A dash of creativity can help immensely when it comes to coping with things like grief, brain fog, or even when searching for a practical solution to a troubling situation. In today’s video below, Sheila Finkelstein’s shares some valuable tips to spark your creativity, along with some insight into she’s made use of it to cope with many things in her own life.

Sheila and I first connected online in November, 2014. I frankly don’t recall exactly how our paths crossed, but it was likely through one of the 178 mutual Facebook friends we have.

Like many of those mutual friends, Sheila and I are both members of the NAMS Insider community. NAMS stands for: Novice and Advanced Marketing System. The INSIDERS group is the mastermind subgroup for NAMS, that offers advanced training, networking, and other bonuses to members actively building their online businesses. It’s open to anyone to join. If you’re interested, check out the NAMS $1 trial membership here.

Be sure to see below the video on how to access the special free resources Sheila has made available to summit viewers. It includes: Reflections: Photos and Queries — Using Photography for BreakThrough Shifts in Seeing, Communicating, and Being, plus 7 Tips for Getting Out of a Funk.

See below the replay video for more information and tips on how I planned out the virtual summit and invited speakers.

Meet Sheila

Through one-on-one coaching and facilitating group classes on the web and live workshops, Sheila Finkelstein works with participants to bring them new insight, artistry and breakthroughs through the discipline and guidance of photography.

Her work and process provide innovative ways to move beyond linear blocks to the EXPRESSIVE CREATIVE INSIGHT that can produce WHOLE LIFE and business changes.

Sheila, published writer and photographer, has her Master’s degree in Creative Arts Education. She has been coaching for over 25 years. Experienced in many art media, she is particularly excited with the openings individuals experience with the simple, routine use of their digital cameras.

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Connect with Sheila

The best way to connect with Sheila and see all that she has to offer is to visit her main website, Treasure Your Life Now.

Also, for those interested in her Technology For Seniors Made Easy coaching programs, click here. Or contact Sheila by email.

Email: sheila@technologyforseniorsmadeeasy.com
Website: Treasure Your Life Now

Access Sheila’s special free resources as mentioned above and in the video by clicking here.

Sheila Finkelstein REFLECTIONS Report cover

TIPS on Hosting Your First Virtual Summit

If you haven’t yet, go read my post about the Low Tech Way to Host Your First Virtual Summit. In it you’ll learn some of the backstory to this one, and basic tips to consider. Also see the other replay posts in this series for additional information and suggestions.

3 Tips for Recording Live Virtual Events

1 – Remember to click the RECORD BUTTON
— You may be laughing now, but you won’t be if you to get to the end of a wonderful segment only to discover you forgot to record it! Trust me, it happens to the best of us. I don’t want you asking to borrow my Been there, Done that t-shirt.
— Without a recording, you won’t be able to offer event replays.
— You also won’t be able to repurpose those replays in other ways, as well. For instance, not only am I currently offering replays in a series of posts here, what you’re reading right now is another form of content repurposing … by way of me adding How to Host Your Own Virtual Summit tips to each post.
— And, I’m already in the process of repurposing these how-to tips into a new DIY course I’ll be offering currently titled: The Easy Way to Host Your First Virtual Summit.

2 – Have a recording backup plan. For this event, I went with the easiest option possible, Zoom‘s feature that allows me to let others also record the meeting. I simply asked guest speakers to also record their session as a backup measure.
— If computer bandwidth isn’t a problem for you, it’s also possible to use separate video recording software that can capture your screen and audio. I could have used Camtasia (a high quality paid software) or something else in my digital toolbox, like low cost Screencast-O-Matic. If money’s an issue, a free Loom account may be sufficient. While I use Loom for making many quick videos, I honestly haven’t tried using it as a backup option for something like this.

3 – Record each session as a separate file. Zoom makes that easy … as long as you remember to hit the record button each time!
— Note that I kept the same Zoom meeting going for the entire event time. With a Zoom Pro account (which I have) it’s possible for one meeting to go 6 full hours.
— I simply stopped and restarted the recording option on my Zoom control bar between each guest speaker session. When I finally ended the meeting at 4:30pm Zoom automatically saved each start/stop as separate files to my hard drive.
—- See the image below for what the final Zoom folder for that day looks like. Note the five separate mp4 (video) files. Notice the difference in how chat was saved as a single file. By the way, the reason the mp4 recording times only span a few minutes stems is because Zoom doesn’t start the downloads until the meeting has ended and the room is closed. Zoom does conveniently number both the audio and video recordings for you.
— A free Zoom account normally allows for 40 minute meetings, but you can end and start new meetings all day long. So, depending on your event, you may need to literally end the meeting after each speaker and restart a new meeting for the next one.
— You can also record just yourself within your own Zoom room. This is handy for recording separate intro and outro segments of you welcoming viewers, introducing sessions, and wrapping up at the end.
— Recording separate segments can eliminate or greatly reduce the need for post-production editing. Keep this in mind if you want to avoid having to edit sessions prior to offering replays.
—- Simply create a thumbnail image that you can upload at the same time you upload your video file to YouTube (free), or Vimeo account (see Vimeo’s features on what’s allowed), directly to your free Facebook business or group page, Amazon S3 account, or another platform that allows to you to upload and share video files.

Example Zoom meeting downloaded files

Next Time ….

I’ll share more background information and tips for hosting your own virtual summit, along with the replay for Donna Blevins’ fun and insightful session about changing your mindset on demand. You won’t want to miss it.

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Have you ever hosted or participated in a virtual summit? How did it work out for you? If you haven’t, have you considered hosting one … or being a speaker?

Is there anything in particular you’d like me to discuss in a future post?

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