that laws are also different if you plan to record at a nursing home or retirement community where there might be issues with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and patient privacy laws.

If you’re unsure of laws about home security cameras in your state, it recommended that you meet with a criminal defense attorney.

Keep privacy in mind

The main part of privacy laws that affect home security cameras hinges on something referred to as the expectation to the right of privacy.

The places where folks do have an expectation of privacy in your home are in a bathroom or a place they may change clothes which could be a bedroom for a live-in caregiver. So, while it’s typically okay to set up cameras in a kitchen, living room, or exterior of your home, you’ll probably get in trouble for setting up a camera in a spot where the average person would have an expectation of privacy.

Have a talk with your caregiver

To set a clear expectation of where there isn’t and is privacy, it’s smart to tell a nanny up-front about the cameras. In fact, it might be legally required to disclose your cameras in some jurisdictions. Also, if you don’t tell them and only bring it up later when you’re pointing out something they did wrong, the nanny could be unpleasantly surprised.




Buying a Vehicle Online: What You Need to Know

You can now skip the car lot and purchase the vehicle you love online.

The normal car buying process deflates even the most eager buyer. Spending hours walking around a dealers’ lot, going back and forth on price with the salesperson, and then going over all the facts and figures with the manager usually takes hours of time and stressful conversation.

No wonder that studies have shown that over 54% of car buyers would consider buying a car online. There are secrets to all auto transactions. But online auto buying rules are presently developing. Think about these pros and cons when it comes to online car shopping to decide if you’re ready to take the online leap.

Do your homework

Online car-buying delivers some real advantages over standard methods like finding the car you want at a lower price than you might get from a local dealer. An online car site recently published a report on the most affordable and the most expensive cities to buy a car. Therefore, expanding your car search beyond local dealers typically makes good financial sense.

But conduct due diligence before you start to work with a dealership. Consider how long the dealership has been in business. Check out online reviews and comments. Search the online archives of the newspapers in their areas for any negative or positive news stories. You should be able to rapidly decide if the car dealer is trustworthy and reputable.

Know exactly what you’re buying

One of the most common mistakes made by online car shoppers is to swiftly accept a low price. Yes, we all want a bargain, but buyers are sometimes surprised to learn what the dollar didn’t buy them, particularly when leasing. Sometimes you pay a little more, but you get much more. You might pay a few dollars higher, but you could receive much more customer service than you would from other dealerships.

How to Become a Storm Chaser (Part II)

Become a storm chaser for the enjoyment and not for the money.

If you want to work as a storm chaser for your profession, it’s vital to know that most folks in this vocation don’t make a lot of money. Some folks do become a storm chaser full time, they sell video recordings and photos to media agencies to make their income. They have to put in a lot of what they make into equipment and travel costs.

If there aren’t any storms, they don’t make any money. The average salary for this sort of storm chaser is $18,000 annually. Storm chasers usually support themselves with a second job or will only work as a storm chaser during the storm seasons.

Other storm chasers are really meteorologists who chase storms as a part of a research project or as a part of a bigger job description. For example, they may be a college instructor or work for the weather service or spend a couple of months a year chasing storms and collecting data. To be a meteorologist, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree in science as well as a postgraduate degree in meteorology.
Storm Chaser Job Description

When you become a storm chaser, you will be looking for severe weather patterns. Typically, you will begin with a report that severe conditions are expected in a certain area. Most often with a crew and specialized equipment, you’ll go out to the site and attempt to reach the storm. This involves predicting its behavior and direction.

At the site of the storm, there are many things a storm chaser may do. They might set up meteorological equipment to take different readings and data. They may take video and photographs of the storm. They will usually report to authorities via radio the severity and direction of the storm from the ground, so as any due warnings can be given.

How to Become a Storm Chaser (Part I)

Being a storm chaser is exciting but it has more than it’s fair share of risks.

A storm chaser is a meteorological researcher who works on the field, very much in the center of all the action. When you are a storm chaser, you will travel the nation looking for storms and reporting their activity to weather authorities. The information collected by storm chasers helps weather bureaus to give correct forecasts and warnings. Also, storm chasers do research to improve weather forecasting and future storm detection.

