How to Create Your Own Product 1 – Research and Outline

MODULE 1

CHAPTER 11

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN PRODUCT 1

– RESEARCH AND OUTLINE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

2.0 OBJECTIVES

3.0 MAIN CONTENT

3.1 Start with Information Product

3.2 The pros

  • The Leverages
  • Global Marketplace
  • Deploying the Power of Global Alliances
  • Better Kitted for Success on a Global Dimension
  • You Become a Highly Marketable Expert
  • Robust Resources for Premium Sales
  • Residual Income Extraordinaire
  • High Returns on Investment

3.3 The Cons

3.3.1 The Learning Curve

3.4 A Blissful Start

3.5 Remember, ‘Everything is a Remix’

3.6.0 How to Decide on the Kind of Product That You Want to Create

3.6.1 Meet Specific Need

  • Conduct a Survey of Your Audience
  • Scour the Internet for Blog Comments and Forums on Your Niche Market
  • Read Between the Lines
  • Showcase Your Expertise

3.7.0 Start with Your Most Convenient Method

  • Audio
  • eBook
  • Video

3.8 Product Forms

3.9.0 The Process

3.9.1 Do your market research

3.9.2 Sourcing for Marketable Information

  • Private resale rights
  • Interview experts
  • Compile popular questions and give answers
  • Permissible thefts
  • Record other people seminar and reuse
  • Set up webinars and teleseminars
  • Screen capture your skills using your computer
  • Adapt a successful eBook into another language

3.10.0 The Act and the Art of Creating Your Own Product

3.10.1 Write out your product outline

  • Write the eBook in Full
  • Turn it into PDF
  • Make Your eBook Beautiful

3.11 Write the Email Swipes

3.12 Create and Set up the Sales letter

4.0 CONCLUSION

5.0 SUMMARY

6.0 ASSIGNMENT

1.0 INTRODUCTION

Creating your own product for sale to your market is by far, a better idea, but it has some pros and cons.

2.0 OBJECTIVES

  • To give details procedures involve in creating an information products
  • To provide resourceful links to make this possible
  • To encourage learners to use this ecourse to plan and create their first information product

3.0 MAIN COURSE

When you are about to start an Internet Marketing business, two things will readily come to your mind.

The two things are:

  • are you going to sell your own products, and render services directly from your own self hosted website
  • or sell someone else product and services?

In other words, what are you going to sell to your customers?

3.1 Start with Information Product

Let me assume that your answer is that you want to sell your own information products. You may not want to start with a service like web hosting or website design service as you may not be a Technical person (AKA a Techie).

Hopefully, you will get to that point someday, if that is what you want. But for now it is a good flay of wisdom to offer an information product for obvious reasons – it is an easier, faster and highly profitable approach to online business.

Creating your own product for sale to your market is by far, a better idea, but it has some pros and cons:

3.2.0 The pros

  • The Leverages

Internet offers the greatest leverages now for any business than had ever existed in Industrial History till date.

If you have not done so before now, please hurry, find and read the book ‘Retire Young, Retire Rich’ by Robert Kiyosaki, and you will understand the above statement more.

This simply means more leverages, more profits at shorter period for your business.

  • Global Marketplace

Having even one digital product to sell to the whole world is abundantly more than enough to pull you out of the woods – i.e. if you know what to do.

Infact, it is knowing the process that really matter in this business, and that is what you should pay rapt attention to learn in these your formative years in this business.

After that, the rest is history, and it is you that is going to create or rather, recreate that your life history.

  • Deploying the Power of Global Alliances

By way of Affiliates who offer their lists and expertise to serve you in marketing your product(s) for free.

  • Better Kitted for Success on a Global Dimension

Talking about the skills and experience you gain in the process, you are among the best, on a global scale, not just a local champion and not just for a while but for expended period of any foreseeable future. Can you beat that?

  • You Become a Highly Marketable Expert

You can now build more and more products faster after the initial experience. Your can do this for yourself and others if you wish to.

  • Robust Resources for Premium Sales

Your initial product can easily be turn into other forms for sales at higher prices – Audio, eBook, Membership site, etc.

  • Residual Income Extraordinaire

You just create it once and sell over and over again, with few and rare revisions when necessary to keep up with technological development in the marketplace.

  • High returns on investment

Such that is never heard of in any other industry. Most of the time, when done, correctly, it usually brings in on a consistent basis, over 100% returns on investment (ROI).

