5 Simple Steps To Creating Videos On The Fly

Learn a quick framework to help you create videos on the fly. Or you can listen to Episode 29 of Camera Ready With Val Brown here. visualbridgecommunication.com/podcast

Today's post is about a simple way to create videos on the fly and have a little fun using a framework I created using a morning ritual I learned from Mel Robbins as inspiration. She created the Five Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work and Confidence With Everyday Courage.

Mel’s morning ritual has five steps including a meditation I do every morning before I read and journal and walk at the beach.

Her ritual is based on the Five Second Rule. In it you go through a series of actions counting down from five to one and then when you’re done it's time to get out of bed. You can check out Mel Robbins ritual here.

For a refresher on how you can stop procrastinating and get your headshots done using the Five Second Rule, listen to episode 21.

But I Don't Have Time To Do Videos!

Creating videos on the fly is something I get asked about a lot whether its for your product or a business message or idea you need to deliver quickly and effectively.

As I was going through my morning ritual the other day I thought wow, this wouldn’t it be awesome to create a video ritual to to get clear about your message and to make sure you look and sound great before you hit the record button?

And wouldn’t it be especially good for situations when you don’t have a lot of time to think?

Having a quick framework to reference allows you to collect your thoughts and energy and show up with intention and confidence. It also ensures that you don't leave anything important out of your message.

Before There Was YouTube

When I first started as a production assistant in television, we had a show at our studio called Take Five that gave people five minutes of free airtime. It was a great way for people like you and me from the community to get their message out to a larger audience. And we literally had everyone from tap dancers to tattoo artists on the show. I guess you could think of it as an early version of YouTube.

Anyway, it never ceased to amaze me how differently people used their time, some more effectively than others. That’s where I learned how important it is to be organized in your thoughts when you only have a short time to share your message and keep your viewers engaged.

Although, if your think about it in today’s standards, and short attention spans, five minutes is a lot of airtime to fill.

Being intentional about your approach is a great way to manage your time to its fullest, deliver your message and a call to action.

So with a shout out and a big thank you to Mel Robbins for inspiration, here’s my take on the Take Five ritual.


Mel’s ritual starts out with five deep breaths, and I think that’s a great place to start for us too - getting oxygen into your body clears and calms your mind so you can be intentional.

Then set your timer for 4 minutes and think through the purpose of your video, and write down what comes to mind.

Do you want to inform, educate, engage, entertain or persuade?

Once you are clear on that, create a quick plan:

Think about where are you going to record, is there enough light, what does your background look like and how will you record your audio.

Next, think of 3 key points you are going to cover - remember it’s best if you have one main message and then you can deliver it with three supporting ideas - it’s a super easy way to organize your thoughts and remember what you want to say without having to memorize anything.

See how simple this is?

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