So, I had such a good time this past weekend at WordCamp Denver talking about some of the lessons I learned as a soldier that I’m starting a new video series on the topic. This will be a weekly video series and will include things I’ve been able to apply to my business, mental and physical health topics, and a whole lot more. Hopefully people check it out and find it useful. If not, oh well I’m going to have fun doing it anyway.
As a little background, I served in the Connecticut Army National Guard for about 6 years as an infantry soldier. I did a tour to Afghanistan, and picked up a lot of lessons along the way.
The first one is up above. It came out on a Thursday, so I’ll probably stick to publishing on Thursdays unless there is a compelling reason to switch.
If you’re watching that video, I recorded it with the intention of it being a “hello world” sort of video. I’m also using it as a dry run to work out some kinks on the recording process. It’s not perfect, the next one probably won’t be either, but hopefully it’ll go a little smoother.
I’m hoping this generates genuine conversation. In order to have a conversation though, we need to get in touch with each other.
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I’m also going to try to make these videos as accessible as possible. That means each video will have captions and a transcript available. This should help anyone with visual or hearing impairments. If there is something else I can do to make these videos even more accessible, please let me know in the comments or send me an email.
What I want to do is introduce a series of videos that I’m going to be doing on lessons that I’ve learned while I was in the army.
I’ve done a few talks like this at various conferences in the past.
This past February at LoopConf I did a talk on mental health issues that I learned from my military experience.
At PressNomics last year I did a short lightning talk, touched a little bit on my military experience.
And most recently, at WordCamp Denver, just last week, I did a talk on business lessons that I learned while I was in the army.
And I really enjoyed preparing for these talks, giving the talks, and I especially enjoyed the conversations that I had with people afterwards.
I got to speak with lots of people that I might not have otherwise gotten to speak to if I hadn’t given these talks.
The problem that I’ve had with these talks, though, is that there’s just not enough time to cram in everything that I want to talk about into these short, sometimes 10, 15, 20 minute, some odd talks, where I have lots of information that I want to say.
I start preparing the slides for these presentations and I end up with way more topics than I could possibly fit into the time period that I have allotted to me. And so I end up cutting out a ton of it.
This past weekend, at WordCamp Denver, I limited myself to just two topics in the 20 some odd minutes that I had to talk.
And so it just wasn’t a ton of time, to fit everything in.
And I wanted to do these talks more frequently, but waiting for the next WordCamp to come along just seemed like it was inefficient.
So what I really want to do is put out these videos of maybe concentrated versions of these talks.
So instead of a 20-minute, 45-minute talk, or whatever, maybe just some short clips of key points that I would otherwise have put into a talk and have it more geared to a specific subject.
So each video will be talking about one specific thing, as opposed to multiple topics, that a longer talk at a conference might otherwise have.
My intention right now is to do a weekly video. We’ll see how that goes.
The videos, I guess they probably won’t be too long. They might be five minutes max, or so.
And I hope people are going to be able to get a lot out of it. I feel like there’s a lot to be learned from it.
Maybe no one’s going to watch these videos, who knows?
Regardless, this is something that I’m passionate about and something that I really want to share more about.
So I’m going to do these videos whether anybody’s watching or not. Hopefully people do, and hopefully people get a bunch out of it.