There are so many other advantages to be enjoyed by a digital product owner, but let us just break here so that we can focus on other related issues.

3.3.0 The cons

3.3.1 The Learning Curve

This will cost you a bit more in terms of time and money.

But, it is doable.

3.4 A Blissful Start

If you are a professional or you have a high in demand skill set, you can easily start by selling some useful advice on that online.

For instance, you may be a Tailor, Seamstress, Organist, Teacher, Nurse, Doctor, Engineer, Accountant, etc. Do market research on the aspects of your profession that people are searching for more information with the tools that we discussed in chapters 2 and 3 of this ecourse.

Use those results of your market research to build your own product as we shall discuss in this and subsequent chapter.

A teacher may for instance decide to own a website and teach the whole instead of just his classroom members. Look in the direction of any of the following courses which are already in high demand globally:

beauty tips,

language lessons – French, German, Russian, Chinese and even English.

Remember, our world has become a global village, there is therefore a very high demand for these lessons worldwide.

A Nurse can teach Health with special bias on Natural Remedies. Most ailments that have become anathema in Western (Orthodox) medicine have been resolved with the help of these natural remedies. Thus, information on natural cures for cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc. are selling like hot cake online now.

We have noted somewhere that as far as information marketing is concerned, the big three areas are Health and Beauty, Love and Relationship, and How to Make Money.

But this does not mean that information are not selling in other areas, or that people are not making a living online selling other products outside the big three. For instance, an Engineer may resort to Technical Writing. People who are not even Engineers are doing well in technical writing.

In your own country, what is the current challenges that people have? Remember your information product is not meant to be all about you, but to help people who buy them to solve their immediate problems.

Some people in your country want to travel abroad, learn baking, get overseas education, do rice farming, do importation, export cassava and garlic, learn computer programming, web design, SEO, decoration, etc., etc.

Please note that to minimize delay and confusion of what product to sell, you must first of all decide if you want to start selling at the local or foreign market.

There are a whole world of differences in both marketplaces.

Again, you don’t have to be an expert.

Just find out what people want and assemble information that satisfies that specific want and give it to them at a profit.

3.5 Remember, ‘Everything is a Remix’

Google for ‘Everything is a Remix on Vimeo’ and watch the online video.

Also remember what Steve Jobs said:

‘Good Artists Copy, Great Artist Steal. We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas’ – Steve Jobs, 1994.

This boils down to: creativity + innovation(s) = invention(s).

Again, let’s look at it this way, the basis of modern day information and communication industry started with the invention of:

Telephone, then,

Radio, then,

Telegram (telegraph), then,

Black and white television, then,

Coloured television, then,

Satellite television, then,

Mobile telephone, then,

Mobile satellite television (in mobile phones and PCs), then,

Mobile private and public satellite Video (TV) Channel e.g. YouTube

Mobile private and public satellite Radio Channel (in mobile phones and PCs), then,

And so on and so forth… more abound that I have not mentioned here, and many more are yet to come.

I am not about the order of which one came first, I am leaving that to the students of history and philosophy of science, but my concerns are:

the connectivity of the basic idea* + the main new idea**,

the creativity,

the innovation and

the ‘invention mix’ (as in the ‘market mix’).

And, it all started with GRAHAM BELL’s telephone.

In fact, if you scour the internet, you will discover that, it was not Graham Bell that originally invented the telephone, but the court, US and history at large just credited it to his name because of the wise and skilful innovations he added to the original patent that made it commercially viable till date!

(* the basic idea or the general idea here refers to communication by the old, usual and the natural means.

** while the main new idea here refers to communication by the new means i.e. the newly discovered or to be discovered means, in the case of telephone – communication by means of electrical wires).

That is what I referred to as ‘stealing wisely’ in chapter 9 of this course:

In our days – the 21st century, you don’t even need to steal, just ask the experts for a sample or complimentary copy and they will happily oblique.

So don’t be afraid to give an old information a new dress, shape or form. It could turn out to be very useful to you or at least to the rest of the people out there.

No, just go and take a long-drawn-look at the marketplaces, the categories, the niches and the sub niches and you will discover profitable niches to play along.

Sites like Nairaland, Hot Spot, ClickBank or JVZoo are good places to begin.

3.6.0 How to Decide on the Kind of Product That You Want to Create

Please note well what I want to say now.

It is what makes the difference between a successful business and a struggling one. It also applies to offline business, not just internet marketing only.

