I could only have been more nervous if I was naked

I could only have been more nervous if I was naked

It felt like there were a thousand pairs of eyes on me…I honestly don’t know if I could have been any more nervous. Except if maybe I was naked.  I pressed play on the video and held my breath….waiting to see what the crowd’s reaction would be.


I’d been invited to present at a business event on video.  There must have been about 100 people there and I was so incredibly nervous!  I regularly present workshops to groups of around 20 and I love it, but this one was different.


The vibe was quite professional with a lot of men in the room, and my workshops are usually filled with creative women.  The video I was showing was this brand movie I had made for another business of mine where I make family movies.


Aimed at Mums, that video is very vulnerable, and heartfelt…and is so raw and personal it honestly still brings a little tear to my eye every time I watch it.

I had no idea how it was going to go down in this room full of mostly suited men – my imposter syndrome was out of control, and I was so worried they would write me off as an emotional amateur!


The video finished and I turned to look at the crowd with nervous anticipation…


Suddenly they burst out with spontaneous applause!!!  Relief flooded my body and I couldn’t wipe the stupid grin off my face.  They loved it!


This experience really cemented something for me.


People love to connect.  It doesn’t matter who they are, if you tell a story, and you’re a little vulnerable and let somebody see something real about you they can’t help but be moved.


Video is such a great tool for this as it captures more than lights, colours and sounds…it captures a feeling.  Storytelling through video takes people on a journey and lets them into your world.  As brand strategy consultant Park Howell says, giving this human element to your business means that you attract customers who buy on principle rather than price.


And we all want more of those customers!


So think about weaving more stories through your business….whether in person at events, in your blogs, or in short videos.  Be a little vulnerable with it and see what reaction you get.  I think you’ll be surprised.

My most embarrassing moment…but I’m still alive!

My most embarrassing moment…but I’m still alive!

I nervously pressed the ‘go live’ button.  My first Facebook Live!  After telling my clients how important it was I finally decided I needed to get amongst it myself.

“Rotate your phone?” my interview guest, the lovely EJ from Sisterhood of Style, said quizzically.
“I already have rotated my phone….oh are we live?” I exclaimed breathlessly.
“I think we’re live” said EJ.

This was the first in a series I was doing chatting to various experts about all things video.  This interview – chatting with a stylist about what to wear when filming yourself – was going SO WELL.  I was totally pumped and enjoying every second.

Until the comment came in.

EJ leaned forward, craned her neck to the side and read out loud “It might be better if you turned your phone portrait cause your video is sideways”.
GULP.  I felt a massive wave of embarrassment engulf me from head to toe…here I am, the video expert, stuffing up my first Facebook live!!  Could the ground open up and swallow me now?!!

Then suddenly I pulled myself together.  Come on Sokolich, you’ve never been afraid of failure.  I’d just made the biggest mistake you can on a Facebook Live and you know what….I hadn’t died!  It was fine!  LIVE TV BABY!!!

I cracked up laughing, turned the camera around, and like the nerd I am instantly thought this is a great teachable moment to use in my workshops.  Cause you know, we’re all human, video may be nerve-wracking but what’s the worst that can happen?  And then when it does….?  It’s ok!

I really am proud of the interview, and if you’ve ever wondered just what should you wear when filming yourself or having a brand movie made then it’s a MUST WATCH.

You can check it out here.  And if you want to have a belly laugh at my expense (it’s ok, I know you’re laughing with me) go straight to 12.58…although it’s pretty funny at the very beginning when we didn’t realise we were live too.

I really hope it gives you more confidence to put yourself out there with video.

And the moral of the story is, be careful that your phone doesn’t get its orientation mixed up.  So when I’d practiced beforehand it was working fine, but when I put my phone on the tripod it thought it was portrait when in fact it was landscape.

The warning signs were there…you know the graphic on the screen that said ‘rotate your phone’.  But hey, I’ve taken that one for the team so you don’t have to.  If this happens to you just turn your phone from portrait to landscape and back a few times in a row, it will eventually work it out!

And you can catch the interview series every second Friday at midday, live on my Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!