Tuesday, September 08, 2020

7 Products You Never Knew About That Will Make Your Life Better

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

How I Make A 'Greylock Fever-Tree' Gin and Tonic

 How I Make A 'Greylock Fever-Tree' Gin and Tonic

1 Lime Slice

Add 3 cubes of ice to tumbler.
Add Berkshire Mountain Distillers Greylock Gin.
Squeeze in lime juice.
Add lime slice.
Add Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water tonic water.

Monday, August 17, 2020

How I Got a 10/10 Rating From Room Rater.

Getting a 10/10 rating for my room, as seen on Zoom calls, from Room Rater on Twitter required a lot of work.

Having a background in video production and lighting helped, but what tripped me up was thinking about my office as a workspace instead of a studio. 

Room Rater rates the visual presentation of people's home offices, or settings that they place themselves in for online interviews. You'll see lots of people's room being reviewed on Room Rater's twitter account. 

Start there to get a sense of what makes a good presentation. 

Next, take an honest look at your background, in the context of how it will come across on camera. Frame your view with a camera to see what's in the shot and what isn't. 

This is a photo that I was using as a Zoom background to make believe I was in a Zoom room paying attention. LOL. 

My thoughts:
- The paper shredder has to go.
- The bookcase is off center. I think I need more books behind me.

Here I am, top right, on Streamyard, on Chris Brogan's 'The Backpack Show.'

Here's an update with an added bookcase. 

Some of the things in this shot that are great in an office, but have to go away to make the shot look better are:

- tissue box on the right

The brewery logo sign got moved to the left, but it's still sitting on top of the paper shredder.

I got a ukulele and added that, plus I moved my webcam, so that I'm now centered between the meeting of the walls behind me. I think that the added depth, of having the corner of the office looks better that a flat wall of books. I also changed webcams to get a wider angle view. Switched from a Logitech C920, which is a very good webcam, to a MEVO V1 in webcam mode. 

I submitted to Room Rater and got a 7/10

After they found out that the 'small guitar' was a ukulele, they revised their rating to 8/10.

Still no 10/10.

What they didn't like:

- Messy cords. 

- Wall Calendar. 

What I didn't like: 

- Binders on the left

- Row of books on the third shelf, not broken up. 

- Visible book shelf LED lighting

- Office paper stacker on right.

- All black books on third shelf on left. They don't like color coded books. 

I removed the wires and LED lighting, and brought in an umbrella light stand to light up the background more evenly. 

I broke up the line of books and replaced the calendar with framed art and album covers. 

After addressing these issues I resubmitted and got a 10/10:

I'm happy with this final look. 

The books in the shelves are a lot more interesting by being broken up my memorabilia. 

Adding my personality improves the look of the background. They liked the framed albums. I liked showcasing some of my older cameras. 

This was a fun project and I enjoyed interacting with the Room Rater community on twitter. 

Google Chrome Fix: Black Screen flashes while scrolling in Facebook

I just found the answer to the Google Chrome problem, Black Screen flashes while scrolling in Facebook.

In SETTINGS, ADVANCED, TURN OFF 'Hardware Acceleration.'

Thursday, July 30, 2020

People Are People: Trust Agents

Thanks Chris for including this mention of me and Carol in the revised Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust. 10 Anniversary Edition.  Buy Trust Agents on Amazon. [Affiliate Link]

Friday, July 24, 2020

Taylor Swift released her 8th studio album, folklore, at midnight on July 23.

Taylor Swift Tweet 8:01 AM · Jul 23, 2020:

Listen to folklore online.

Some media sites could not get the day and time right:


Stream Taylor Swift's New Album, 'Folklore'
No, Taylor Swift did not spend her quarantine nurturing her sourdough starter or tie-dying old sweaters. Nor did she use the period to re-record her catalog as promised last year after a label dispute. Instead Swift quietly spent self-isolation at work on a new album, Folklore, released at midnight on July 24.

It was midnight on July 23.