Do not sell what people are not looking for. Find out what they are looking for to use and solve their problems and fetch out or create the information product(s) for them and they will happily and repeatedly hand over their money to you in exchange for the solution to their problem.

Another way to say this is:

People generally want to buy solution to their problems. They have a pain they want to relieve, they have a sore or painful area in their live that they want to resolve as soon as possible or they have a level of pleasure that they want to enjoy. That is the reason they go online to seek for solutions.

Thus, your product must be a solution to their sore or painful areas of their lives, or it must provide the pleasure they need. It must relieve a specific pain(s) or give them a specific pleasure(s) they were looking for.

That and that alone is what will make them match down your website in droves in search for your product. So far as it resolve the pains or provide the needed pleasure, they will happily and repeatedly pay you for it.

But, there is still another way of saying this: ‘in online business, first, find out what people want to buy, then, find (or create) the product and sell to them at a profit’.

In practice, this applies in reverse order to offline business: where people first, find or create the product before they set out to find a market to sell to.

Thus, this small difference is what makes online business a highly profitable venture compared to offline counterparts.

By the time you finish the process of getting your information product, the market is ready, willing and even very hungry to buy it from you.

3.6.1 Meet Specific Need

You Can Be Sure Your Product Will Meet Specific Need and bring in high returns by doing the following things:

  • Conduct a Survey of Your Audience

This is possible if you have an existing Blog or Email list. If not, do not worry, there are many other ways to do this as we shall see next.

On your blog comment or email feedback, ask them the type of product that they will like to have, the format and the topics they will like treated. Find time to interact with your blog readers or members of your list. It can be very rewarding.

  • Scour the Internet for Blog Comments and Forums on Your Niche Market

Many people go online to talk about their problems and their cares. If there are many people talking about a certain issue in a forum or blog, this means that products that resolve such matter will sell well. Some blogs and forum require signed membership for this very reason, so do not be afraid to sign up. Do not ignore the social media in the process: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google Hangout, etc.

  • Read Between the Lines

This an advanced tactics. If you are already selling affiliate products online successfully, then watch out the type of products that people buys regularly and create similar product of your own in the market. It will sell like wildfire.

Remember, everything is a remix!

Not only in this business but in all aspects of life, everything is a remix.

You can also observe your blog for the most widely read articles and then create related products for sale. Then just add your links to those popular products and you are good to go.

  • Showcase Your Expertise

I have already talked on this in the previous paragraphs. As a professional, if you have a high-in-demand expertise (e.g. a beautician, physiotherapist, naturalist, etc.), then you can do market research to find out how people like you are selling theirs online and follow suit.

To avoid creating a product that will not make you money for your effort and investment follow these step one by one and will you find among them one, two or more that you can follow through based on your level of experience.

Please go back and follow the above steps one after the other to arrive at a marketable and profitable product(s).

3.7.0 Start with Your Most Convenient Method

  • Audio – you can just read out or dictate or talk what you intend to write in a standby microphone in a silent environment where there is no background noise. At the end what you have is an Audio product that you can sell anywhere around the globe.

Audacity is one of the best tools for doing this, Google for: audacityteam.

  • eBook – later, copying out the content of your audio product into a computer software like the Microsoft word (Open Office, it’s a FREE software, just browse and get it on the net) will create an eBook for you.

To sell it online all you need is to turn it into a Portable Document File (PDF) and it becomes a scalable product. More on this in a while.

  • Video – in most part of the world, people who wax music for the first time usually start with an audio CD and later a Video CD and progress to other formats including FLAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, etc. or vice versa.

Did you ever ask, why?

Convenience, cost and preferences.

Camtasia Studio is one of the best and industry standard nowadays for online video. But you can even start with your smart phone and upload the videos onto YouTube and it will be acceptable while you are making money to acquire expensive camera or learning how to use online software like Camtasia.

3.8 Other Product Forms

In the final analysis, your product must take so many forms so that you can sell it in so many markets in response to the market preferences.

Such forms include:

Audio training

Video series

Questions and answers

Membership Site with new contents added monthly

eBooks

Coaching supported by telephone calls,

Emails,

Skype,

Webinar,

Short reports,

Assignments,

Templates,

Continuity programs – weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, bimonthly, etc.

Workbooks,

Swipe files, and so on and so forth.

Suppose you want to start by creating your own digital product now, how do you start?

3.9.0 The Process

Below is an example of steps to follow in your information product creation process:

3.9.1 Do your market research

Google Keyword Planner, Market Samurai, and Longtail Pro, Nichebot are the best tools in the market for this task. I have already discussed in one of this course how to use at least one of them. You can Google for others.

