As someone who has stage experience in stand up comedy, music performance, corporate entertainment and presentations, as well as corporate video production, I get a lot of invitations to attend speaker meetings and events.
Right now I am getting deluged with invitations from national speakers organizations that contain what my wife calls “velfies” or video selfies. The video messages from these professional speakers are usually shot with a smart phone, very little preparation, production quality and are barely audible.
It’s hard to believe that someone would take their reputation and on screen persona on such a fall from grace. Your image is your image. It’s what you’re selling. When you degrade your only product into an afterthought, you run the risk of not being taken seriously and worse, not being taken at all.
I can just see one of these “professional speakers” sitting in a echoey room holding an iPhone at arms length and pitching one of these upcoming events.
Would I spend a couple of thousand dollars to attend this meeting after witnessing this Visine inducing experience? As Descartes wouldn’t say, “I think not”
Word to the wise: creating a video selfie to promote your event can be hazardous to your financial health and reputation.
Please try back during normal business hours.