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I enjoy the videos. If they bother you, close your eyes. It helps me concentrate on what I am listen to & not get distracted by other things going on. emoticon

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**Another thing I plan on doing is some "current" videos for SparkCoach -- like maybe doing my daily highlight somestimes as a quick video blog that I post to this team -- and video challenges, etc. Like that idea?**

Yes, love the idea - thanks for helping us find our sparks!

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I didn't notice the never moving clock, but the ticking probably wouldn't have been good for the audio.

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Honestly, I think for three minute videos, these are pretty darn good. Yes, the info is a refresher for me, and yes, I hope as we go further along there will be videos for the "advanced", but the whole reason I love SP and keep using it is for its simplicity and for the fact the experts are approachable people.

SparkGuy - please don't apologize for needing a learning curve. We all do!

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Loving the videos too; I've been a member for a long time now so I'm using them as a refreshers

lol - I noticed the never moving clock as well

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Thanks for your response, Chris... your efforts REALLY DO affect every one of us, and I know I do not speak for just myself when I say how much we appreciate it. If we didn't care, we'd just unsubscribe and go our own ways. :)

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I appreciate the videos. It is another way to make "connections" with the material.

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Since the SparkGuy videos have been addressed, I'll leave those alone. I found them informative for the beginner BUT, after six years, I just enjoyed them as a "getting to know Chris" experience.
This morning was my first video with Coach Nicole. Again, it's a refresher course for me and I appreciate that greatly but, what the heck was up with the clock that never moved.. emoticon I was SO distracted by that.

Final words: good job!
I'm still not sure I will subscribe but, if any of my friends are thinking of joining Spark, I'll be suggesting they do.

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Actually, I had the same thoughts while viewing these first 3-4 videos since beginning SparkCoach a few days ago. A little stiff, slightly uncomfortable delivery, etc. But, we all start something new a little stiff, slightly uncomfortable, etc., at first (like SparkPeople!) - I just figured while I was viewing the videos, "Hey, they're new at this...I should cut them some slack." Actually, I feel like I relate to them better, because they aren't perfect and are doing something new, just as we are when we start out on SP. It's what they're telling me that counts. I'm now seriously considering staying on after my 2 week free trial is over. Thanks, SparkGuy!

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Hi Everyone

Thanks for the thoughts on the videos! I'll share some behind-the-scenes on the videos.

Alas, not everything comes naturally even to SparkGuy (I mean that in a sarcastic way :)). I was planning on writing a story about this, but will share a quick version here.

We decided to use a teleprompter and film crew for the videos because we wanted to make sure to get all the points across and we literally had a day and a half for me to do more than 20 videos because of travel schedules and the film crew schedule.

I actually wasn't uncomfortable even though it might look that way (hopefully just in the earliest videos). What's actually going on is my learning curve of learning how to use a teleprompter and quickly realizing that it is a learned skill to be able to use the teleprompter and have good body/facial expressions at the same time -- oy!

Let me go back a couple of years to when I read for the audio book version of The Spark. I was a little surprised to learn that there's even a learning curve for reading an audio book -- at least for me there was :). At first I was really awful at this. Having young kids at the time, I read in too much of a "sing-song" voice at first since I read them stories before bed almost every night.

But, after intense practice (imagine being alone in a sound studio doing nothing but reading for about 15 hours over 2 days!), the learning curve kicked in and after awhile I actually really liked the reading and was dramatically better at it. I was so much better (starting from a low base -- haha) that they had me go back and re-do the beginning once I finished, which was a great decision.

Unfortunately, I didn't learn from that decision for this project. What we should have done with these videos is had me either do some practice ones first, or go back and re-do the initial ones first after I started getting better at it.

Just like reading for the audio version of the book, after some practice the videos were a lot of fun to do. It was still challenging, because anytime there was the slightest sound you'd have to cut and go back and pick up where you left off.

So, maybe I'll re-do these first ones at some point.

Another thing I plan on doing is some "current" videos for SparkCoach -- like maybe doing my daily highlight somestimes as a quick video blog that I post to this team -- and video challenges, etc. Like that idea?

Just like we say in the SparkPeople program, I need to keep taking steps to get better in many areas myself to reach my goal to help more people. It is true that I am still amazed that I'd willingly go in front of any camera after my history of anxiety -- but it really is fun for me now if I know I can help a single person reach goals.

Thanks again for your thoughts!

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SparkGuy, I think you are doing fine. I think you've created a wonderful resource here and the videos are just great. I see and hear enthusiasm and a heart felt message.

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I agree wtih the gal that "restarting" is refreshing. And if we are needing motiviation at this stage of the game - maybe that is just the ticket.



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I watched the third video this morning.

Sparkguy is definitely more animated in this one.

Big improvement!