3.9.2 Sourcing for Marketable Information

To make product creation a lot easier for most green horns and even topflight experienced business executives, there are ethical ways that you can source for information to make your new products.

Such ways include but not limited to:

  • Private resale rights

Just type that into your browser and you will find multiple sites to choose from. Usually you buy and rewrite them as your own product and add your own angle to the product. Remember this product is sold to many people and not only you, so endeavor to polish it to make it unique. If you are using free products for this, always endeavor to check out the rights, to avoid legal issues in the future.

  • Interview experts

Find out experts in your field and interview them. You can then use transcription services at Fiverr, Upwork, etc. to write them out in any form that you want.

  • Compile popular questions and give answers

You can do this by yourself even as a newbie in your market niche. You can also use freelancers at: Peopleperhour, 99designs, Craiglist, Toptal, etc.

  • Permissible thefts

Go to EzineArticles.com and browse for your popular categories. Download about 50 articles in your chosen niche topic and compile them into an eBook. You can cite them in bits and pieces and spice the book up with some Vimeo or YouTube videos.

This is legal so far as you keep the authors’ resource boxes intact. Remember to insert link to your site as you introduce the subject matter, turn it into PDF and sell.

  • Record other people seminar and reuse

You can help a friend record his seminar on the agreement that you will use it also to promote your own products. Your phone or your camera can do the job cheap for you, no need for a professional cameraman.

  • Set up webinars and teleseminars

You need some experience and confidence to do this, albeit it is not a hard thing. You can skip this till when you have enough money to hire expert to help you in the process. There are free and paid services to choose from.

The free ones are: Google hangout, zoom, bigbluebutton, join.me, meetingburner, mikogo, zohomeeting, webhurdle.

Anymeeting and gotomeeting are paid service, but they also have free trials for new clients.

  • Screen capture your skills using your computer

If you want to teach your skills to online audience, this is the preferred approach.

There is a free tool you can use for this: screencast-o-matic

  • Adapt a successful eBook into another language

China is a global destination now for global trade. Find a book, obtain the right and adapt it into Chinese and it will sell like hot cake. You can also do this with other books and other languages.

This is called Transcription service.

3.10.0 The Act and the Art of Creating Your Own Product

3.10.1 Write out your product outline

Start with major topics that you would discuss in your eBook, then write out the bullet points under each topic. As you fill in simple explanations in between the major topics will later become the chapters, while the bullet points will become the sections and sub sections of the book.

3.10.2 Write the eBook in Full

After the initial rough or manuscript as some may like to call it, go through the product again with the aim of crossing the tees and dotting the ais. Also read the whole plot with the aim of ensuring Mechanical Accuracy and some Congruence in the points presented.

Some people may differ on this by saying that you should not aim at perfection, there is actually no prefect product in the market as the Internet world is always changing in a very fast rate.

But I am not advocating perfection here, but wish to clarify the fact that there is always a growing competition in the marketplace and most victims are poorly and unduly hurried products.

If you found it more convenience to start with the Audio format, you can also use this software to get both Audio and eBook copies delivered to you online at the same time at:

dragon speech recognition software

3.10.3 Turn it into PDF

From your Microsoft word (Microsoft Open Office), you can easily convert your eBook into a PDF format. PDF is a globally available software that is usable in all types of computers.

This is advisable to do as you will be sending your eBook to different people in different parts of the world. Different people in different environments are orientated to different software, so it is good to have your eBook in a generally acceptable format that satisfies these global markets.

Henceforth, think and see your business as a global venture.

3.10.4 Make Your eBook Beautiful

It is more than a common sense to note here that if you add an attractive eBook cover to your product, you will attract more sales than if you just sold it as an ordinary PDF.

Period.

If you don’t know how to do this yourself, employ the services of experts online at ebookbaby, myecovermaker or even at Fiverr.

3.11 Write the Email Swipes

Email swipes will form part of your marketing materials.

See yourself now as a Vendor in one or more of the Affiliate Program sites like ClickBank or Affiliate network like Commission Junction.

Email swipes are follow up emails that you and your Affiliates will be using to follow up your prospects. It is known that most people won’t buy from you until you have been in touch with them for about seven times. Go ahead and write them now.

3.12 Create and Set up the Sales letter

A Sales Letter is your secret sales machine and the untiring Salesman.

