Insights from a Military Parent (Part 2): Understanding Parenting Decisions

first_imgToday we continue our series, “Insights from a Military Parent,” an ongoing discussion in which Rhonda, military spouse and mom of two young boys, responds to questions that arose from her telling of her family’s experience living through two deployments with two young children during our webinar presentation, “Intentional Connection: Establishing Positive Relationships Between Child Care Providers and Military Parents.”In today’s post, Rhonda talks to child care professionals about a critical aspect of building and maintaining a positive relationship with parents: understanding the parenting choices that they make, especially in times of stress and disruption.Question: In talking about your family’s experiences, you’ve mentioned that at times you made parenting decisions during the stressful times that were more lenient, accommodating, etc., than usual. As a teacher, I might see that parenting choice and be critical of it, especially if I am unaware of all that you are dealing with. What message would you like to communicate to providers about the parenting choices they observe?Rhonda: During the various phases of deployment the stress levels fluctuate greatly from feeling like you have it under control to feeling wildly out of control and at your wit’s end. At times I have made choices to alleviate stress on myself or on my children. As a parent, there were times when I took personal leave from work to simply have a day to myself. Sometimes, I used personal leave and kept the boys at home for their emotional and mental health as well. This is a choice that might seem controversial if one of the goals is to provide children with a routine and stability. It might help to understand that sometimes I made that choice following a particularly bad night for the boys, when nightmares or insomnia kept them from feeling rested. Other times I made that choice following three or four days of increasing conflict between us. While it might appear that I am rewarding their bad behavior, in reality I recognized, after many months of banging my head against the wall, that they were experiencing separation anxiety and fear. Having a day, other than a weekend which was usually dedicated to household chores, to simply play or go to the park with me usually put us all in a better mood. Yes, it was a break in the routine, but afterwards they usually behaved better in school and at home.Working full time, raising two boys, and dealing with everything else in the household takes a toll after a while. Mornings can be especially rough trying to get everyone dressed and out the door to beat the traffic and get to work on time. Some mornings it just wasn’t worth battling over clothes, shoes, or how many toys could ride in the car on the way to school. This included breakfast options as well. There were mornings when the boys would enjoy left over pizza or bags of dry cereal because I forgot to get milk the day before. Thankfully, there was usually a good breakfast waiting for them at school. These aren’t parenting choices we would make if my husband were home. I made these choices to keep myself from losing patience and getting upset over small things that really don’t matter.Issues with homework may be the most upsetting for educators to hear about. I can almost hear the collective “hmmmm” as you prepare to read this next bit. When my husband first deployed at the start of the school year there were nights when my oldest and I went round and round on the homework. He would cry to the point of hysteria and I just didn’t have the heart to push him. You see, his dad usually did homework with him, while I worked with his younger brother. I wrote a note to his teacher to let her know what we were experiencing. Because he is in special ed and was at that tipping point of either loving or hating school we didn’t push it hard. She helped him catch up at school, gave him a list of homework to be accomplished and then put him in charge of telling me what needed to be done. Once he realized he had ownership of his homework, he allowed me to help him. The crying stopped within the first two weeks. Every now and then we don’t get the homework done in the evening and both boys understand they have to wake up early to finish it. If dad were home, there would be no option but to complete the homework before bedtime or playtime. As the sole peacemaker, disciplinary, comforter, task master, maid, cook, medic, etc. I don’t always feel like battling it out. Surprisingly, it only takes waking up at 5:00 AM to do homework to realize it is better to do it the night before and sleep-in.One other thing to note during the pre- and post-deployment phases is that sometimes we take three or four day weekends to do things as a family. During the second deployment I took the boys out of school for a week so I could travel to a job interview in another state to be closer to family. We always felt supported by the school in these matters because we communicated in advance and tried to make sure all class work and homework was completed – most of the time we were able to get it done, sometimes we didn’t. I am not advocating taking children out of school on a whim; I am simply sharing our specific circumstances that called for a more flexible way of life.Remember, all home front parents have unique circumstances. The age of the children, their emotional and academic needs, stress, family support, community support, access to resources, financial issues, etc. can all effect our parenting decisions. We are doing the best we can, and we want to do what is best for our children. Clear and supportive communication, knowledge of child development, and compassion are the characteristics and skills of child care providers and educators that make them ideal partners for home front parents during deployment.Next week’s question: Why do you think some military parents may be uncomfortable talking to child care professionals?Part 1: The Power of Hearing Their StoriesPart 3: Why I’m Reluctant to Talk to YouPart 4: Responding to Misbehavior with CompassionPart 5: Adjusting to Home Life after Deployment_______________________________This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.last_img read more

Paris vs New York: Beautiful Motion Design

first_imgBeautifully executed motion design video!  Two of the world’s most cosmopolitian cities are put head-to-head using brilliant typography and a clean graphic style.In an Internet full of daily new motion design projects, here’s a real standout. Artfully conceived and designed, this motion design project excels in simplicity.  French designer Tony Miotto digs into the heart of each city, Paris and New York, and pulls out the people, places and things that typify them best.  He then pairs up these dichotomous items in a unique visual style (ex. baguette and bagel).An excellent use of sound design and fast pacing merits repeated viewings to ‘take it all in’.  It just goes to show some of the best motion design is simple…and well thought out.Visit Tony’s Vimeo page or personal website to see more work.Best viewed full screen:last_img read more