EDITORS' PICK|9,032 views|Jul 23, 2020,09:04am EDT
Taylor Swift Is Releasing Her New Album, ‘Folklore,’ At Midnight

If you had “surprise Taylor Swift album” on your 2020 bingo card, today is your lucky day. The pop superstar announced Thursday morning that she will release her eighth studio album, Folklore, at midnight EST on Friday, July 24.

It was midnight EDT on Friday, July 23.

Rolling Stone got it right:


Hear Taylor Swift’s New Album ‘Folklore’
Musician’s surprise record features contributions from Aaron Dessner of the National, Bon Iver, Jack Antonoff
Taylor Swift surprise announced her eighth studio album, Folklore, which she released on Thursday at midnight.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Amazon product review: A USB-C cable and a pair of wire cutters.

A USB-C cable and a pair of wire cutters.
For years we have been thinking up ways to integrate product sales with video. Here, Amazon.com integrates live video with a linked product carousel.
Disclosure: The two products reviewed are part of the program for Amazon Vine Customer Review of Free Products.

Friday, June 26, 2020

[VIDEO] How We Live Now. June 26, 2020. VOTE! Wear A Mask!

VOTE! wear a mask.

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All right here. Here it is. Hey, everybody, this is Steve, and this is Carol. And another episode of how we live now. mask wearing. mask wearing works. I mean, it's it's proven Massachusetts where we live, the number one state in the country right now at having the least number of cases of Coronavirus and you know who have the most, those those other states where they're not wearing masks.
No one's around. We can not take them down right now. But it's so maddening. And this is, I'm doing a political rant right now. You need national leadership to tell everyone that face mask wearing is mandatory in the whole country, but we have a president that is not doing that. And they leave it up to the States. And then some of the states like Florida are like, Oh, just go party on the beach, whatever. And then they come back and say Oh, you know what, we were Wrong. Don't party on the beach, wear masks, like, obviously we all knew it.
Now we're starting to see a lot of 35 and under. Yeah. we'll test the
they were wrong and then look at the United States.
Rates infection rates versus other countries that have, you know, billions more people who live there. Yeah, we screwed this up so bad. So, bottom line, vote!
And wear a mask.
November 3. I am serious. Okay. Done with my political rant. Okay.
Okay, man. Oh,
okay, that makes me feel better and get that out of my system.
So what else We're going to talk about?
My friend Laura riding is starting a new show today. It's LGOTV: big talks and it's she's @HeyLGO on all the platforms, and you can watch it at 10am on Fridays and Tuesdays Eastern Daylight Time.
Who's she having today?
I forget the name but she has a she's had some good guests so she's been doing a show on her own for a while and now she's gonna use streamyard and have some guests and I think it's gonna be great. So check her out.
There's many people are doing so much more these days online. Yesh, We all are.
All my friends are interviewing all their friends on everyone else's shows.
And I enjoy it.
Steve Carell has a new movie on Netflix today. irresistible, I think it's called. And I've been watching his TV show called spaceforce. I love it. Some people hate it. It's very, get smart. Like, to me. I find the humor very funny and I'm a big Steve Carell fan. I almost thought it was Hamilton time that the plays gonna be on Disney plus on Friday, July 3, I was gonna watch it today but that's big.
excited for that.
A have a rock in my shoe.
You're rocking the rocking issue. Is there a place to stop?
Oh, okay.
My mom's retirement complex is allowing guests. So we've been quarantined for a long time. So we feel it's safe to go up there and I think we're going to go get food and bring it to her. She wants a good burger. So we're going to go to the north shore and try and find a place where we can
