This week, I entered a contest that required me to include a short video, like an audition of sorts. I had so much fun making the video, I decided to share it with you.
Here’s the setup:
In September I’m attending an event for bestselling authors, and they recently had a call for participant speakers. If I’m selected, I’ll be invited to give a 10-15 minute “TED-talk” style presentation on any topic I wish, related to business, life, or both. The audience are all experts in their specific fields, ranging from accountants, dentists and financial advisors to fitness gurus, business consultants, personal development authors, coaches, etc.
I submitted an application and, after I made the first round of cuts, they asked me to submit a short video as such:
“The next step in the voting process will allow for Summit attendees to vote on finalists based on the questions you answered earlier, as well as a 1-2 minute video, submitted by you, in which you further describe the message and main points of your speech.”
In other words, I submitted this video, and then my video will be posted with the other semi-finalists and the people who are registered to attend the event get to vote on who they want to see speak at the event. There will only be about a dozen finalists who will speak live, and then there’s another audience vote to determine the winner.
I’d love to win, but I’d especially love to speak, and there are other reasons I want to participate (which I am opting not to share here now.)
I talked to my agent (who works with the company who is facilitating the summit), and he advised me to be myself, don’t be afraid to talk about what I do, and be authentic and confident. So that’s what I went for. Plus the strong call to action to vote for me, because my intuition says very few others are going to do that, so it may make me stand out.