GEAR: Final Cut Pro X Video Editing Controllers

first_imgLooking for a new way of working on your video editing projects?  Two new iPad based controllers for FCPX offer a unique workflow, but are they really more efficient?Final Cut Pro X hasn’t come to the iPad…yet.  But PROCUTX and CTRL + Console are two applications that integrate your FCPX video editing into an iPad interface.Video editing software and plugin maker Pixel Film Studios is really making a splash in 2013, with a slew of new FCPX plugins and effects and a new editing interface.  The PROCUTX is a revolutionary iPad based video editing controller that allows you to complete common Final Cut Pro X video editing related tasks using your iPad.For $25 you can install the app on your iPad (or iPad mini) and reap the benefits of having a ton of FCPX controls on one slick screen.  A jog wheel takes center stage, allowing you to skim through your video editing timeline.  The app works over a shared WiFi connection.Although the creators claim it will speed up “every step of the FCPX editing process” some early users have reported a bit of a latency in the controls (which may be due in part to the strength of the WiFi signal).  The single pane control panel has keys for common editing tasks (select, cut, trim) as well as more specialized post production tools (color correction, import/export and creating compound clips).  To save time, there’s even some autocorrection buttons for quickly cleaning up noise and color issues with your footage.From the surface, PROCUTX looks like a pretty slick tool that’s a no-brainer for FCPX video editors looking to make their workflow more efficient.  Like any new technology however, it’s not without it’s limitations and user adjustment curve – read some thoughts by early adopters over at FCP.co.NoFilmSchool reports possible updates to the iPad video editing controller in future releases including:Siri-like voice command capabilitiesMultiple [in-app screens] iPad integration for separate color-grading, audio controls, effect controlsSocial Sharing capabilities Another FCPX iPad controller scheduled to hit the market this year is CTRL + Console, the successfully funded Kickstarter campaign of technologist Jeff Chow.  The Kickstarter campaign raised over $40,000 in the fall of 2012 for Chow’s iPad based video editing control surface that works with multiple applications including FCP, FCPX and Adobe Premiere Pro.  Additional development is being done to create consoles for working in Adobe Lightroom as well.CTRL + Console is designed so the editor can keep their eyes on video playback while editing with gestures on the app.  Favoring gestures over traditional buttons, is really what makes this app such an attractive tool for speeding up a video editing workflow.Unfortunately a release date has not yet been set, so there’s no telling when this FCPX iPad controller will be available for public use.  We’ll keep our eyes out for the release and will keep you updated on this blog.Are you using a controller or jog wheel in your video editing?If so, which product/brand do you prefer?  Share your advice in the comments below!last_img read more

New Mac Pro Release Imminent

first_imgApple has announced a fall 2013 marketing event and the new Mac Pros are on the agenda.It’s been over a year since Apple released a minor upgrade to the Mac Pro and over three years since any significant update to this ‘workhorse’ system for creative professionals. In June of 2013, Apple gave a sneak preview of a radically redesigned Mac Pro (to largely mixed reviews)…but no further info on when the new computer would be available.Now, Apple has announced an invite-only event on October 22, 2013 that will surely shed more light into the future of the new Mac Pro. According to CurrentEditorials.com, Apple is expected to make public a Mac Pro release date (which is likely be before December).Although the event will likely focus around updates to the Apple iPad line, the new Mac Pro will ‘get some stage time as well” (as reported by AllThingsD.com). Will Apple address the concerns by creative professionals that were raised after the sneak peek (lack of expandability, little support for third party hardware, no Nvidia option)? We’ll know soon enough. Get more info on the new Mac Pro at Apple.com.What is you initial impressions of the new Mac Pro?Share your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more

The Best of #PostChat: Post Production Q&A Archive

first_imgEver missed a #PostChat Twitter conversation and wished you could go back and read it in full?#PostChat meetup at NAB 2014 (from Avid)The weekly #postchat event hosted by Gordon Burkell (@AOTGNetwork), Tej Babra (@tejbabra) and Jesse Averna (@Dr0id), is a brilliant opportunity to ask post production professionals from around the world, any question you like on that week’s topic (there’s a new topic each week). PostChat is a twitter based chat for post-production professionals that occurs every Wednesday at 6 PM PST (9PM EST).Previous topics have included editing feature films (led by the editor of Sharknado 2),  cutting award winning documentaries, handling audio, motion graphics, women in post, visual effects and many, many more. #PostChat is also a fantastic way for the gathered post production community to share it’s collective wisdom, experience and advice with the rest of the world.But if you missed the live question and answer session, fear not! Thanks to editor Liam Johnson, (@editorliam) you can quickly catch up on that week’s #postchat and explore an extensive Storify archive of previous weeks. Check out Liam’s complete archive here.One of the most popular #postchat collections in Liam’s archive was the week spent discussing the best practices for starting a project which you can check out here. If you want to get involved in #postchat session then the best way is to make use of this Twitter ‘chat room’.last_img read more

Which Canon Lens is Best?

first_imgBuying gear? This lens analysis series tells us which Canon lens you should purchase next.When you’re going out to purchase a camera, odds are it will come with a kit lens. If you’re extra lucky that kit lens will be something like a 24-105 f/4-5.6 L series. Kit lenses are great for beginners and sometimes a much better deal than simply buying lenses separately, but after you’ve shot on a kit lens for a while you’ll probably want to upgrade to something a little better.Let’s pretend that you have just won the lottery and want to buy the best Canon lens in the world, but with dozens of options which one is best?The following series created by the awesome people at SLR Lounge gives us some insight into the Canon family of lenses. The series covers Canon lenses at every focal length up to 300mm. By the time you get done watching you should have some keen insight into what lens is best for your shooting situations. In fact, it’s pretty interesting to see that the best lens isn’t always the most expensive one.This video series was created by SLR Lounge. You can check out more photography related video tutorials on SLR Lounge’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys! If you are interested in learning more about how camera lenses work we highly suggest checking out our Understanding Lenses series here on the PremiumBeat blog.Have a favorite Canon lens? Think any of them are overrated? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