take out a nice get a burger. So anybody has any suggestions? Let us know. Yeah. A couple places are closed that we looked at.
Right. I'm surprised Bancroft at the North Shore miles closed. We like that.
So while Carol takes the rock out of her shoe, I'll show you where we are. The Arnold Arboretum in Boston. And it's really really nice acres and acres of places to walk, which are really not crowded and it's a great place to get some exercise. Get outside.
feel good about
at least something
I know well, what else? Do you feel good about?
how healthy we are? Yeah. Oh, good sizing, okay.
We haven't been able to go to the health card, that's where the scale is. And so last week, middle of the night, I bought one of those scales, that connected scale and some scales were expensive, like almost $200 189 159 and then I read the reviews and they weren't that good. So then I found one that was very popular for like $39 and it's a connected scale. So I bought it. We each weighed each other, and we weigh less. It's because we're working out doing those aerobic videos you said which I know I did a lot of weight training but no aerobics now.
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 I'm big on Pamela Rief on YouTube. Love her!
...and we kept our goal so far this month, once a week, we do have a merch challenge. How's the merch challenge up? That includes a mile run for you too. I know.
It's amazing. So that's really good. My pants are loose. I need to use the belt more. That is what triggered us to think we were doing a good job. Right Carol? I wasn't quite sure about me. But I still need a second scale but I'll take it for now. These are things so these are some things that have changed during this pandemic and triggered change that we normally would not have. Done The other thing is ordering food online. We're ordering imperfect foods.
You guys might have heard about that.
So imperfect foods, what they do is they take the foods that normally would be thrown away or couldn't be sold to restaurants because you know it's a crooked carrot or a too small apple or certain things like that. So we joined imperfect foods and you can get a delivery once a week or every two weeks. And when I get on there, I find out you can get more than just vegetables, chicken, ground beef,
sausages are really good. The salmon is amazing. Yeah, so Fever Tree seltzer for like gin and tonics. So we do it every two weeks and then rather than just getting a CSA box that you get what you get, you can go in online and customize what you get. You have a few days before the deadline, and then you choose what you want in the box. And it's great and their customer service is amazing. And their social media team is really fun. So if I put up pictures of some of the things we've gotten, they've interacted with me on social media. Oh, imperfect foods. Actually, I'm going to put a link on this video. And if you sign up through my link, we each get 10 bucks. So I'll do that. You can try it if it's available in your area. I had to wait. We had to wait less than a month, maybe three weeks until they allowed us to sign up. They're really really busy and really popular right now.
Join Imperfect Foods and we each get $10 http://imprfct.us/v/steve_1058
They do take the waiting list like you got on okay.
doing a lot of gardening.
Things are looking really good.
Now we'll go for a big walk.
Like this walk we do is usually what? Three miles, three or four
it ends up being two hours last week one day and that was a little before mile. It was a big one. It was two hours then we were like, wow, we watched all the way up to amazing. Okay, so we're gonna take the turn now and head up this hill.
Thanks for watching. Be safe, wear a mask vote.
Until next time,
see you later.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

