Coaching Session Turned Into a Slideshow/Video

Monday Breakthroughs

I recently recorded a coaching session/Webinar I had with two clients who wanted to get organized at work (that’s the number one way of creating more time). One is a small business owner (events planner) and the other in hotel sales. Clutter was taking over their lives and blocking them from reaching their full potential.

The next day, as I was listening to the recording, the idea hit me to create a video of this call and include the slides.

I considered different ways I could create this video and ended up doing it as follows.

Step One

The first thing I did was to edit the audio to a tight conversation that’s the right combination of my tips and how my clients understood them and will use them. Once that was perfected, I made a separate recording of my introduction to the video (the next time I do this, I’ll include this when I record the phone call).

Step Two

The next step was to save each slide in my PowerPoint presentation as pictures (here is a previous post I wrote on how to Save a PowerPoint Slide as a Picture). So now I have my audio and my PowerPoint slides in a format I can use. Next, I had to sync everything.

Step Three

I use Camtasia Studio. I created a new project and added both the audio files to the timeline. I also inserted all the slides into the Clip Bin as separate pictures. As I listened to the recording, I stopped every time I referenced a new slide. I’d then add the appropriate slide/picture to the timeline and adjust the recording to fit.

Step Four

Once I had the project the way I wanted it, I rendered it as a Flash video and uploaded it to Techsmith’s Website,

Finished Resource

Now I have a product: Monday Breakthroughs. You’ll be able to view the full video/presentation/training at your convenience, then join me on the phone any Monday for live group coaching that’s only for Q&A. (In addition to the video and phone coaching, you’ll also receive my ebook, Get Organized At Work, and a set of free Word documents that make it easy to create a filing system and will save you hours of work.)

Here’s the trailer.

Get all the details and sign up right here.

I went from a coaching call to developing a new product using tools I already know. I spent one day developing this instead of outsourcing, waiting months, going back and forth until I could get exactly what I wanted, completely stressing out, and paying a ton of money.

My question to you: how can you take what you know and create products to sell while you sleep? Leave a comment with your ideas.

What’s Next?

I think my next project will cover how to improve your email habits and etiquette, and how to manage email overload using Outlook. I’ll keep you posted.


Interview: Shameless Self Promotion

I was recently interviewed by Geetesh Bajaj, a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and administrator of the popular Website, Indezine. We reconnected at a recent PowerPoint conference and he was there during my keynote, Shameless Self Promotion. This interview is a result of that and I thought you might enjoy it.

The Interview

In this discussion, Peggy discusses her Shameless Self Promotion concept, and how it has a  PowerPoint angle.

Geetesh: Tell us more about what you mean by Shameless Self Promotion, and how it helps?

Peggy: At first glance, you might think I mean boasting to everyone who will listen about how wonderful you think you are. But I’m referring to promoting what you know, and doing it online, to boost your search engine rankings.

This whole notion started when I …read more here.


Optimize Images for Search Engines Before Uploading to Flickr

Before uploading photos to sharing sites such as Flickr, take a few minutes to change the filename and use some of your keywords. This is a largely untapped way to boost your search engine rankings.

I had some great photos from a recent event (the grand opening of my new training facility, The Digital Breakthroughs Institute). Before uploading the photos to Flickr, I did a couple of things first.

Rename photos by the batch. I didn’t want to upload the photos using the weird names from the digital camera. Those filenames show up in the search engines so I wanted to use this opportunity to display my keywords. Here’s how to rename all your photos at once.

  1. Find the photos you want to upload. Make this simpler by putting all the photos in one folder.
  2. Click to select all the photos you want to rename.
  3. Right-click on the first photo in the bunch, and click Rename.
  4. Give this photo a good name, using your keywords. Press Enter when you’re finished. All the photos will have the same name, but will be numbered separately.

Resize the photos by the batch. If your files are huge and you need to resize them, don’t do it one photo at a time. Here is a blog post titled, Resize a Bunch of Photos by the Batch I wrote that gives instructions on how to do this (and read readers’ comments for more solutions).

Once the photos are uploaded, tag each one and add descriptions using more of your keywords. And make sure you add links to your Website in the Description field.