9 Must-Read Filmmaking Articles (June 2015)

first_imgFind out what the industry is talking about with this collection of recent must-read filmmaking articles.June is traditionally a quiet time for filmmaking. Luckily for us, this year is quite the exception. With big announcements from Apple and YouTube this is an exciting time to be a filmmaker. If you haven’t seen the following articles, they are definitely a must-read for any filmmaker.1. 10 Reasons Why CGI is Getting Worse, Not BetterIt’s no secret that the world of VFX is highly competitive with each production house trying to top the next. But, has CGI gotten out of hand? In this insightful post from Michael James at RocketStock, we take a look at a few of the problems with the CGI industry. It’s interesting to see the narrative difference between CGI of the past and CGI of today.2. 9 Great YouTube Channels For FilmmakersYou don’t have to spend a lot of money to learn about filmmaking. In fact, you don’t have to spend a dime at all. With these nine YouTube channels, you can learn everything you could possibly want to know and more about filmmaking and editing.3. Cinematography Tips For Horror FilmmakersIf you want to distribute your horror film in time for Halloween, now is a great time to start shooting. These quick techniques can be used to create an eerie vibe on your next horror production. One of the more interesting techniques mentioned is underexposing your shots. Do you think this is a good idea or do you prefer to dial down the exposure in post?4. 10 Essential After Effects TricksIt’s no secret that After Effects is an incredibly deep program. A few seconds saved here and there can add up to hours and days over time. These ten After Effects tricks shared by RocketStock are all designed to help us save extra time.5. The New Version of OSX Will Greatly Improve Performance of Adobe CC Video Apps If you haven’t heard the news from WWDC 2015, Apple will be updating the operating systems for both their mobile and desktop devices in the fall. This update — labeled ‘El Capitan‘ — will bring increased speeds to Apple computers. In some cases, your computer will receive a 40x increase in processing speed. However, the most notable news for filmmakers is that After Effects  is expected to increase in speed by 8x when the update is released. This is also interesting news considering Apple and Adobe haven’t always been software partners in the past.6. Hello Future: YouTube Now Officially Hosts 8K VideosIt’s no secret that users have had the option to upload 8K videos to YouTube for some time. However, YouTube is now allowing users to stream 8K content to their devices. Now if only we had an 8K screen…7. Canon 35MM f/1.4L II Rumored to be Coming by End of 2015 Canon also recently announced a brand new 35mm F/1.4L II lens to serve as the sequel to their already popular 35mm professional lens. As DIY Photography points out in the article above, this move is likely a direct response to Sigma’s Art Lens which is taking the Photography world by storm. Will this new lens be worth buying?8. Top Ten Lessons on Filmmaking From David LynchDavid Lynch is revered for pushing the narrative boundaries of film, so what can we as filmmakers and artists learn from him? In this insightful article from Bhushan Mahadani, we take a look at a few inspiring quotes from David Lynch and breakdown their implications for us as filmmakers.9. 5 DIY Lighting Tips For Filmmakers on a BudgetWhile we definitely always encourage a well-rounded budget, it’s no secret that between cameras, lenses, stabilizers, audio, and crew, lighting is often one of the last big pieces of equipment purchased. While this is unfortunate, it’s not the end of the world. Using these 5 DIY lighting tips, you can easily get great film lighting on a micro budget.Want to learn even more about filmmaking? Check back here on the PremiumBeat blog daily where we share tips, tricks, and news all about filmmaking and video editing.Have any other awesome articles you’d like to share? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

The 11 Best Filmmaking Apps for iPhone

first_imgIt can be dangerous to navigate film sets alone! Take these filmmaking apps for iPhone with you.Top image via ShutterstockHere are eleven of the best iPhone apps for filmmakers. These awesome iPhone apps can help you with all aspects of filmmaking, from pre-production to production to post. Just be sure to keep your phone on silent once the director calls action. 1. theGripAppTheGripApp is basically your pocket guide to being an on-set grip. It includes a complete database of every dolly, knot and clamp with pictures, diagrams and specifics on how they’re used. The filmmaking app is perfect for beginners looking to learn or seasoned pros to use as reference.2. ShotListShotList is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a digital way to manage, view and edit your shot list on your iPhone. The filmmaking app also allows you to add photos and manage a storyboard as well.3. Green ScreenerThis handy app works similar to a light meter for lighting an even key. While not a complete replacement for a light meter and good eye, the app helps by breaking down color variables to show you different color levels.4. MatchLensMatchLens is a nifty little filmmaking app for iPhone that allows you to match the same field of view between cameras and lenses. It’s most useful when planning to match location scout photos or footage to your production camera for focal lengths and fields of view.5. 3D STShooting 3D footage is no easy task. Luckily apps like 3D ST exist to help with depth of field, parallax and convergence calculations for stereoscopic 3D. The app also includes a detailed glossary of terms and information when trying to navigate in the third dimension.6. Artemis Directors ViewfinderHave trouble visualizing what your shot would look like through different lenses? Of course you do. Everyone does. This filmmaking app for iPhone lets you take a photo with your iPhone and view overlays that show the difference between different fields of view.7. DSLR Filmmaker ToolkitThe DSLR Filmmaker Toolkit is several useful apps rolled into one. The app has a leveler, slate, shot log, viewfinder, depth-of-field calculator and sunrise/sunset table. Pretty neat. Very helpful.8. AJA DataCalcThe DataCalc computes storage requirements for your video files. The filmmaking app works with pretty much all of the industry formats and compression methods. You can also use the app to calculate time results in a variety of formats as well.9. Cinema FormsCinema Forms is a producer’s dream. The iPhone app is a paperless (obviously) compilation of any and every form you’ll ever need from pre-production through post. You can work on the forms interactively through the app or share as a PDF through Dropbox or email.10. Kodak Cinema ToolsKodak’s grab bag of filmmaking tools is sweet haul of practical gadgets. The pack has your standard depth of field and sunrise/sunset calculators along with some nifty Kodak-specific info tools for their products and film stocks.11. Celtx ShotsCeltx Shots, which syncs up with your online Celtx Studio, gives your iPhone access to their full array of script and storyboard setups — including camera blocking schematics, lighting/set setups and an animatic built-in storyboard player.Are you an Android user? Check out our must have Android apps. Have any other useful iPhone filmmaking apps you’d like to add? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Retrograding Digital Footage with the Editors of Documentary Now!

first_imgWant to get your DSLR video to look like vintage 16mm black and white? Let’s explore how to retrograde digital footage with the editors of the mockumentary IFC show Documentary Now!There are plenty of reasons for retrograding footage to make it look like it was shot forty years ago and on film. One of those reasons might be because you’re an editor for IFC’s mockumentary television show Documentary Now! starring Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. Another reason might be because you think it looks cool.Regardless of your reason, background, or editing prowess, if you’re curious, it’s actually a pretty fun problem to solve (and surprisingly not that difficult). Here’s a sneak peek into how the Documentary Now! team works.If you’re interested in retrograding your footage, whether in Adobe’s Creative Cloud or organically, here are some techniques to consider.Old Movie Effects in Premiere ProLike the Documentary Now! team shows, you can do some basic retrograding in Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including in their flagship program Premiere Pro. Evan – Creative Tuts gives a breakdown on how to add background scratches and tone tints to manipulate your footage to look like it was filmed on an old-timey video camera. It’s a quick technique for punching up flashbacks or faking old footage.Vintage Effects in After EffectsIf you’re looking for a little more control to stylize your retrograde, working in After Effects will probably be your best bet. Luckily, one of our PremiumBeat contributors has created a tutorial that shows you how to build a couple of different vintage looks into your project. You can view the video above and follow the links in the bio to download the free assets and presets to help you along your way.Vintage Presents in Final Cut ProAlong with presets for After Effects and Premiere Pro, there are also resources available for creating similar retrograded looks in Apple’s Final Cut Pro. This Shutterstock tutorial shows how to install and use ten free presets to quickly upload and retrograde your footage for a variety of vintage and retro looks.Bonus Overlays and PresetsIf you’re still looking for some more assets and presets to overlay on your footage, here are a few more free PremiumBeat assets and tutorials (like the 1980s style logo reveal above). Hopefully, with a little creative inspiration and a good base of resources, you can retrograde your digital footage to mirror the same styles as those seen in the classic clips from Documentary Now!5 Free Camera Overlays20 Free After Effects Color Presets14 Free Lumetri Color Grading Presets Have any other tips or tricks for retrograding footage? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