This is going to be the page that you are going to show to your prospects who sign-up in response to your ads. It gives in details the benefits of your product, why he should buy now, how much he should pay into which account.

Ensure that your sales letter is professionally written. A good blend of text and graphics is recommended.

But if you are scared, you can get a virtual assistant at Fiverr to handle this on your behalf.

3.13 Set up Everything and Get Ready For Sales

By now you must have set-up a self-hosted website for this product. There are FREE and reliable software as well as paid once for this depending on your budget.

Just upload everything – the email swipes, sales letter, all the graphics and relevant files onto the website.

Remember to test-run everything by yourself, as well as asking your friends or mentors to also help you test-run, before you begin to advertise your business to the public.

3.14 The Profits are in the Links

I want to end this chapter by emphasizing the fact that we are living in the LINK ECONOMY. In other words, the profits of this business flows through the links.

This means check all your links to ensure that they all work fine. Use affiliate link where appropriate, confirm your right to use free products sourced online to avoid legal issues; and most of all be sure the download link of your own product is working as intended.

That’s the deal.

4.0 CONCLUSION

I just notice that I have gone so far, many pages, many sections and sub sections.

This is because, when you have your own product that is where the Internet Riches that you have been hearing of, actually comes from.

5.0 SUMMARY

I covered step by step details on how to create your own profitable product for the marketplace. But there are still other details that I have left out for the next chapter.

6.0 ASSIGNMENT

Go over this chapter again and again to get a good grasp of the process as I will be dealing with another aspect of this fast-tract riches in the next chapter.



Source by David Udofort

A Review of Amazon’s Kindle App For Apple’s iPad

Overview:

The Kindle app is designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, providing users the ability to read Kindle books in a bright, and crisp color screen. The Kindle store has over 540,000 ebooks including bestsellers and new releases. In addition, books published before 1923 and other classic books are free!

Whether you read your Kindle books on your Mac, PC, BlackBerry, Kindle, and Kindle DX; the Kindle App in conjunction with Whisper sync instantly syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all of your devices, so you can pick up right where you left off regardless of what device you happen to be reading on.

Kindle iPad App highlights:

* Over 540,000 Kindle books. 105 of 112 NY Times Best Sellers

* Cheap prices for NY Times best sellers starting at $9.99

* Free classic books like Sherlock Holmes and the Bible

* You can read the 1st chapter of very book for free.

* Bright Color Screen

* Customize background color, font, and font color

* Tap either side of the screen to turn page.

* Read in landscape or portrait mode

Fun Features not found on Kindle

* Add comments, highlights, and bookmarks.

* Zoom in and out on images.

* Home Library view

Review:

Installation

Installing the kindle App in your eye pad is easy as apple pie. Simply download the Kindle App for free and log in my signing into your account. If you currently have a physical kindle, you will find all your books in your archive ready to download with a push of a button. The Kindle iPad app will sync up your existing reading library. There’s also the ability to drop multiple bookmarks, skip between them, switch animated page turns on or off, and adjust the font and background hue of your digital pages. Downloading is very simple as your books are not organized in a slow and long single page mode of the physical Kindle. You get to see the full-color book cover which you can easily navigate by sliding your fingers along your collection.

Settings

When opening the settings, you are given the choice of reading backgrounds from white, black, and sepia. Sepia gives the most “book” like experience. In addition, text size and color is fully customizable.

Note taking

Simply touch on any word or highlight any section to take notes. The virtual screen pops up. Write what you wish!

Page Turning

You feel like reading a real book since each page turn in animated just like a real book. For those who quickly want to flip through a book, there is also a “Basic Reading Mode” option than turns off the animations.

Purchasing a Book

Assuming you already have an Amazon account. Just tap in your username and password, and you’ll be able to choose which Kindle device to send your book too. After you have purchased your book of choice, there’s a simple button to take you back the Kindle iPad app and closes Safari.

Reading Experience

We suggest getting an anti-reflective overlay if you are reading a lot with the iPad. Even a simple overhead light will induce a glare. Otherwise, the sharp crisp and colorful screen is far beyond the physical Kindle. You can easily place bookmarks by tapping the screen for the menu bar, then just tap the upper right corner of your screen on the bookmark icon.

Conclusion

Amazon’s free app and selection make it a must have if you plan to read books on your iPad. While Apple has it’s proprietary iBook app, we anticipate most people will purchase their books through Amazon due to its ability to integrate with multiple devices and the physical Kindle, and mainly because of the lower prices on books as of this writing.