How To Play a YouTube Video On Your Twitter Timeline

I recently saw a video playing on The Tonight Show's Twitter timeline with an overlay link that said "Watch now at youtu.be"

What was cool about it was that it looked like it was a YouTube video, playing right on the twitter timeline. 

But it wasn't! It's actually a native twitter video, playing on the twitter timeline, with a link over to YouTube

Here's the story:

Usually, you have to click on the YouTube videos to get them to play on twitter. 

So this lead me on a search to figure it out. 

My friend David helped me with a tip, he told me that it was an mp4, uploaded to YouTube, and he provided a link to Google, where people were explaining how to do it. 

This link was helpful, How To Add Links To Your Twitter Videos.

There, Mark Zhuk, explained, in November of 2016, that you need to have a Twitter Ads account to be able to add a link to a video. 

Further research and testing, confirmed the process. 

You need to sign up for a twitter ad account at ads.twitter.com

Then you need to add a credit card to the account. 

Then you can upload a video with a link to the same video on YouTube. 

The YouTube video link you enter, gets overlayed on to your twitter video with the link text, "Watch now at youtu.be", giving the impression that the video is hosted over on YouTube, but it's not. 

Here's my tweet with video, linked over to YouTube

Sunday, June 14, 2020

How To Get Started with StreamYard, a live streaming studio in your browser

Lots of people are using StreamYard to live stream shows, to sites like Facebook and YouTube, and including guests, with the added ability to share their screen. Streamyard is different from some other solutions since it's web based, you don't have to download any software to use it.

You can get started on a FREE account, and then upgrade if you want additional features.

The easiest way to create professional live streams.
StreamYard is a live streaming studio in your browser. Interview guests, share your screen, and much more. Stream directly to Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other platforms.

I signed up and can show you the steps to get started to remove the mystery of live streaming. It's easy.

Sign Up
Sign up at StreamYard by entering your email, and then confirming with them that you are a real person and not a robot.

Then you can start a broadcast. I'll show you how.

Here we go!

1. Connect an account to StreamYard. Once connected, you can stream to it as often as you like.

Lots of choices here, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Periscope, Twitch, or Custom RTMP.

2. I'll pick Facebook to start.

Authorize Facebook.

3. Create a broadcast.

Want to try it out before going live? Create a broadcast and choose "Record only".


5. Let's Check your camera and mic


6. Sharing a Single Shot

7. Sharing a Screen

8. Showing Viewer Comments

Streamyard is provides an easy was to get started in live streaming that allows you to both include guests, and sharing your desktop. Try it, what have you got to lose? ;-)

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Pricing (Annual Plans)

Saturday, June 13, 2020

How To: Create Better Video From Home

If you've watched any late-night TV lately (Jimmy Fallon, SNL, or literally any other show producing remotely), you know that creating quality video from home is NOT easy! Even for TV veterans.
Video blogging pioneer and "Get Seen" author Steve Garfield of SteveGarfield.com shares some tips for creating better video from home. 
We'll talk about audio quality, getting your background camera-ready, lighting tips, and more!

#Marketing Profs PRO video live stream interview with MarketingProfs' Kerry O'Shea Gorgone, and StoryLeader's Chris Brogan, about How To Create Better Video From Home.


Q: What's the most important part of video?
A: Audio

I've done research. If the video quality is less than perfect, but the audio is good, and the content is interesting, people will keep watching your video.

If the audio is bad, they will leave.

If you are recording with a smartphone, the closer you are to the device, the better your audio will be. 

- Know where the microphone is, and talk into it. 

To get better sound, add an external microphone, for a smartphone, video camera, or computer. 

You can use a set of headphones with an attached microphone, or a standalone microphone. 

One tip is to get a floor stand, and swing the microphone around to where you are sitting. That reduces any noise you might make by tapping on your desktop. 


For lighting, be aware of the light around you. If you are inside and near a window, have the window facing you instead of behind you. If the window is behind you, and you are using a webcam, it probably has auto exposure, and it will set exposure to the light behind you. That's not good. 

In the above photo, I sat in front of the window to make sure this location was perfectly bad to start from. 

The webcam is at desk level, looking up at me. The light is behind me, screwing up the auto exposure of the webcam.

This is the shot that lots of people use from their laptops webcams.


TIP: Raise the level of the webcam in your laptop camera to meet or line up just above your EYE LEVEL. You can easily do this with a stack of books. 

In the above photo I've added light from TWO SOURCES, a MAIN light and a FILL light. 

The main light is an LED light just to the right of my webcam. The fill light is my desk lamp with an LED bulb. 

I also added a small LED light pointed up towards my bookcase as a back light to allow the webcam to see added depth, but it's small, and not too big to screw up the auto exposure of the webcam. 


Set up your webcam and take a photo of where you will be sitting. 

Look at the background. How do you think you might be rated by Room Rater on twitter? Take a look at his twitter feed and see what comments he makes on how to make backgrounds better. 

In this example, after looking at the photo, I decided to move the webcam towards the left to allow more of the bookcase to show up on both sides of me, rather than having the black bookcase look like it was growing out of the top of my head. ;-)

Click through to Steve Garfield's Ultimate Video Gear List: Cameras, Microphones, and Lights to see a list of gear I use 

Thursday, June 04, 2020

We Loved the Baratunde Thurston Nowhere Comedy Club Show on Zoom.