DaVinci Resolve: THE Total Guide to the Best Free Video Editor

first_imgFind out everything you need to get started in DaVinci Resolve with this complete, six-part video guide to the best free video editor on the market.I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had a chance to master DaVinci Resolve yet. There are a lot of small details and techniques about Resolve that I’ve picked up from various videos over the years, but I haven’t been able to just sit down and take the time to learn the thing.DaVinci Resolve has always amazed me — what was once the industry-leading color grading software that only a small group of filmmaking professionals could use (or afford) became the industry’s best free editing software, and it is still the industry-leading color correction software.Image via Blackmagic Design.Yes, that’s right, DaVinci Resolve is a completely free download, and if you don’t have a copy of it on your machine, click here: DaVinci Resolve Download. (You’ll find the download link at the bottom of the page).It can be daunting to learn an entirely new NLE. Luckily, Lewis McGregor has our backs. Lewis is a certified Blackmagic trainer. So, just for you, he made a six-part video series that teaches you everything you need to know to get started. After you watch this series, you’ll be using the industry-standard color correction and editing software in no time.How to Organize and Import Media In ResolveOne of the first snags I always hit when I hop into Resolve is that I don’t really know the right way to get my media organized and into a bin. I’m so very used to the Premiere workflows — and previously Final Cut, from way back, which was relatively similar.Resolve is a bit different, but as McGregor shows us in this first episode, it’s not as different as it might initially seem. Creating a project and getting all of your media is very straightforward. There is a lot you can do with metadata and proxies, but it can also be simpler than that. It just depends on how you intend to use the software.After this video, I felt empowered to hop into Resolve and get started immediately.How to Use The Edit Page In ResolveAs someone who previously only used Resolve for color correcting a completed edit, I always had a little bit of trouble navigating the Edit Page.In this episode, Lewis explains everything about the Edit Page from a layout standpoint — and how to get everything in an interface that makes sense to you. He also covers the various parts of the page and what their purposes are.How to Edit Your Video In DaVinci ResolveNow we’re getting down to the nitty gritty. In this episode, we learn about the various tools for editing and fine-tuning directly on the timeline.In Resolve, it’s easy to find all of your favorite editing tools — trim tools, roll edit, ripple edit, slip edit, slide edit, and (of course) markers and flags.Once you get comfortable with the selection methods and the various edits, you’re pretty much on your way to doing everything you need editing-wise in Resolve.How to Edit Audio In DaVinci ResolveAudio is always one of the first reasons I don’t switch NLEs. Editing and controlling audio is a very nuanced process, and I feel like it’s one of the hardest things for an editor to master. You get used to doing it a specific way, and you start getting good results with your program of choice.In this episode, Lewis shows us how to edit audio in Resolve easily and effectively. As you’ll learn, Resolve actually offers one of the best sets of audio editing features of any NLE — the Fairlight audio page.After watching this video, you’ll be able to find all of the audio tools you need in Resolve — like the track mixer, EQ settings, pan mixer, etc.How to Render or Export In DaVinci ResolveNow that your edit is done, you need to know how to export it.In this episode, Lewis walks us through the Delivery Page. This is where you’ll find all of your rendering options. Resolve has included handy presets for various social platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), which stay up to date with the respective platform’s suggestions.Aside from that, the render settings and options are exactly what you’re used to in any other editing software.How to Set Up Basic User Settings In DaVinci ResolveResolve gives you a lot of control when it comes to GPU usage and memory settings. There are also a lot of settings for playback and audio input and output. As you are probably used to with other editors you’ve used, these settings are all among the basic user settings.In this episode, Lewis covers all of these various settings. This way, you can put everything you’ve learned to good use — with all of the right settings for your machine.How to Color Correct and Color Grade in DaVinci ResolveAs an added bonus, we didn’t forget the thing we all know DaVinci Resolve for the most — color grading! In this video tutorial from RocketStock, Lewis shows us the ropes with the color side of Resolve. Check it out!Looking for even more information on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles and tutorials.Using the Track Select Forward Tool in DaVinci Resolve 15Color Grading Tips: The Ins and Outs of Correcting for a Pink SkyColor Grading: Working with the Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci ResolveRevive Your Footage With Resolve 15’s Automatic Dirt Repair and Dust Buster ToolsHow to Use the Shared Node Feature in DaVinci ResolveQuick Tip: How To Use Optimized Media In DaVinci ResolveRemove Unwanted Shot Features With Resolve 15’s Patch ReplacerGet To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale FeatureYour Guide to Working with Project Files in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

