Hello again; I hope you are well. Today, instead of sharing wisdom, I’m here to ask for your opinions and suggestions.
While I know it takes time to establish a new business, and it has only been about eight months since I started offering coaching services; I still wonder if there is anything I could be doing to help bring myself to the attention of people needing my services. I want your help with my website.
Just like with my primary business site the midway marketplace I am always seeking ways to make my sites more appealing and engaging. I figure you can always find ways to improve. When I asked people what they thought of my new site, most said it wasn’t clear enough what my site was about.
Making my site’s message clearer
So, I went into the home page and added some text. I mentioned some of my accomplishments and told people that I believe that I can help them accomplish similar goals and dreams. I advised that life should be a thrill ride and suggested that it was time they bought a ticket.
Next, I recorded a video introducing myself. It starts with me singing the river by garth brooks. It is a very uplifting song in my mind, and it is becoming my unofficial theme song. Again I mentioned past successes and told people that I felt I was the ideal coach to help them walk their own path.
Then I shared all of this online. I was especially interested in getting feedback from people in groups focused on coaching and or marketing. And I got a lot of great responses. There were two suggestions I heard the most. One, break the video into three parts and have people click through from one to the next. And two, whatever I decided don’t take out the singing.
type of help needed
And that brings me to where you can help. I was encouraged to write out a script or at least a general outline of what would be in each of the three videos. I worked up some ideas and again asked for opinions. I got some great suggestions and have refined them even more. Now, I have three blocks of text I want you to review for me. I want help making them more powerful, persuasive, attention grabbing, whatever you call it. I want to make a better case for people hiring me to assist them on their journey.
I also want your opinion on auto play verses people having to click a link or button. I know that most people say the best way is to leave the choice up to the visitor. However, I wonder if given how many people like my singing if maybe I shouldn’t take a gamble and go with an auto loading video at least for part one.
Of course, this means that I would have to find out if doing something like that is even possible. I wouldn’t want it to play every time just the first time someone visits the site. And I imagine this would involve a plug in or code that uses a cookie. If you have knowledge of the technical issues involved, I’d love to hear from you.
Proposed intro video part 1
I will start with the first verse of the river without the chorus. I think it is a very appropriate song for these videos. i can copy and paste the lyrics if anyone isn’t already familiar with the garth brooks song.
after the singing I say Hello ladies and gentleman I’m maxwell ivey max to my friends and that is what I hope we will become. In this video you will learn about me and why I’m the person you need to help you accomplish that big goal you have for yourself. And as your friend I know you have a dream in your heart. There is some big goal like starting your own business, running a marathon, getting your high school diploma or a college degree, learning a foreign language or how to play the guitar, or the big one losing weight and finally getting healthy. You do have such a dream, and you believe you need help achieving it; or you wouldn’t be here watching this video. And I can help you accomplish these goals. Why do I believe that? Because I have been where you are. I have been depressed listless with no goals or ambitions merely going from one day to the next. I have gone from being a failed carnival owner to running my own amusement equipment brokering business and becoming one of the recognized experts in the field. With the help of gastric surgery, learning to eat healthier, getting regular exercise, meditation, prayer, and a positive outlook. I have gone from weighing over 500 pounds and being on a variety of prescription medicines to weighing 255 pounds being completely free of prescriptions and in the best physical shape of my life. And in addition to this I currently run two websites and two blogs, record youtube videos, write guest posts, appear on podcasts and radio shows and write and publish an ebook. I didn’t do it all by myself. I had a lot of help and encouragement along the way. But I had to do the hard work. I had to show up every day and take action. And did I mention that I am almost totally blind and perform all my online tasks using a screen reader. So I know you can accomplish your goals too. You just need some help. You need someone to help you define your goal, determine the necessary steps, encourage you to take action, and then help to keep you motivated along the way. I believe I am the person who can do this for you. We can do it together. click the next video and I’ll tell you more.
