A Birthday, A Change of Plan, And a Lot of Noise!

Dolgoch fallsWell, today has been a very special day.  We’ve planned this long weekend for months to celebrate Carole’s birthday.  We’d arranged for the boys to look after Jack so we could have the time to just the two of us – something that’s a rare commodity these days!

We’d been looking forward to the trip for weeks as, even though Carole is from South Wales, we were visiting an area neither of us had been to before.

We both love walking – particularly in the hills and mountains and, while neither of us is in the first flush of youth and are far from being as fit as we should be, Aberdovey/Aberdyfiwe’d both been looking forward to some walking in the mountains of Snowdonia.  But it didn’t quite work out that way, as you’ll see in this video.

Apologies for the appalling audio quality – the West Wales wind clearly thought it would be more interesting for you to hear than anything Ivan might say.  (What do you mean “it has a point”!)


We’ll be back soon,

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The State of the Internet – Q2 2012 – Frank Kern

Frank KernFrank Kern’s State of the Internet Address is one of the most eagerly awaited postings on the web for most people involved in marketing online

– and for a fair few people who aren’t involved, too!

And today was the day we got the email!  In true Frank Kern style, he cuts to the chase and lays out a plan for increasing your business income to five times its current size by the end of the year.

And, of course, there’s a pitch right at the end of the video – this is Frank Kern we’re talking about, after all.  In fact ‘pitch’ is too strong a word now – Frank’s status is such that Continue reading

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A personal message from Ivan

Hi there,

Ivan made a special journey yesterday, as it was a particular anniversary.  Watch the video and he’ll tell you all about it – and he has a special message for you right at the end (apologies for the dodgy camerawork).

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We’ll be back soon,

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Video on a Shoestring – An Experiment!

Panasonic LumixHi ,

It’s Carole here.  Way back in the second video of this series, Ivan showed you the camera we usually use to shoot our training videos.  In order to do that, he obviously needed to shoot that video on a different camera – so, he used my Panasonic Lumix, which I absolutely love for the great still pictures it lets me take, but I’d never really used the video function.

Anyway, while he was recording that session, Ivan had an idea for an experiment, which we think you’re going to like – especially if you haven’t yet bought a video camera, or if you have one already but without the mic input.  Check it out here and you’ll see what I mean.

So, provided you already have a digital stills camera with video capability and the video editing software, for around $10 plus some free audio software, you can seriously improve the sound quality of your videos!

We’ll be back soon with more from this series,

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How to Create a Banner Using PowerPoint

How to create a banner was something we were asked about recently.

 We decided the easiest way to explain was to make a video – and anyway we love making ‘how to’ videos.

how to create a bannerSo this video shows you a super-easy method  how to create a banner using Microsoft PowerPoint.  These are great if you’re planning to place ads for your business on other people’s websites.  You can also use the exact same techniques to make header images for your website.

So grab a coffee, pen and paper and be ready to take some notes – although you won’t have to take many – as we said, this really is super-easy!

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Let us know what you think in the comments box and, better still, send us links to the banners you make using these methods – we’d love to see them.

We’ll be back soon,

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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

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A personal note from me

This is a very personal post from me, Ivan, and it concerns something I didn’t think I’d ever write about – a dream. I’m not talking ‘dream’ in the sense of a goal, something you want to achieve in the future. No, I’m talking about the kind of dream you have while you’re asleep – the kind of dream I had last night.

In this dream, I was talking to my mother.  Now, it’s important that you know, if you don’t already, that my mother died some time ago.  I don’t recall the initial topic of our conversation but it soon was turned to one of her favourite hobby-horses.  I won’t mention what it was here, but it’s sufficient for you to know that it was a topic on which I disagreed with her at a very fundamental level – and she knew it.

I have never yet met a son who was able to argue in a calm, cogent manner with his mother, even when all the facts and the combined wisdom of the ages show him to be right.  I’m afraid I was no pioneer in this field, either.  So, in the way that sons do with their mothers, I put my own case ineffectually – and simply dismissed hers.

I also dismissed her from my dream.  Without waking, I chastised myself for this thoughtless act and pointed out to myself – still in my dream – that, while dreaming, I had the gift of being able to do something that I shall never again be able to do while awake.  Talk to my mother.  And I had thrown that gift away.  I realised I was analysing what I could do in my dream, while still dreaming and at that point I awoke with my dream hanging heavily over me and knowing that listening to my mother talk of things I profoundly disagree with would be infinitely preferable to the silence that has now fallen between us.

So, why am I telling you this?  You can perhaps draw your own conclusions, but I’d say it was to encourage you to seize the day – enjoy what you have and, if a loved one irritates you, remember they’re still a loved one and revel in the fact that you still have them because, in the words of Wayne Coyne, ‘everyone you know, someday, will die’.

We’ll be back soon,

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Want to be uplifted?

We all get days when things don’t go quite to plan – and some times a whole bunch of those days can come along at once and seem to gang up on us.

When things aren’t going right, we need something to remind us that, on the whole, life is pretty positive (even if we don’t feel that way right now).  So we want to give you that something right now!  Watch this video and it doesn’t matter how bad you feel (or how good, for that matter), we absolutley guarantee you will feel better and more uplifted afterwards.  And, if you don’t, just as us for your money back!

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We’re guessing you don’t want the refund!

Bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you’re having one of ‘those days’.

We’ll be back soon,

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A message just for Dads

Hi there, Ivan here; and I have a special message just for the dads who read this blog.  So, if any of you ladies are still reading – especially you mums – time to look away now!

Now we’re on our own, I’d like to talk to you about how you can act now to make 2011 different.  You may be wondering why you might want to make it different – if you watch my short video below, I’ll explain why I made changes and why you may want to as well.

I hope my brief message struck a chord and that we’ll be talking in person before long.

Ok ladies – you can start reading again now!

Back soon,

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