Essential Advice on Producing Your Own Short Film

first_imgThe producer plays an important role in the filmmaking process. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits of a dedicated producer.So, you want to make a short film! Well, someone has to produce it. It takes more than just a director, cinematographer, cast, and crew to pull off a film — whether it’s a short or a feature. Now, a director, or even one of the lead actors, can also produce the film, but as you’ll see, it’s best to have a dedicated producer. So, what exactly does a producer do?A film producer is responsible for bringing together various filmmaking components. Those components include the initial story for the film and the cast and crew who will actually make it.Image via “The Unifying Power of Storyboards.”On a feature film, there are several kinds of producers. There’s the producer who has (or acquires) either a story they want to make or a script they’ve purchased; this producer then hires the crew to make it happen. There’s the executive producer, who either funds the film or helps secure funding for the film (the ones who actually write the checks are typically given a co-producer credit). And there’s the line producer, who makes the final budget, oversees the schedule, and helps make sure the overall production stays on track and doesn’t go over budget. (Associate producer seems to be a throwaway credit given to people who may have helped make connections or otherwise furthered the production).On a low-budget short film, most crew members wear multiple hats, so the producer is likely to be a mix of producer, line producer, and executive producer.The StoryImage via “Pre-Production Tips: How and Why to Break Down a Script.”So, you’ve got an amazing idea for a short film. If you happen to be a writer, great! If not, you’ll need to at least write well enough to give the screenwriter a solid vision so they can craft a script. Who are the characters? What’s the plot? Are there any big moments or set pieces you really want to see happen? You’ll work with the writer, giving feedback and reviewing revisions until you have the script refined and ready to produce.Key CrewNow that you have a script, you’ll need to assemble your key crew. First, who’s going to direct the movie? It’s not wise to just pick any director. Remember, this is your story and your characters! You want a director who will do it justice. George Lucas didn’t just hand off Indiana Jones to any director! He knew Steven Spielberg had the right eye and creative genius to really bring Dr. Jones to life!Getting your director is the first big step. Often, directors will have certain cinematographers and gaffers they prefer to work with. Work with them to secure those people. You want to empower your director as much as you can so they bring this story to life.You don’t need every single crew position filled right now! But, it’d be beneficial to have at least your director and cinematographer locked down. Once you go into pre-production, you can work with them to start filling in the rest of the crew.Lead ActorsThe director realizes the story, but the lead actors bring the characters to life. Who will portray the heroes and villains of your movie? For a short film, you’re not likely to get an A-lister to play your hero, but you still need a good actor. Whether it’s your friend or some local talent, find the best person to fill the role.New and Non-Actor’s Crash Course: Part OneNew and Non-Actor’s Crash Course: Part TwoMoney, Money, Money!What’s a realistic budget for this film? It’s good to know both the bare minimum it will take to pull it off and the maximum you need to be truly faithful to the script. Remember, a maximum budget is not “all the money in the world.” It’s merely the full amount it’d take to produce the project.Think of a car dealership. The dealer wants to sell you a car for $30K, to cover the cost of the car and to make a fair profit. But, since he still wants to sell the car, he knows he could sell it for $24K. The lower price wouldn’t really give him much profit; instead, it would merely cover the cost of the car. The $30K price point allows him to sell the car and pay his employees.The same goes for a film. What’s the maximum budget you need to pay your cast and crew? And, even if you can get your cast and crew to work for free, you still need to pay for food and the props and equipment rentals necessary for the production.Where is the money coming from? In the feature film world, you would write up a business plan; attach your script, budget, letters of interest from key crew and lead actors; and go to studios, wealthy individuals, and so on to raise the money for the film. In the short film world, especially super low-budget short films, you’ll either have to pay it all yourself or crowdfund the money from friends and family.For my short film “The Accomplice,” I saved up my paychecks from my salaried job at the time, took out a loan, and crowdfunded the difference of $20,000. (I don’t recommend this approach. The bulk of the costs, which were much greater than anticipated, came from working with SAG stuntmen. SAG comes with a slew of extra expenses that are unreasonable for a low-budget short. If I were to remake the short, I’d definitely do it without SAG members, which would likely have cut the budget in half.)Making the MovieYou’ve got your script, you’ve got your key crew and lead actors, and you’ve got the money. Traditionally, this is where a line producer would take over and start hiring the rest of the crew, while the director and cinematographer plans out the visuals. For a short film, though, you will be doing this.From here, you need to work out a realistic schedule. Too short, and you risk not having enough time to get all the shots. Too long and — especially when they’re working for free — your crew won’t want to commit. Two or three weekends is usually doable — if you supply enough food and the project concept is interesting enough. If the cast and crew recognize your talent for coming up with great ideas and know the director’s work is excellent, they’re more likely to invest their time, trusting the final product to be amazing and reel-worthy.Image via “Finding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the Table.”Once production starts, you’ll be on set making sure everything is going according to schedule. You need to find a good managerial style for this part. You don’t want to micromanage your director, thus inhibiting their creativity. Remember, you hired them for a reason, so you have to put your trust in them. Make sure the cast and crew are all well cared for and that they know you appreciate and value their presence. A happy cast and crew make for a better work environment and a better end product. However, you need to make sure everyone is focused and working too. Make sure you have everyone’s phone number and email on set so that you can update the cast and crew, ensuring they all get to set on time.The same goes for post-production. Many short films can get lost at this stage, with editors trying to find time to work on the project for cheap — or for free. It’s important to make sure the film wraps in a reasonable timeframe.In essence, as producer, you gather the resources (script, cast, crew, financing) and oversee the creation of the short film from start to finish. It’s honestly a lot of work. When producing my own shorts, I definitely need at least one person as a line producer while shooting, so that I can focus on directing and acting. Either way, producing your own film is extremely rewarding.Cover image via smolaw.Looking for more articles about film and video production? Check these out.Finding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the TableWhy Video Producers Should Budget for Profit Margins7 Things Producers Look for When Using “Staff Me Up”7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentarySmall Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean Filmmakinglast_img read more

