I’ve been on a non-fiction kick lately. I recently read two books each about an art medium in a particular year and only one of them was good. This blog is about the so-so one.Continue reading “Best. Movie. Year. Ever. and Can’t Slow Down”
What I Learned from a Year of Making Demo Videos
A year ago this month I was asked to make a video of a demo for a customer. It sounded easy. Flash forward a day and I still wasn’t happy with the product, but I had a deadline, so I handed it off to the customer.
Flash forward to June. I’m sitting in that customer’s offices with their new CEO and my Regional Vice President of sales. We didn’t have an agenda, but I’m asked to pull up the video. I warn the two of them that this was my first video so it’s rough, but we watch it together. We pause every minute or so and chat. It’s summer and it’s hot outside, but I’m hot under my collar having to hear my voice in front of others. The most sobering thing about being a sales engineer is having to hear your own voice. The meeting ends and self-critiques about my videos aside, it was positive. Two days later we landed the new logo customer, and they’re now off doing some really awesome things on Salesforce.
I learned a lot from the first vide, but now that I’ve done a baker’s dozen videos this year, I learned a few lessons that I want to share. Since Martin Scorsese is probably my favorite director, I’m going to reference him and his movies exclusively in this post.Continue reading “What I Learned from a Year of Making Demo Videos”
Saying Goodbye to Netflix DVDs
After being on and off again since June 2004, I’m done with renting DVDs from Netflix. I can remember when I signed up like it was yesterday: I just graduated high school, and received my first debit card. So what did I do with my newfound way to spend money? I signed up for Netflix.Continue reading “Saying Goodbye to Netflix DVDs”