Source by John Noel

Videos And Cameras

Greater number of frames ensures that each detail is captured in the footage and videos are seldom choppy as in other camera phone recorded videos. They also offer extensive background information for all featured artist, including bios, discographies, photos, videos and lyrics. When viewing videos of those special moments, we have all felt that we were re-living the actual experiences.

You can also shoot videos wit this camera. There are a lot more free videos to watch than I expected. There are aerobic videos that emphasize different parts of the body, your spine, neck, shoulders, arms, legs etc.

Shoot any event as it happen in videos and share with those who missed it. Several complete videos demonstrating in detail how to use some of the advanced features of these programs are included in the member’s areas. You can also record and play videos on your very own K610i white.

The resolution for still images is 2048×1536-pixel whereas it is 352×288 for videos. You can also capture 15-second videos and photos via this Verizon cell phone. Get the full screen display of your photos and MPEG4 videos on the high resolution 262K colours 240 x 320 pixels TFT LCD screen.

It seems like there is something very appealing about video on the Internet and for the first time in history anyone can reach a mass audience with their very own videos. 3 megapixel camera with zoom, built-in flash and a night mode option, and clicks decent quality pictures and records videos that can be stored in the phones internal memory to be cherished later. Shooting high quality videos for up to an hour is also possible.

You can transfer your videos to any compatible PC with Bluetooth and USB. Pictures and videos taken with Nokia 6280 can be viewed directly on the screen and then shared with others via MMS or email. Stick one of the Serious cards into your hardware and immediately welcome to stacks of interactive content all about your favourite sportsmen, that includes full screen action videos, bios, stats, photos, music, downloadables, trivia, games, email postcards.



Source by Sohel Katir

The Long Lasting Popularity of Escape Games Online

In today’s Internet society it is not uncommon to notice people of all ages and different ethnic groups, hooked up to free online games. Some readers may be left wondering where they can get a hold of these so called escape games to play online for free. A random search in Google will yield more than a million results. Considering that escape games are browser based games built in flash, by Adobe, thousands of free arcade websites are increasingly hosting these type of games. The escape game genre has grown to such extent, they are now split into different themes, the most popular being room escape games.

Room escape games start you off in a virtual room. The first move made by the player would typically be to look around for clues. Hints will be given as to where you are and how to get out of your confinement. Secondly, the player will need to make an effort to put these clues together in order to come up with some kind of plan of how to escape the room. The game follows a simple to use interface through the use of arrow keys and some use of the mouse. Some games even feature a zoom function to better close in on some objects.

Engaging these games do not require the player to learn long and complicated rules. Room escape games are made for all ages. Both young and old can not only play the game successfully, but enjoy themselves as well. The implementation of new and more advanced graphics technology allow for background images of impressive detail. The music score and special effects are top notch as well. More choices are available to the players, to the extent that they can chose a room theme in which to play in as a game option. Thus, being able to configure your game in this manner every time you play, will provide the gamer with practically a new game every time. One can also adjust the level of difficulty you would like to experience. Although the difficulty level will automatically increase with the completion of each level.

It is easy to see why so many online gamers fall in love with this type of game. A simple story line, and easy to use controls, allow for an easy to use yet exciting game anyone can play. It may be also true that as you go up in the ranks, some puzzles may pose an undesirable level of difficulty, which may stand in the way to a successful completion. However, the experience of beating these hard to beat obstacles actually makes the game so much more exhilarating. In the end, you will be left looking for more and tougher challenges, making you an avid fan of escape games online.

For adults, escape games provide an escape to virtual world, away from the everyday chores. For kids, a much needed brain exercise on their short term memory necessary when solving the puzzles. Thus, everybody wins.



Source by Damian Cross

Preparing for a Video Interview

Download the Correct Technology and Applications

Having the correct technology will be necessary. When talking with the potential employer, ask which application they use for video interviews so you can download it and explore it ahead of time. Applications like Skype and Zoom are the most popular, since they are easy to use. You also want to make sure your computer is fast enough to handle a video interview so there are no delays or lag times.

Make Sure to Test the App

You may be a tech savvy person, but testing is crucial. Testing the application involves making sure your camera works correctly, ensuring you can connect to the application, and determining whether there are any transmission issues. You don’t want to be struggling with navigating through the app during the interview, so doing your testing well in advance will make the process seamless.

Professional Resume Services is here to help executives develop their executive profile, LinkedIn profile, resume or anything else related to their job search. We can also provide helpful tips throughout the interview process to help you improve your chances of landing the job. Feel free to reach out to us at any time to learn more about how our services can benefit you.