On the Future of Sales with Jonathan Farrington – Episode 27

first_imgThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeHaving great product knowledge doesn’t pass the ‘so what’ test ~ Jonathan FarringtonClick To TweetKnowledge is key ~ Jonathan FarringtonClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (12.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSToday’s guest, Jonathan Farrington, is a speaker, coach, author, consultant, and sales strategist leading the way in managing change in business. He is the CEO for JF Consulting, a successful globally influential consulting business. You might also recognize his name from Top Sales World and Top Sales Magazine. Jonathan sees the big picture, and has big ideas, for changes in sales. Listen in as he leads you and your team to greater performance levels, on today’s episode of In the Arena.Will you survive the changes in sales?Click To TweetFinding your way out of a financial meltdownYour host, Anthony Iannarino, fires questions for Jonathan’s expertise, specifically addressing what exactly is affecting the change in sales. The implications Jonathan has uncovered will impact your reality and your team. Jonathan looks at the financial meltdown of our day and age, in North America and globally. His prediction? 80% of sales jobs are going to change in some way. Some will turn into customer service roles. The important roles will become marketing and customer service. Is your role in sales diminishing? Join Jonathan today for the good news that your role will change, not disappear. Can you still create uniqueness?It is more difficult than ever to create and communicate value as a salesperson. The developing transaction purchasing model eliminates the need for uniqueness and differentiating yourself. As Jonathan Farrington tracks the changes in sales, he sees the top 20% surviving and thriving, which forces 80% to shift their strategy. Will you be in that top 20%? Are you taking into account your clients comforts and needs? Have you asked your clients if they mind more computer interaction and less face time? Creating and embracing a new flexible relationship is key. The new breed of sales professionals will have to build their foundations from attitude plus skills plus knowledge plus process. Start today, by listening to this episode of In the Arena. Staying relevant and focused, with Jonathan FarringtonClick To TweetInsight If you want to continue differentiating yourself, you are going to need insight. This buzzword has some salespeople emphasizing product knowledge with their team and clients. But insight reaches beyond product knowledge. Learn today, how to stay relevant and stay focused. None of your clients have time for irrelevant meetings. They do not even care about your product. What they do care about is what you can do for them. Demonstrate that you have the commercial depth and breadth they need and will continue to need. Want to count yourself among the sales survivors? Now is the time to develop your commercial bandwidth, with Jonathan Farrington.One size never fits allJonathan Farrington knows that many salespeople say we need to tailor solutions uniquely to our individual clients. But do we actually do that? One size fits all training, coaching, and counseling has never worked. Have you considered the realm of values, personality traits, etc. that will make your individual clients or sales teams work? Jonathan’s goal has always been to raise the bar in the business world. Today’s episode is just one more free resource you can use to tap into your true potential. Get In the Arena with Jonathan, today!The one size fits all training, coaching, counseling has never worked and it never willClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Introduction and biography of today’s guest, Jonathan Farrington. Will there be far fewer salespeople in the future? Are we moving away from creating value as salespeople? What does a salesperson need to be in the top 20% that survives? What is insight and why is it necessary? Age as a disadvantage. How to make sense of distractions and stay focused. How you consider your clients creates your future. How to connect with Jonathan Farrington. Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeTop Sales WorldJonathan Farrington’s websiteJonathan on Twitter – @topsalesworldlast_img read more

How to Plan Your Sales Week

first_imgYou have three choices when it comes to starting your week.Begin With Your Existing OpportunitiesYou can start the week in your existing pipeline, either working forward or backwards. If you decide to work backwards, you start at the opportunities that are closest to the end of the sales process and gain the necessary commitment to move those opportunities forward. Maybe that’s a phone call. Maybe it’s an email. Or maybe you need a meeting. From there you work backwards to the opportunities at the early stages of your process. This is a good choice because it ensures you’ve taken action on everything that can and should be moving forward.You might start with the opportunities at the earliest stages of your sales process, gaining the commitments to move each of those forward before you do anything else. As you move each opportunity forward, gaining commitments as you go, you work towards the opportunities that should be closing soon. There is nothing wrong with this approach, and it ensures you move the early stage opportunities forward.Begin By Creating New Opportunities Within Your Existing ClientsAnother choice you might make is to work on your existing clients to create new opportunities. If there are clients for whom you do not have 100% wallet share, and there is greater value you can create, this is a great place to start. Starting here ensures that you create easy opportunities. You already have the relationships, and you already have the contracts.Begin By Prospecting and Nurturing Your Dream ClientsBut the final choice is to begin your week focused on your dream clients. These prospective clients are cold. You don’t have any existing opportunities, and you don’t have deep relationships yet. By focusing on prospecting first, you ensure that it gets done.By choosing either of the first two choices, starting with your existing pipeline or existing clients, you can easily get tied down in all of the activities around those opportunities. If you’re being honest, you know it’s unlikely that you’ll make time for your dream clients once you start pursuing your existing opportunities and existing clients. Carving out a half a day of prospecting early in the week ensures it gets done, even though I know many salespeople who swear by Thursday’s and Friday’s.How will you start your week? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Three Reasons You Resist Coaching

first_imgThere aren’t many things that will improve your results as quickly and as certainly as will coaching. I’ve noticed three common, recurring reasons people resist coaching.You are unwilling to face changeSome people fear being coached because they know it is going to bring up areas in their lives where they need to make changes. Whether that coaching is personal or professional, the goal of coaching is improved performance, and that means you have to be willing to change your beliefs and change your actions in some area of your life.If you don’t believe that change is necessary, you won’t believe you need coaching. You would be wrong. The very best performers in every human endeavor work with coaches. Their core belief is that, if they change something, they can perform at an even higher level.You are afraid it means you aren’t capableCoaching doesn’t mean that you aren’t a good, capable person. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability or the resources to achieve your performance goals. Coaching isn’t an indictment of you personally (although there are some executives who are recommended coaching because their people skills are lacking).Coaching is an indication that you are capable. It’s evidence that someone (maybe you) believes that with some insight and ideas from a professional coach, you can perform better. No one invests in coaching when they believe that they are hopeless. And no company invests in coaching for their people who they believe those people aren’t capable of turning in their best performance.You are afraid of being held accountableThis one is a biggie. It’s the deep-seated issue that prevents a lot of people from embracing coaching.Some people don’t want to be held accountable for changing. They want to avoid being asked about their performance. They don’t like anyone shining a light on the difference between what they say and what they do. More than anything, they don’t want to have to answer to someone; they’d rather hide from their problems, their challenges.But the best performers embrace accountability. They fearlessly look at the gaps in their performance so they can close those gaps. They look at a coach as an accountability partner. They expect their coach to ask them the tough questions, and they anticipate their coach asking them tough questions to help them expand what they believe is possible, what they are capable of.Coaching isn’t something negative. It’s positive.last_img read more

