Expanding My Horizons

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So part of the whirlwind travels from this spring was my first trip to lynda.com to record my first  video title. It was a great experience and I thought I would share some of it with you.

I flew into LAX on a Sunday and drove up the 101 to Carpinteria (cue the Californians SNL references). Carpinteria is a nice sleepy beachside town with a friendly atmosphere and quaint downtown with lots of restaurants.

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Monday was the start of my recording. I was scheduled to do one title for the week, but that changed (more on that later). I was greeted by my producer Susan and lead to the recording booth where we set up shop for the week. I would sit in a soundproof booth with Susan on the other side at her station. Once set up she gave me a tour of the facilities.

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lynda (with a lower case “L”) is located on a sprawling campus across the highway from the ocean. Behind it you could see the mountains rising up with the sun. Beautiful and a great way to decompress from being in a recording booth.

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I had a couple of friends also recording that week so I made it a point to “pop in” and see them. I don’t think they cared…ha!  This also made for a more relaxing atmosphere.

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So, back to recording. I was asked to record one title for the week. Normal recordings from a new author would take about that time, with an average of 10 videos a day with cleanup on Friday. Monday morning alone I ended up busting out 16 videos. Not only was Susan impressed, but others took note too. (Thanks Bob and Jim for the ribbing.) That afternoon, I had over 30 videos “in the can” and was asked if I could write up another video course to record while I was visiting.

That night, I had the pleasure of having dinner with two friends that I don’t get to see enough – Mordy and Doug. I found out that Mondays are “Sushi Night” so we enjoyed a local establishment.

Tuesday afternoon I wrapped up recording the last of my 57 videos of the first series (only Julieanne Kost was faster) and got to work scripting my second series.

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Wednesday was a blur. I ended up recording all 32 videos of my second series and had my promo shots taken. All in all, it was a fun time but a lot of work and Susan, to her credit, stuck with me the whole way. She coached me through each edit and reworked elements with me. She made me sound smarter than I give myself credit for. Note to self – speak slooower…

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Susan and Kristin from lynda.com

Thursday was a slow day, let’s face it how could it get any faster? I met with some folks at lynda about ideas on upcoming titles and left excited to come back and do this all again. Next time I will come with three titles ready to go – just in case.

In conclusion, while it was a lot of work and my brain was fried by day 4, I learned a lot about how this all works, how to prepare in a short period of time, and also I learned more about myself and how I can be a better presenter in person (slooow down). Everyone at lynda was awesome but especially my producer Susan. She stuck with me and was very comfortable working and talking with. She made the experience very enjoyable and I look forward to working with her again.

So now my titles are in the cue and should be coming out soon. I will let you all know when they are released. I was nervous when I started this, but now I’m nervous waiting for the release dates like an expectant parent.

I also came back with a gift for you – A FREE 7 day trial of lynda.com. Just click the link below to sign up for your trial.

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