We Loved the Baratunde Thurston Nowhere Comedy Club Show on Zoom.

The pandemic has changed our habits on a number of things.

- No more brand loyalty to coffee, toilet paper, or supermarkets.

- Getting Groceries and Vegetables delivered to our home.

- Watching new movie releases at home on TV.

The newest change happened last night. We watched Baratunde Thurston's live comedy show, in our kitchen, that was streamed from his house in LA over Zoom.

The show started at 9:20 instead of 9:10, and there was a warm-up act that used a handheld microphone that was quite right.

At that point I was worried.

The Main Show
But, when the stream switched over to Baratunde, the sound was perfect.

There were pages and pages of happy faces watching. We got instructions to turn down our mic levels to 1/5, but in my iPad I never saw how to do that, so I remained muted.

Many others figured it out, so as Baratunde performed, you could hear the audience laughing. It really was a perfect show.

I enjoyed hearing Baratunde's takes about the early days of stocking up for the pandemic, living with only one person for 10 weeks, and needing a haircut. ;-)

The ability of Zoom to bring Baratunde into our kitchen was powerful.

It also had the advantage of being able to stay home, not drive, have a good seat, get out own drinks, and have a bathroom nearby.

The people formally known as the audience
As a bonus, Baratunde took questions, over text chat, after the show. Also brilliant. If you paid for VIP access, you could also stay longer for the after show.

Audience interaction via Zoom is going to be a groundbreaking development for entertainers, once they fully understand its power. It's like when I first realized the power of online video. This is a similar time, where the audience can become part of the presentation, and enhance it. Once presenters truly understand the power of this collaborative medium, and how to manage it, we are going to see some creative productions follow.

To catch a glimpse of how this works, watch my friend Joseph Jaffe's CoronaTV and his Zoom after-show. The after show allows the audience to have a conversation with the guest, and valuable discussions happen with much of the value coming from 'the people formally known as the audience'.

I love comedy, and comedians, but maybe I don't like having to go out to comedy clubs?

You can try a Nowhere Comedy Club show here.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Using video technology to stay connected

NECN's Colton Bradford interviewed my mom and me about how she uses technology to stay connected:

Need a smile? Meet Millie Garfield. The self proclaimed “Internet’s Oldest Living Blogger” and she’s got a message for us all. #CallYourMother

cc: @NECN @TheHubToday @stevegarfield

My mom is one of the Internet's Oldest Bloggers according to The Ageless Project.
wegads - Ed Weiland, born 1923
Age of Rieson - Marie MacBeath, born 1925
Last Quarter - Game of Life - Ralph Leonard, born 1925
My Mom's Blog - Mildred Garfield, born 1925
Not Dead Yet! - Judith Taylor, born 1927
Milts Muse - Milton Rebmann, born 1931
A Little Red Hen - Naomi Dagen Bloom, born 1933
Along The Way - Joared, born 1935
Occasional Pursuits - Patricia Torbert, born 1937
Light Sweet Crud - Rey Barry, born 1937
BLB's Xanga Site - Bonnie, born 1939
justaskjudy - Judy, born 1940

Thursday, May 14, 2020

HOW TO: Set Up Your First Facebook Messenger Room

HOW TO: Set Up Your First Facebook Messenger Room

Facebook is now rolling out Messenger Rooms to everyone. I tried it out for the first time, and had a chat with my niece. When I created my room, I allowed ALL FRIENDS to JOIN. After creating my room, on my computer browser, my phone rang with an invitiation!

Opps! Did Facebook Messenger Rooms just invite ALL MY FRIENDS with a message at 8:30 AM. D'OH! I don't think so, but I'm not sure. As I learn more I'll figure it out. I took screen shots of each screen in the process of setting up a room.

Here are the steps to set up a Facebook Messenger Room.

Image: Facebook asks you to Learn More or Create a Room

Image: Create Your Room options:

- Room Activity
- Who is invited?
- Start time


Image: Room Activity Page 1

Image: Room Activity Page 2


Image: Who is invited

Choose all your friends or specific people.