Lies You Tell Yourself About Writing

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You know that writing regularly is a powerful way to get where you want to go; to build your business, your personal brand, and your position as a thought leader. But you don’t do it because you’ve convinced yourself that you can’t. The little voice that lives between your ears says:I can’t write because I have writer’s block. Writer’s block is when you tell yourself that you can’t write so many times that you finally believe it.I can’t write because I don’t have ideas or inspiration right now. Even though I have countless stories and experiences,  nothing comes to mind right now while I am trying to write. If I had an idea, I would write.The ideas that I do have aren’t original enough to write about. I can’t write until I have that one brilliant, unique insight that is mine alone. The idea must be completely unique because no great work was ever influenced by anyone else’s ideas.Who has enough time to write? Writing takes too much time. I’m already behind on my email, and I still have work to do. I would write if I had more time. Plus, Game of Thrones.No one is going to read what I write anyway – the Internet is too crowded with content already. Who would want to read what I have to say? I’m not famous. What? Am I supposed to write for myself?I would write if I was a better writer. I mean, if I were, say, Hemingway, I would write. If I were Godin, I would write. But I can’t write like they write. I am not that good.People are going to judge me and my ideas. The trolls are going to tear me apart. Everyone is so judgmental and I don’t need that right now.There are dozens of lies you can tell yourself about why you can’t write, none of which are true.Writer’s block is cured by writing.You have plenty of ideas, you just haven’t catalogued them when you are in a resourceful, creative state.There is nothing new under the sun, and your take on an idea makes it original.You can write a post like this one in half the time it takes to watch Game of Thrones.Google will help the people who need your work to find it.The only way to get better at writing is to read great writers and write.People are going to judge you, but you must write anyway.last_img read more

This Is an Invitation

first_imgThis is an invitation. I am inviting you to do something other than make a New Year’s Resolution.I am inviting you instead to make a New You Transformation. You know, the transformation into the “you” that you want to be, could be, and should be. You know, the “you” that you have been waiting for. The “you” that you have kept us waiting for.This is the invitation you have been waiting for.You are invited to think bigger than a simple resolution. You are invited to think about who you want to be in every area of your life. I am inviting you to make the decision to change everything that needs to change. If what you are doing now could get you the results you wanted, you’d already have those results. If what you are doing isn’t working, this is your invitation to change it.I am inviting you to transform and reinvent yourself. This is an invitation to become the best possible version of yourself. This is an invitation to swap small, linear improvements for exponential growth. This is your personal invitation to finally go “all in” on going “all in.” Throw down the gauntlet. Cross your Rubicon. Take your place.It’s your right and your duty to reach your full potential, even though you can’t imagine what that potential is, and even though no one has ever reached their full potential. This, however, is your invitation to try. It’s your invitation to be the first to ever do so.This is an invitation to do what you have heretofore been afraid of doing. It’s an invitation to step into and through your fears and see who is on the other side. This is an invitation to meet the you that you want be, the one who lives just on the other side of that fear. It’s an invitation to put yourself at risk, giving up the comfort and the security that are the chains you have bound yourself in.This is an invitation to stop doing what you feel you must do, even though it has you locked in place, like your feet are set in concrete. If what you are doing no longer serves you, set it down. If it never served you, let it go. This is an invitation to leave behind everything that needs to be discarded. You are invited to move forward without carrying anything that isn’t going to serve you on your new path forward from here.You are invited to fail. You are invited to get many things wrong. You are invited to take missteps, to go the wrong direction, to go back over ground you’ve already covered, and to change direction until you find your way. I am inviting you to persist over time. With enough time and energy, all obstacles eventually yield. The overnight success you will become 10 years from now starts today. This is your invitation to start.New Year’s Resolutions are made and discarded in a matter of days. Transformations take time. They require real change in more than one area. This is an invitation to change everything, to put your plan in motion, to take the first step, followed by 1,000,000 more steps, on your way to becoming who you really are.You are a big, bright, shining star. You’re invited to share your light with us. You might not see it yet, but we do.• Who will you become in 2017?• What are you willing to change to become that person? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

GPS and Losing Your Sense of Direction

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Most of us can no longer find our way to the places that we go to without using a GPS. We’ve become totally reliant on our smartphones to help guide us from where we are to where are going. GPS is an enormous improvement over a map, and it is a far better experience to hear the directions being spoken aloud.But, this comes with a cost. In leveraging the technology, we have become dependent on it. It’s so easy, and so good, that we rely on it, sometimes completely. In doing so, we have lost our sense of direction and the ability to find our way without using global positioning satellites.Now, a lot of people are working on trying to apply artificial intelligence to sales. Some of the solutions I have seen lately are attempting to provide guidance, a few of them literally providing the salesperson with the words to use in a live sales conversation, and others using a sort of Cyrano de Bergerac-like technique to allow the sales manager to provide the talk tracks to the rep through their headset in real time.While there is nothing wrong with teaching salespeople how to have good and effective sales conversations, doing so can’t come at the expense of them learning to understand how to have these conversations without relying on technology to do so—or worse, relying on someone to feed them their lines in real time. You only need two things to be a trusted advisor: trust and advice. Without the advice, without actually knowing things, it’s impossible to be a peer or a consultative salesperson.It isn’t enough to help salespeople by providing them the words and the talk tracks that help them have better sales conversations. That outcome is too transactional. The development of a sales professional requires that one also teach them how to understand their client’s business, to understand how to create value for those clients, and to develop the business acumen and situational knowledge that allows them to serve their clients—as well as create and win opportunities.last_img read more

Improve Activity or Increase Effectiveness

first_imgLet’s say your sales results are off by 50 percent. You are literally producing half of your number. There are a few things you can do to improve your results and close the gap.First, you can double your activity. You can do twice as much work, which for many people may be exactly what is necessary.Second, you can double your effectiveness. You can double the size of the opportunities and double your win rates. This recipe will also produce an improvement, and it may also be a good choice.The first choice begins with an assumption that sales is strictly a numbers game. In this view, there is nothing but activity. More activity leads to more opportunities leads to more wins, and there is no reason to do anything except double up your prospecting efforts, which, again, may not be a bad idea for those who do too little to create the results they need.Choosing only to increase activity leaves out too many other factors to make it the only thing that one might do—or should do—to improve their sales results.The second choice begins with a different assumption than the idea that activity is the only thing necessary to producing results. Instead, this view is biased toward improving the effectiveness of the sales force or salespeople who are struggling. The training, development, and coaching that increase one’s ability to target their dream clients and create bigger opportunities isn’t easy to provide and it doesn’t produce results as fast as one might hope. But the upside of working on effectiveness is that it also improves win rates, and a higher percentage of wins against bigger opportunities improves results exponentially, almost invariably more than activity alone.The truth of the matter is that some people need more activity to produce the better results they need. Others need to improve their effectiveness to close the gap between their results now and the results they need, especially if they already have good activity.Some, however, need to improve their activity while they work on their effectiveness. The increased activity solves the problem that is low activity, and the additional reps provide them with the opportunity to practice the new mindsets and skills that will—eventually—lead to greater effectiveness. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