Proposed intro video part 2
This time i would pick up with verse two of the river and then tell people thanks I’m glad to see that you have decided to keep listening.
I didn’t originally start out to be a coach. I didn’t even see myself as an inspiration. I thought of myself as just a guy who worked hard every day to support my family. This was true when I was trying to keep the family carnival from failing, it was true when i started selling amusement equipment, and its still true for me today. The difference is that friends have shown me how many people there are out there who have no physical disabilities and yet who aren’t doing anything special with their lives. You aren’t satisfied with the way things are but you are unable to see how to change things. That or you are afraid ow the what ifs like what if I fail, what if people laugh, what if people stop being my friends, and on and on. So, you continue to just go through the days sleep walking through your life unable or unwilling to take a chance and improve your life. I’m here to challenge you to come along with me on an adventure. I want to hear what you would do if you had the courage to do it. I want to hear about that dream that you have never told anyone about. And then I want to help you make it a reality. I want you to go from listless bored dispassionate waiting for the day when your kids are gone, or you can retire from the job you hate, or until that mythical someday and transform you to someone with passion energy and a belief in a better future. Just imagine yourself walking across the stage with your diploma or degree. Picture yourself crossing the finish line of a 5 k a half marathon, a marathon, or even a triathlon. Think how great it would be to take a trip and be able to converse in another language. Imagine the satisfaction of starting and building your own business. Whatever your goal or dream is the only thing stopping you from achieving it is you and your willingness to take that first step. I’m here ready to walk that path with you if you are ready. Then click the next video.
Proposed intro video part 3
okay in this one I start out with the third verse of the river which is very short. then i thought I could share my experience with writing my own book and include a thought about how it felt when i held my book in my hands for the first time. figured i could mention some of the process and let people know that it was hard long and drawn out but i was able to get there by taking one step after another and staying positive. then I thought my call to action would be to ask them to sign up to my email list but i want to change the sign up form. though i want it to include spaces for what is your goal and what is one step you could take today in addition to the usual name and email.
I just realized that there is one other thing you could help me with. While I feel that my singing is good, I think it would have an even better impact if I could record it with the music behind me. I have found a good instrumental track for the river, but I am having trouble figuring out the technical details of recording multiple track audio and video at the same time. Perhaps someone has a suggestions as to how I could manage this.
I have wondered about the possibility of working with someone who has better equipment, hardware or software that is. I even wonder about recording my part and then having someone add the music track in later. However, I will continue to follow my number one rule do what you can as well as you can today and do more or do it better tomorrow. I can be happy for now with using my voice alone.
I have put this project off for far too long. I have allowed myself to fall into the trap of perfectionism. Well, no more. I am depending upon you to help me hold myself accountable. That’s why I’m sharing this today. My plan is to have the videos recorded, uploaded to my site, and announced on social media within one week from today meaning by 8:00 Am central time April 8 in time to mention on my next radio show appearance.
I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments section. And if you don’t feel comfortable sharing there, then please send me an email or message me on one of my social media networks.
Sharing is caring
And I want as much feedback as possible in the time available, so be sure and share this post with your friends, family, coworkers, and social media networks. Please encourage people to visit and share their thoughts. I want to help as many people as possible. However, to continue to do this, I do need to generate income from coaching and book sales. If I’m not delivering a message that makes people see my services as a necessity or a must have then I need to correct that. Your help and the help of your friends is critical to my future success.
Well, thanks so much for your support and encouragement. I know that reading my posts, leaving thoughtful comments, and sharing on social media takes time. I know we are all far too busy. And I want you to know that this isn’t something I say. I honestly don’t believe I could do this without you. And I believe there are people out there who would be much better off if they weren’t trying to do what they are doing without me. So, thanks for being part of my online family.
If you have anything I can help you with, please just ask. It doesn’t have to be something big. You are welcome to share your successes, struggles, and disappointments with me. I am a very good listener. I also love meeting new people and making new friends. So feel free to write any time.
Well, that’s it for today. Take care out there, Max