Image: Invite people


Image: Start Time

Select a start time.

Image: Trying Rooms. Invite.

Image: Join room

Image: Continue as YOU!

Image: My first room with my niece.

Facebook rooms. Bringing people together!

Image: Video and Audio controls

Image: What my Facebook page looks like after I left the room.

It looks like my room is still open after I leave it. Oh wiat, Jeff Cutler just asked me to join a room! It's my room!

I guess I can leave this open all day for friends to join.



If you leave your room open to FRIENDS, any can join, even after you leave you room, if you leave it open. A friend from CT just joined a chat with my nephew. That never would have happened with Zoom.

Image: J. Bruce Jones and me. ;-)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Apple TV+ Works on a Browser

My mom (94) doesn't have the most recent iMac. Because of this, her browsers are not the latest, because the latest operating system can no longer be downloaded and run.

I wanted to get her Apple TV+, so she could watch Defending Jacob. She wanted to see it. I also think she'll enjoy The Morning Show, and For All Mankind.

So I logged into her computer remotely, and directed her Safari browser to tv.apple.com


There, we could watch the trailer for Defending Jacob, but could NOT press the PLAY button.

Same on Google Chrome.

So, I went and downloaded Firefox. That worked!

Monday, April 20, 2020

I thought my Ring Video Doorbell had a dead to-the-world battery

I thought my Ring Video Doorbell had a dead to-the-world battery, but after a chat with Dreck at Ring Support, it sounds like I might be able to bring it back to life.


Can you please connect the Ring device to a charging cable and check for the charging light pattern.


Rapid blue blink on top of circle

Try to put the device in setup mode. If successful, press the button again to exit setup mode and unplug the device.

Press orange button?

Yes, please.

ok did it

Did the device enter setup mode?


It looks like the battery needs to be charged!

While charging, verify the device has reconnected to the home Wi-Fi network and is working properly.

No kidding

Setup again if necessary.

Setting up



Now white solid ring

You just need to charge the device for about 8-10 hours.


Then what battery life will I have?

We will monitor the device for about 3-5 days and contact us again if the issue still the same.

You will? Ok great. Thank you.

Image: Ring Video Support Chat Review


It's Dead Jim!

So day 1 was 100%, day 2 was 75%, and by the end of the week it was 20% and no longer connecting to WiFi.

I've charged it up again for 12 hours.

I don't anticipate it being any better. I don't want to have to charge it every week. New batteries on Ring Video Doorbell 3 are supposed to last longer than one week.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

2020 is the Year of Live Videoblogging

16 years ago I was one of the first video bloggers. I figured out how to combine the ease of use of blogging with the power of video, to help people easily share stories.

Now, when many people are self-quarantined at home, to help flatten the spread of COVID-19, they are looking towards video to feel connected.

It makes sense.

Video has the power to help people connect through storytelling.

A lot has changed since 2005, when I made my first videoblog post. Five years later, I wrote the book on videoblogging for Wiley, Get Seen. Now, a good portion of that book is history. It's a history book. ;-) Containing many cameras, video making tools, and software that aren't around any more.

Now there are new tools.

Let's take the lessons learned from 15 years of online video making, and apply them to today, to give you the tools and techniques that will help you share your stories with video.

Includes Step-By-Step Guide on How to Get Started on Zoom.


Use the camera that you have on you. please do not get intimidated by feeling like you have to have a professional set up. You don't. The quality of today's smartphones are amazing for both video and audio.

Smartphone: iPhone. You can use either the front or back camera.

Webcam: Logitech C920. Tis is the camera I use. It works great. For a higher end webcam, look at the Brio.

Microphone: Audio Technica ATR2500x-USB. Good audio is more important that good video. Have you ever joined a Facebook live stream where you can't hear the speaker because of audio problems? See? This microphone is great. You can also get a floor stand for it, so that it is not disturbed by any noise you might make on your desk.