How to Produce Results Faster

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are two strategies for producing results faster. One of these strategies is highly effective and certain to produce results. The other strategy doesn’t provide either the result or the certainty, even if it is more attractive to many.The Promise of Hard WorkThe proven way to produce any result faster is to do the work that produces that results consistently over time. Just doing the work by itself does not speed up the results, especially when work is done poorly and sporadically. Success in any endeavor is more like an auditor who measures your effort to determine when you have paid the price to have what you want. Anything done poorly is discounted, and anything done occasionally isn’t noticed.Many find the price they would have to pay for faster results is higher than expected, and they seek a way to have they want without having to pay the price. They look for shortcuts that allow them to buy success.Success in Seven Minutes and Other LiesThere are people who will sell you the idea that you can have the results you want now without having to do the work, and without having to stack up small, incremental gains over time. There are some who are easily seduced by the idea that there is a way they can get what they want without the effort, the struggle, and the time. They desperately want to believe the lie that they can have what they want in seven minutes.When the quick fix doesn’t work, instead of committing to doing the work, they move on to the next promise of instant results. At some point, they give up on wanting the result altogether.Faster Now Means Starting a Long Time AgoIt’s difficult to sell the promise of disciplined effort over time. It’s especially challenging when contrasted against the promise of instant results now with no effort required.If what you want is important, producing results faster now would require that you started sometime in the past and sustained the effort over time. This is not a possibility, unless you have a time machine (which is more likely than the effectiveness of any “instant results” solution). The second-best option is to do the work now, and to do it so consistently, that you start stacking up the results you want.Are you doing the work? Are you consistent in the quality and the frequency of your effort?last_img read more

Chris Bailey on Focused Attention, Productivity Improvement, and His Latest Book – Episode #116

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episodeOn this episode of #InTheArena with @innarino, you’ll hear #productivity expert @Chris_Bailey of @ALOProductivity share his insights from his latest book, “Hyperfocus.” It’s an episode not to be missed – listen now!Click To Tweet#Productivity improvement doesn’t mean making more to-do lists! Learn the secrets behind true optimal workflow on this episode of #InTheArena with @iannarino and guest expert @Chris_Bailey of @ALOProductivity. Listen now!Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Chris Bailey is an author, speaker, and expert on productivity improvement. He is Anthony’s guest on this episode of In the Arena, and it’s an actionable conversation you don’t want to miss. Chris unveils insights from his latest book, “Hyperfocus,” and explains two main types of focus that you need to be leveraging in your life and work. You’ll also hear about a strategy that will help you prioritize the most important tasks in your work and why multitasking isn’t always a bad thing. For the full story, be sure to give this episode your full attention.Don’t miss @Chris_Bailey, founder of @ALOProductivity, share his thoughts on focused attention, #productivity improvement, and his latest book, all on this episode of #InTheArea with @iannarino. Listen now! Click To TweetProductivity improvement doesn’t mean making more to-do lists!Productivity is so much more than simply making to-do lists and maintaining inbox zero. It can be an entire lifestyle choice that allows you to focus deeply on what matters most while setting everything else aside. Chris and Anthony both agree that “The state of our attention dictates the state of our lives.” Adding value, creating, and facilitating change all start with productivity, and this interview with Chris can help you get a jump start on making effective changes in the way you operate. Listen now!Use this strategy to determine what tasks and work add the most value to your lifeOn this episode, Anthony asks Chris about his Eisenhower Matrix, an identification system that breaks down tasks into 4 main categories: things that are productive, things that are core and essential to your work, those that are attractive to you, and those that are unattractive. The challenge lies in “value judgments,” and discerning if the tasks that take up so much of your time are actually productive in the truest sense of the word.In order to make these determinations, start by writing out all of the tasks you’re responsible for in a given period of time (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.). Then, identify which top 3 tasks add the most value to your workplace and allow you to create the most. Everything else falls into a subcategory of distraction, and from there you can create systems to help you avoid distractions when it matters most.Use THIS strategy to determine what tasks add the most #value to your life and work! Developed by #productivity expert @Chris_Bailey of @ALOProductivity, it’s sure to help you streamline your work. Hear all about it on this ep of #InTheArea with @iannarino.Click To TweetThe difference between hyperfocus, scatter focus, and why both are importantChris tells Anthony that people often revert to focusing on what’s urgent, latest, and loudest if given the chance. To change this pattern of attention, Chris has defined two main areas of focus: hyperfocus and scatter focus. The former is comprised of sections of time (often 90 minutes) that are wholly dedicated to deep, creative work and thought. Scatter focus, however, is the time when you allow your mind to freely wander. Considering people think about their futures and longterm goals 14 times more often when they’re not focused on one particular project, it’s easy to see how both strategies complement one another and result in an overall productivity improvement.Learn how to tame distractions so you can devote deliberate attention to your workWhether you’re spending time on hyperfocused or scatter focus projects, another critical piece to productivity improvement is limiting distractions. Constant emails, tweets, and notifications pull your attention away from the task at hand and prevent you from working optimally. You have to know how much collaboration, distraction, and focus you can balance in your day to day workspace, or you’ll never work in your fullest capacity. To learn how Chris manages his distractions, don’t miss this episode.Constant emails, tweets, and notifications pull your attention away from the tasks at hand & prevent you from working optimally. Discover a solution developed by @Chris_Bailey of @ALOProductivity on this insightful episode of #InTheArea with @iannarinoClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Meet Chris Bailey, productivity expert, author, and entrepreneur Chris’ new book, Hyperfocus, and why it was a book he needed to write Use this strategy to determine what work adds the most value to your life Chris’ insights on multitasking, keeping habits, and more What does hyperfocus mean? Taming distractions so you can devote deliberate attention to your work What is a second-distractions device, and why should you use one? There’s value in scatter focus in your workforce The state of our attention dictates the state of our livesResources & Links mentioned in this episodeChris’ websiteConnect with Chris on LinkedInFollow Chris on TwitterChris’ book: “The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy”Chris’ latest book: “Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction”Anthony’s upcoming book: “Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition”SPONSOR: MailTag.IOThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinolast_img read more