Do a Trial Run With a Friend

Just as you do a run through in preparing for a face to face interview, you should do a trial run for a video interview. You may have shared your executive profile with a family member or friend to proofread, and now you can use them again to practice for a video interview. The things you should be looking for are camera angles, lighting, and whether or not there is lag time when communicating. Even a one-second lag time can make it seem like you are interrupting the interviewer, so you don’t want that to be an issue.

Presentation Matters

You may think that a video interview is not as “professional” and your appearance isn’t as important. You would be wrong. Your LinkedIn profile should have a professional headshot, and you need to match the professionalism in your video interview as well. Just because you are interviewing from your home doesn’t mean you should dress casually. It’s tempting to wear shorts and only put on a nice shirt, since the interviewers will only see your upper body. However, if you have to get up for any reason, the embarrassment of not having on dress pants could be devastating.

Get Rid of Potential Distractions

Lastly, look around the space where the interview will take place. What items could be a distraction? Is there a clock that makes a sound at the top of each hour? What about any clutter in the background? All of these may seem normal to you since you live with them, but can create huge distractions during a video interview. Take the advice from the best professional resume writers and make the room you’re interviewing in look like a professional environment, as much as possible.



Source by Erin Kennedy

Virtual Funerals, Here’s What You Need to Know for the New Normal

Like most of you, I’ve never been advised to “shelter in place” and the term “social distancing” was not a part of my vernacular. But the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed all that, and many of our loved ones, especially our elders or those with compromised immune systems, are in danger.

How are we going to celebrate their lives should they succumb to the virus in the coming days, weeks and months? How are we going to honor those who will pass away by natural causes, or sadly, by tragedy during these times when gathering together is not possible? The populations who will most likely die in the largest proportion are going to be the elderly. Therefore the people who would have been attending the funeral or life celebration are also going to be 60 years or older. The elderly population with underlying health issues is most susceptible to this virus. Clearly the last thing we need is coming together and putting people at risk. At the same time, surrounding one another is exactly what we need in times of sorrow. It’s crucial to give ourselves, as well as the family and friends of the departed, a time and place to grieve. Experts are saying this virus may be around for months. Where is the best place to do this to insure the safety of all? The answer is virtually on your phone, tablet or computer.

Just as we’ve seen in Italy, celebrations can happen by coordination, and suddenly everyone is opening their windows and singing at the same time. A virtual funeral can be arranged in much the same way. As with planning a typical funeral, you will want to let people know the date when your life celebration will be taking place via a standard obituary in the newspaper, an announcement on Facebook, through an email, text messages, phone calls and even handwritten invitations.

Family and friends will find an added benefit that with a virtual funeral it will eliminate the rush for them to make airline reservations, hotel reservations and spend a lot of money they most likely didn’t have in their budget. If they have prior commitments at the time of the virtual funeral almost all of the platforms allow you to record it and share the link for viewing at a later time.

If you think you may be losing a loved soon, why not make the best of your time at home? Why not go through our boxes of old photos and review all of those pictures on our computers and phones? Scanning in photos of your loved one, adding in pictures of favorite memories, and downloading his or her favorite music will not only personalize the event, but also it can add the warmth that is so needed during times of loss.

You can also familiarize yourself with the many platforms that you might be using to virtually assemble your loved ones such as zoom.us, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live, Skype and YouTube Live.

There’s a lot to do when planning a funeral and planning a virtual one is no different. The following checklist will give you a head start. If you think you may need to host a virtual funeral here are some things you can do to get a head start:

YOUR VIRTUAL FUNERAL GUIDE

• Test various platforms with a friend to see which you prefer. I recommend zoom.us. If you are not familiar with the video conferencing you’ll want to go to their website zoom website and click on meetings and watch the video showing how it works.

• Start collecting emails and phone numbers of friends and family members who would most likely want to attend the funeral. Texting the link to the service is also an option.

• Gather photos and if they aren’t digital you’ll want to start scanning or taking pictures of the photos and storing them in a folder. When the time comes, you can ask friends and family to share their photos as well.

• Plan to have a Power Point presentation of the photos. You can ask a friend or family member for help with the Power Point presentation if you are not familiar with the program. The zoom.com video conferencing system allows you to post a power point presentation, videos, photos or any file from your computer.

• Put together a music playlist of your loved one’s favorite songs. Consider having a musician and or singer present.