There are many storm chasers out there that do this work as a hobby and don’t get paid for their findings. Others are paid researchers and scientists who complete fieldwork and will later create reports and publish their research.
Storm chasing has become very popular, so much so that you can practically go on a tour to learn about how this process works. You just have to remember that storm chasing isn’t for everyone. It might look good on camera, but it is scary and unpredictable. So take that into consideration before leaping into the chase.
Education Requirements to Become a Storm Chaser

If you want to become a storm chaser for a hobby, get in touch with your local television station or the national weather service to find out more information about a short course called SkyWarn. This will teach you all the fundamentals about storm watching, like how to predict storm activity, how to measure statistics, as well as how to keep yourself safe. Learning how to use a radio is also critical.

If you’re looking for really exciting work that will get your blood pumping, then you may want to become a storm chaser. There aren’t many paid opportunities in this field. Most are self-employed, so it is definitely an industry you want to get into for the love of the chase and not for the pay.

Top Travel Industry Marketing Videos and Why They Work (Part IV)

Timing Is Critical

Most users like watching shorter videos.

When editing the video always remember you have just 10 seconds to get the user’s attention if you want them to stick around. You should also keep the video on the shorter side. If you have a long video, cut it into several smaller videos to make the whole experience more consumable. There is a huge attention drop off between two and three minutes of viewing time. Therefore, every second after the two-minute mark counts.

If you can’t shorten the video to two minutes, the next sweet spot is to make it between 6 to 12 minutes. Focus on creating good content and telling an interesting story to keep the viewer engaged through the 12-minute mark, but after minute 12 expect another significant drop-off. Remember, you’re not creating a television series; the shorter the video, the easier it is to keep the viewer’s attention and keep them emotionally engaged.

Be Sure Your Video Is Mobile Friendly
Studies show that over 90% of mobile viewers share videos and mobile makes up close to 50% of global watch time on YouTube. Simply put, folks watch lots of videos on their mobile phones. Be sure the aspect ratio, orientation, and any captioning on your finished video are mobile optimized.

Channel Your Inner HBO: Create New Content Regularly
If you want to see success from video marketing, you must be sure you’re creating more than just a handful of videos published at sporadic times. Every story you tell is going to resonate with a different audience. The more stories you share, the more folks you make aware of what you have to offer them for travel. Also, you begin getting a following of people that actively engage and look forward to your content.

Top Travel Industry Marketing Videos and Why They Work (Part III)

Activate Your Biggest Fans to Share Your Video

Instead of paid advertising, it’s advised that tourist-centric clients tap into the power of their fan base and activate their superfans to share their videos via an advocacy marketing program. In an advocacy marketing program, your top fans voluntarily join your branded program.

Once a member, they’ll be able to effortlessly publish your content, including videos, to their personal social channels. When doing so they can earn rewards, points, or unique opportunities picked by your organization.

They gain by sharing their passion. Your organization benefits from the big lift in visibility. It is real that just one advocate is connected to 600+ people on average. You also benefit from the third-party validation that comes with an advocate sharing your message. Over 83% of vacationers say that they trust suggestions made from family and friends over paid advertisements.

Make It A Video Worth Sharing

Distribution plan in place, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, uncap that lens, and get it done. If you want to make the best possible videos to endorse your tourist-centric organization or business be sure to:

Videos like this picture of beautiful rolling waves need to be accompanied by an interesting story.

Focus on The Story You’re Telling
Closeups of breaking waves or tasty dishes are great, but if you want to hit an emotional chord with the viewer, you must have a compelling story behind the video. If you’re showing food, talk about the restaurant’s history, the chef that started the restaurant, or major achievement or awards the restaurant has won.

Want to move traffic to your main street?

Show how the town has grown. Own any hardships and communicate the constant reinvention of your city. Don’t underestimate the power of a phoenix story.

B-roll is cool and needed. However, the better the story your video tells, the more engaging it is, the more likely it is to make a tangible impact.