What I Learned from Volunteering for an “Easy” Project and Why Jumping Into Something New is a Great Reminder…

Speaking at Millionaire Coach Secrets
Speaking at Millionaire Coach Secrets

It seemed like such a great idea!

As part of my training role within The Marketing Mentors’ Business Navigator program, I was set to attend and speak at the private Millionaire Coach Secrets event last month.

We had several Navigators who couldn’t make it to the event and I had an iPad… surely it couldn’t be that difficult to shoot a few videos and send to them so they’d get to see little pieces of the event.

So I proposed the idea and got a green light to go for it as a “hey this won’t be professional, it’s me sneaking in my iPad and just filming clips for you” kind of thing. Cool, right?

After about the first hour of the event I realized I’d missed a whole lot of things that probably should have occurred to me, such as…

  • I had no idea how to get video from my iPad to my laptop to edit…
  • I needed to quickly learn to edit audio, as the sound quality wasn’t great.
  • Rendering videos, even short ones takes a really long time!
  • Hotel wifi = not the fastest connection for uploading to YouTube.
  • That cool intro I had made on Fiverr, it rocked but I had to remember to use it!
  • While I’ve used Camtasia a few times, it has way more features than I’d realized and I didn’t know how to use half of them.
  • Shooting video standing in boots with 5″ heels was more difficult than I’d thought it’d be (bye bye cute boots, hello me walking around the room barefoot!).
  • It’s really hard to hold an iPad still, and Amazon has these super adorable little tripods for tablets–I need one.
  • Getting decent shots required me moving around the room and at one point standing in the middle of the crowd (yikes! *leaving comfort zone alarm*).
  • And more…

Ever get that feeling you just bit off a little more than you can chew?  But you’re determined to get it done anyway?

Thankfully, I’ve got Google and smart friends, so I quickly figured out the answers to the above and most of the other challenges I ran into, with a little creative searching and asking for help.  It didn’t come out perfect, but it got done.  Next time I can improve.

Here’s a sneak peek of what one of the speakers shared:

Check out Kristin Thompson and her upcoming live event at http://www.theriseliveevent.com/.

Biggest lesson learned?  There’s always a learning curve AND you can get through it super fast when you’re committed to completing something!

I couldn’t just walk away from it when I realized I had no idea how to make it all work right.  Jump and build your wings on the way down.  I learned a LOT in the process.

For me, the biggest reminder was that just throwing yourself into something you want to do is a great way to learn the skills you need quickly.

It also reminded me what it’s like to feel “new” to something and lost.  When we’re good at what we do, it’s easy to lose touch with that “beginner” feeling.  Wow.  Mix of excitement, anticipation, and oh no what did I just get myself into?  Remembering that will help me when I’m working with clients who are brand new to what I’m teaching them.

What have you done lately that was “new” for you?  What lessons did you learn in the process?

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7 Comments

  1. Hehe, not necessarily business-related but about 2 weeks ago we got a puppy and we thought it’d be easy, right?
    And yes, just like you, many times these past weeks I told myself: “oh no what did I just get myself into?”
    But soon we realized that he’s also a lot of fun, it gives everybody in the family a chance to spend more time together around him, he teaches responsibility for kids to take care of him and do other chores around the house.
    And yes, I found out it’s fairly easy to wake up promptly at 6 AM in the morning every day to walk him, this way getting lots of exercise and starting the day all energized :)

  2. This is something really simple … it’s simple because I learned how to do it. I wanted to replace PayPal buy button with a different image and center that image on my sales page.

    In my mind I thought it was going to be difficult. But it was not … I uploaded my image to photobucket, added the image link to PayPal’s option for creating buy button, I then added to the beginning of the button code and at the end of the code.

    Yeah! I did it! I worked out a couple of hiccups along the way.

    “You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment”? Israelmore Ayivor
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  3. I think you did an awesome job, Michelle. Reminds me of the few times I learned new software on -the-fly to complete some freelance work. Haven’t tackled Camtasia to this level yet … and need to!
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  4. Hi Michelle,

    Often time I feel “beginner feeling” and take google for answers. I am learning to make banner ads that really converts. It’s still on the progress though so I can’t tell how it works. But I am learning new stuff on editing image and so on. I guess it going to add my expertise after sometime.
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  5. I can sure relate, Michelle, jut from doing my first 30-day UBC in April. I’m still learning the ins and outs of WordPress although I am much faster at it. They say the devil is in the details and until you’ve walked or rather muddled your way through one more beginner phase, it’s better to add on a fair amount of extra time nad some special rewards for a job well done. In the words of International Speaker Champion Darren La Croix, “done is better than perfect!” Thanks for sharing your story!
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  6. you’re so brave, Michelle! It’s very true, sometimes we just need to say yes and then learn as we go ;-) Being my old conservative self I sometimes forget that this is an option! Thanks for the reminder ;-))
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  7. Thanks for sharing your journey – and showing you are human! I’m amazed at how quickly I’ll leave my comfort zone when I’m feeling “under the gun” to follow-through on a commitment (yeah for you for standing in the middle of the crowd!).

    Recently I found myself on the learning end of a group coaching class (vs. the teaching end) and you verbalized my feelings exactly “Mix of excitement, anticipation, and oh no what did I just get myself into?” It certainly reminded me of what my clients go through!

    One of the strategies I try to implement whenever I try something new is the Rule of 3. Whatever time estimate I give to the new task, I multiply it by 3. Since it’s new – I’m in the “I don’t know what I don’t know” phase and completing the task is sure to take 3 times as long as I think it will!

    Awesome post!
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