Lighting: This is the light that all the cool kids are using, LED Ring Light like the Neewer 18-inch White LED Ring Light with Silver Light Stand, that you can find online. If you don't have that, a desk lamp, positioned to one side behind your camera is good, also good is natural light coming in from a window. DO NOT, have a window behind you!

Tripod: Use a tripod to get a steady shot.


1. Make your camera lens a little above eye level. If you have a laptop, DO NOT leave it on your desk. Raise it to eye level by placing some BOOKS UNDER it. PLEASE DO THIS.

2. Look into the lens when talking and not at the screen. This gives the impression of eye contact which enhances your connection with the viewer.

3. Know where you mic is, and talk into it.

4. If you are in a shot with multiple people, like in an interview, make your framing match the interviewer.

5. Don't leave extra headroom.

Image: BEFORE - Too much headroom

Image: AFTER - Extra headroom removed. ;-)

6. Use software to make your videos more interesting, see the next section.


iMovie: When I wan to do more than a one-shot, where I record and post, I use iMovie on the iPhone or Mac.

This allows you to shoot multiple segments, and add them together to make one video. For exaple, if I was making a video that had three points I wanted to make, I could shoot five videos and then combine them.

Introduction, point 1, point 2, point 3, and conclusion. That way you can focus on one small thing at a time, rather than thinking that you have one shot to get all five video right. It gives you a way to shoot each segment multiple times until you like it. Also, you don't have to memorize anything. Plus, you can use different camera angles for each video. That provides interest to the viewer.


Facebook, Instagram and YouTube make it easy to share video online. When you decide where to put your video, you'll want to share it where your audience is. Do you have a lot of friends on Facebook, that's where you can post. Are you an Instagram 'Influencer'? You can post video there, or to your Instagram story. If you choose YouTube, you can also share the link to that video on Facebook and your other social media accounts.



Facebook as a button that you can click to go live in the posting options, LIVE VIDEO.

Image: Facebook Live

ECamm Live and Streamyard are tools that you can use to present a more professional presentation with using Facebook live.

ZOOM: Step-By-Step Guide on How to Get Started on Zoom.

To get started on Zoom, go to Zoom.us, sign up, and follow the prompts to download the Zoom app on your device.

When you join a Zoom video chat, you need to allow your MIC and CAMERA to be shared. When you join, you may be prompted to " Join with computer audio", do that.

Here are some screens you might see when joining your first Zoom chat. They are presented to you so that you can CHOOSE and TEST your CAMERA AND MICROPHONE:

Image: Click 'OPEN zoom.us.app' if you are presented with this dialog box.

Image: Join with Video. Yes! Join with Video, CLICK THAT!

Image: Check your position in the frame and your lighting.

Image: Test your computer speaker. See how the dialog box displays "Speaker 2: Built-in Output (Headphones)", that shows which speaker you are using. if that doesn't work, make sure your speaker works by playing something, otherwise, choose another speaker using the greater than/less than, on it's side drop down window selection tool.

Image: Test your microphone. My AT2020 USB mic is selected in tis dialog box.

Image: CLICK "Join with Computer Audio"

Then when you are in a chat, for example, on a computer, if other people are complaining that THEY CAN'T SEE YOU, look for an image of a camera with a red line through it at the bottom left of your screen, click on that to allow zoom to access your camera.

Image: No video on ZOOM? Click Here.

It's easy, my mom, Millie (94) uses it!

Image: Ask Millie On Zoom

TEST: Join this TEST ZOOM MEETING to check your camera and microphone.


Mitch Joel, How To Rock Zoom Meetings In 10 Easy Steps.

Live Streaming Pros: Luria Petrucci

People to watch live:

Joseph Jaffe: Live every day at 2:00 PM EDT on Facebook: https://facebook.com/jaffejuice

Laura Gassner Otting: Live every day at 10:00 AM EDT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laura.gassner.otting

Chris Brogan: Live every day at 10:00 AM EDT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/broganchris