• Plan on putting together a memory table of items that were important to the person (I’d want a pickle ball paddle and a box or two of See’s candy on my table). The table can be in the background on the screen and displayed in a photo shown in the Power Point presentation.

• It’s important to allow attendees tuning in to be able to share their memories live during the event or ahead of time. You’ll want to capture those memories and archive them. Most of the platforms allow attendees to post memories they’d like to share.

• Think about who you would want in your small group to be present. These would be friends and family who would be giving eulogies and perhaps a musician or vocalist. Keep in mind you will want to social distance yourselves so keep the group very small (at this time the limit is 10 attendees).

• Do you have a quiet room without the interruption of barking dogs or crying children where you could host the service? A funeral home may still be the ideal place to meet. Many funeral directors are familiar with the technology that enables people to view the service without being present so inquire with funeral homes when you are making arrangements.

• Plan to have an order of service printed that you can share before the service and show it behind you at the service.

• Most importantly have a dry run before the service maybe even the day before so people can get familiar with the technology before the service. At the dry run, you could have a virtual toast online where everyone joins in for a drink of the departed’s favorite beverage the night before the service to help everyone get their phone, tablet or computer ready.

• Plan to record the service and share with everyone so they are not panicked that they missed it. Computers can go dark, the internet can go down, and batteries can die, so recording the service is a must.

• Pay attention to the sound. Some of your audience may be hard of hearing so make sure to test the microphone and make sure everyone who speaks can be understood.

If you think you may be invited to attend a virtual funeral here is how you can prepare. If you are not technologically savvy, now would be a good time to ask for help from someone you know who is.

• Download the app that the host has chosen well in advance.

• If you have a dated desktop computer, you will want to gain access to a computer, camera or tablet with a camera and a microphone.

• Go through your photo albums and phone to collect your favorite photos of the departed so you can share with the host.

• Spread the word about the service to friends of the departed and offer to help via a phone call to get their electronic device working in time for the service.

As with in-person funerals, at which a favor or token of remembrance is offered, It would also be nice to send attendees a little something to keep the memory of the departed alive. It is always comforting to have something to physically touch in memory of those no longer with us. A seedling with a personalized note inviting people to plant the tree to remember the departed would be a nice touch and great for our environment. A personalized plantable butterfly bookmark would also give them something to hold on to and remember their friend or family member would also be a nice option. You can find both products at next gen memorials.

This virus is forever changing the way we socialize, shop, learn, work and get medical care. Will this pandemic change the way we celebrate the life of the departed? Absolutely. The bottom line is, get ready now so you aren’t stressed with the details of putting something together when you are emotionally drained from the loss.



Source by Mary Hickey

Virtual Communication: Staying Professional While Working Remotely

Be Mindful of Your Background

Piles of laundry or personal photos may be fine when you’re having a video chat with friends, but for professional interactions, you need to curate a more polished background. I have been on calls where I see clothes hanging in the background or closet doors open. Treat your background as you would your work space in your office. Take some time to consider where you will be making calls from, and do a test run in advance to make sure nothing unexpected is creeping into the frame. Can’t find an appropriate space in your home? Many programs, including Zoom, allow you to use a picture as a virtual background.

Keep Your Information Private

If you’ll be sharing your screen at any point, take care that your personal computer activity isn’t on display for all to see. Have your slidedeck open in the background and ready to be uploaded to share. Whenever possible, share the specific application that you want your audience to see (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation or Word document) rather than sharing your full desktop. If you are sharing an internet browser, be sure to close all unnecessary tabs beforehand. You should also be aware that if you search in the address bar of your browser, auto-complete may reveal previous searches to your audience. To avoid this, clear your history, or navigate to sites before sharing your screen.

Minimize Distractions

Family members or pets can be a major distraction if they wander into your frame while you’re speaking. If you can, make your call from a room with a closed door, and put a sign outside beforehand reminding people that you will be on a call at a certain time. If you’re unable to isolate yourself, try to make calls with your back to a wall so that no one needs to walk behind you as they cross the room. If you have a furry friend who just can’t resist cuddling you while you work, put them in a closed room or distract them with a toy or long-lasting treat before you begin. Of course, working from home has it’s challenges and consider the audience on the call. Many won’t mind the occasional child or the pet – but many will mind the pet barking.

The virtual platform is here to stay. We will be continuing to conduce business in the new “hybrid era.” Be sure you move forward professionally in this new chapter.



Source by Jayne Latz