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I was just reading the first chapter of "The Spark" and after rereading that chapter again I realized that Chris probably is mostly being himself in these videos.

He had anxiety issues, particularly in public speaking and mentioned memorizing speeches for college speech class. I still think he speaks well, but I just think he's not the most animated person in real life and some of the way the videos come off to some people may be due to him memorizing the lines.

If anything, I would say that filming the videos while he was standing and perhaps using visual aids for him to interact with would come off better. I think it can be hard to just sit down, not move and speak with a ton passion if you're not that type of person.

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Marilyn, I've done just that. I've reset my Fast Break Goals (I've been doing the other ones so long I don't even notice them, and the "no snooze" one was never going to happen for me anyway) and it's refreshing to restart. :)



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I am finding the videos helpful - have been a member for some time but have not had succes with weight loss - made other changes with the help of sparks but no weight loss

I can understand those wanting different movitational videos if they are further along on the process - but what about starting again at the fast break and seeing what happens even if you are further along in the program - starting fresh just might be you everyone needs. I know it is helping me

My hubby each evening since I joined Spark Coach - and already today - asks - well did you check in with the coach and get down what he suggests - I am finding it helpful getting me to remember my 3 goals / getting in even just 10 minutes of exercise - and am now looking forward to seeing positive changes down the road

Think you are doing a great jog Sparkguy

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Not really concerned with the presentation on this end. But I do agree on maybe more advanced videos in the future for those of us who are further along. That being said, I did decide to go back to the Fast Break stage and get back into the swing of things. Last time, I managed to make several lifelong changes I still use to this day.

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Having met sprkguy at a convention, I can tell you that he is an excellent speaker. More shy than you might expect. The video looked to me like it was shot over a teleconference which gave it a jerky feeling.

I have been here since about 2004 I htink and I can say that I am glad to begin again. Getting back to basics always makes my journey start well. Whenever I trip up, i get back to basics. I just started today so will see what future videos bring.

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For the most part, I agree with the previous comments! The presentation seems a little dry and long and maybe that is because I have been with the program over 2 years and none of the presentation so far is new to me. The fast breaks are a snap, because I've been doing those things for 2 years already. Not sure how to make it more simple for newbies, but still interesting and challenging for us oldies! Over all, I'm liking what I see! Thanks, Spark Guy!

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Sparkguy, you need to liven it up!

Surely you have done presentations, lots of them...

Getting up, moving around, more facial animation, some improvisation would really help get what is a fantastic message across!


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I don't know guys, he seems fine to me. I think part of this is just his personality, I don't think he's a bubbly type but more reserved and calm. Perhaps some more animation would be good but I appreciate it if he's being himself.

My only input would be to to improvise more, less reading. I think a common mistake in these sorts of things are sticking to the cue cards too strictly. If the lines are practiced enough you can insert your own way of saying things so that you convey the same ideas but in the way you would say it in real life. This lends to a more natural delivery.

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SparkCoach;
I love you like a brother, but you need some animation, funny stuff, and more life to your videos. Stand up, move around, look real happy.

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Hi,
So far, I am liking the idea of the videos to convey coaching, it really helps. The content is very good and I like Sparkguy's presence on the video; he's just a nice guy! I also like the ability to revisit the videos. I feel as a viewer, even if I am a newbie to Sparkpeople, I would not mind watching video segments for those further along in the program.

Here are some suggestions that would help lift and inspire the content of the video's thus far:

1. Some different settings and backgrounds for inspiration.
2. Engaged in an activity, walking, exercising, etc. (helps to validate what you are conveying).
3. Interaction with another person, such as a guest or co-host.
4. Some real inspirational music/graphics incorporated throughout the videos. Incorporate still pictures, text, music, sound effects, etc. to support the content.
5. Directing videos to participants at all levels or specific levels, just be sure to spell it out for the viewer.
6. By incorporating even some minor changes and considering the cost/time factor to make these videos, even some very minor changes would help enhance the videos and encourage greater motivation and success for the viewer.


Thanks.


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I've watched the first two videos, the introduction and the fastbreak. These are more geared towards folks new to the program, which I appreciate; but I've been at this a while now, so I didn't get much from them. :) With that said, I definitely see the appeal! And I found myself nodding in agreement a LOT.

I can tell, though, that you're a little uncomfortable in front of the camera. I have to do similar sorts of videos for my job, too (online posted, talking to people on the internets!) Maybe for future videos, you can do more rehearsals! It does get easier though; I'm much more comfortable than I used to be.

If I have one suggestion for future videos, it would be to make SparkCoach more tweakable in the beginning for those of us who are further along than others. I love the program, but it's a little disconcerting to start over at fast break when I'm much further along on the Sparkdiet. I've been spreading the spark for a while now. :)

Either way, I see the potential in the program, and I intend to stick with it for a while. Thank you for the hard work; I can definitely see this helping people!

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