July 1, 2016 at 12:20 pm #26835
This post is dedicated to all the ‘palm slap forehead moments’ you’ve had in business, eCourse Creation or the road of entrepreneurship. Let’s show our human side and admit to our mistakes. I know @andyfreist and I have a lot to share, which we will add to the conversation. Looking forward to letting the poor cat outta the bag with all of you!July 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm #26838
1. In 2005, I dropped out of college and started my first online business. We sold T-Shirts that were highly offensive and degrading. My life spiralled out of control as I became the affirmations written on my chest. DOH!!!July 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm #26840
(I’ll be back with a bunch more later, just wanted to get the ball rolling… got a coaching call now)July 2, 2016 at 12:08 pm #26859
I have a classic. This was about 3-4 years ago.
It was my first tele seminar ever and it was on the current astrological happenings and how to leverage them. I set it up to be interview style with my friend who has a great outgoing and warm personality. So we were waiting and waiting for people to show up but no one did, or so we thought. We ended up conducting it anyway with just me and her, thinking we were alone. Turns out I had unknowingly muted everyone and there were tons of people on the call. Was my face red!
I vowed to never do another one unless I was with a company where you can see the number of people who have joined the call.July 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm #26863
I’m stilling living through the repercussions of my latest f*%! up.
About 6 weeks ago, I was taking a break from editing videos for my ecourse when a friend came over. I started to move my laptop so we could chat in my room, and BAM, the external hard drive with all my edited videos hit the floor. I screamed a cuss but I didn’t look at the hard drive then…i think I knew what I would find.
All those hours of editing work were erased, and I was so bummed I didn’t get back into editing until a week or so before the class opened. But now that I’m back at it, I can tell the videos are even better than before, so that’s good,
So now I’m catching up on work I already did, but so it goes, amigos.July 2, 2016 at 10:32 pm #26869
My first webinar was very similar @mysticsparkling. I couldn’t figure out how the heck to press play and then I had no idea how to get the community running. I had all the questions bieng asked but no idea how to answer them. It was so stressful and embarrassing. At that time, I swore I’d never do another. “They just weren’t my thing.” LOLJuly 2, 2016 at 10:34 pm #26871
OUCH @jescantonelli, I can feel that one. The wound is still so fresh. I have done that very same thing on projects before and once I get over the shock and trauma of “losing everything,” i always find the second time I do it it’s always way better. In hindsight, I’m sure you’re going to be thrilled at that horrible incident. That, and think of how much better you’re going to be by the time you’re done round two! Just make sure you back it up this time 🙂July 3, 2016 at 8:50 am #26878
Re-posting this little excerpt from my progress log about my #audiofail when getting ready for my first filming day last Saturday…
I thought I had everything I needed for audio in the shape of a Rode Videomic Pro, which I’d planned to plug straight into my Canon DSLR for combined audio/video. This was after doing huge amounts of research online into the best audio setups for Canon cameras. All the stuff I found made it sound like this setup would work with any Canon DSLR.
However, when I was getting everything set up the night before I realised that what I’d thought was a 3.5mm mic jack on the camera wasn’t a 3.5mm jack at all. After further Googling I found that my particular Canon was an entry level model with no capacity to plug in a mic! Facepalm.
After more furious Googling I found a workaround – I had to buy a separate Zoom H1 recorder which DOES have a 3.5mm jack, plug the Rode mic into that and use that to record. Having already paid £150 for the mic, I then had to pay another £100 on the morning of the shoot when I had to make a last minute trip over to my local Maplin (electrics store) to buy the Zoom. It was all a bit stressful! And it means I now have to sync up audio and video at editing stage, which is just irritating. Boo.
Check your Canon models people, preferably days in advance, not the night before!
🙂August 1, 2016 at 8:08 pm #28720
Andy and I are working our buttocks’s off to have our Art of eCourse Creation webinar (green screen style) complete for this Thursday. So today, I had to do a bunch of pre-recorded video work.
I spent about an hour and a half with the help of Blair, went to upload and send to Andy for editing and integrating into the presentation and NONE of the sound worked. The mic for whatever reason did not work.
Tomorrow, I have to do it all again!
I was very angry. Then I went for a swim. Now I’m ready to do it again.
Shit happens. Gotta just keep going. Don’t let it knock the wind out of your sales. Otherwise you’ll get stranded where you are and lost at sea.August 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm #28722
Arrrrrghhhh Bradley it’s so brutal to lose hours like that! I feel ya man. I’m sure the take will go even better tomorrow. Ouch thoAugust 2, 2016 at 8:15 am #28730
Eeeks- I feel for all of this misadventures, teachings and time wasters. When I got my first microphone for this e-course I plugged it in and spent about an hour fiddling with settings. I recorded a few hours worth-getting my courage up for the first time, only to find, I had missed a setting on my computer. No real voice-on hours worth of work. -Now I check, check and re-check!
Another time I was just finishing a university degree and did my last paper in my last course. I was exhausted! Apparently, so was my computer-the hard drive clunked out that very minute and I lost the whole academic paper. I did redo it, but it was very upsetting, as I was on my last straw. I now tell my students, that we get tested in this way by the universe when we are a hair away from accomplishing some of our most meaningful goals. It is not usually a sign to give up, but a challenge of-“how much do you really want this” that seems to emerge.
On that note, I used to do deep transformative, spiritual work with clients. Some of them would not make it to the sessions that may have been their break-through days. Other people would come in with strange stories of all the weird events that held them up that day. Some of the clients that went through the worst-and I did even see one, scraped and bruised from falling just before the appointment, went through to make the biggest transformations. So, sometimes it is just the last troll on the bridge, asking a price before the big shift!August 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm #28791
Thanks for caring friends.
You’re right Jessica, even though the mistake cost us a day and “time stress,” the re-do was far better than the first time I recorded. I guess I am grateful for the mistake now!
Laurie, your University story hurts more than my two hours of recording!! You win this round 😉August 3, 2016 at 2:41 pm #28796
I’m glad your newest recording was even better! We do need to laugh, (only possible in retrospect) about these little slides down the mountain. Some good stories of persistence!August 6, 2016 at 4:33 am #28848
Just noticing how many of our F%$£ ups are tech-related! Ha! Keep ’em coming.
🙂September 19, 2016 at 6:16 am #30434
Any new stories?
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