When I met Tommy Spero on Meerkat one quiet windy afternoon as I sat glued to my computer monitor switching back and forth between online live streaming formats, I had no idea that I had met my “cosmic counterpart!” It turned out we “clicked” (as they say) instantly for a reason. Both having published books about our own feelings and experiences with transformation – we have a similar message, similar values, and have dealt with similar struggles in life. One main difference is, that I am doing my coaching and ministry solo – – and Tommy has a tribe. A true pack. Tommy is one of the Dudes. The Dudes of Disruption.
Up until now, I have barely gotten to know the dudes. I don’t think I have built their trust yet. I haven’t had long discussions with them as I have with Tommy. Alls I know is, they are super nice, highly intelligent, and very soulful. And, I wanted to know them better, so I invited them on the show, Tinsel Town Tonight.
If you like talk radio and Blab-ing about current issues that matter, you will want to hear what the Dudes have to say. I think men like their show because they are down to earth man’s men who engage with their audience, and challenge them, yet not in a threatening way. Women like to listen to the show (speaking for myself here) because they offer insights into the male psyche, they are entertaining, and most of all – they value the opinion of women and place themselves in a position to really listen to the female voice. (Or, offer thought provoking reasoning on why they don’t agree with some female opinion.) The show isn’t by any means anti-female or male exclusive – and although it seems to be geared toward the male audience – it is a show for every “disruptor.” In the same way a GQ or Maxim is directed towards the male audience, I enjoy flipping through one now and then – and I usually learn a thing or two! The Dudes of Disruption are, well, dudes – but the show is for everyone and they are consciously about being inclusive.
The dudes are “Disrupting the Automatic.” They are stirring the pot and making a difference in the way we think and act. And that’s a good thing. Like my own message, theirs is one of positivity and graciousness. The Dudes of Disruption have a higher purpose. I like that.
Tommy Spero – Creative Director of Soul NYC, Author of Messages in the Music, Radio & TV personality, Dude of Disruption, Branding & Marketing Consultant, Husband & Father
Tommy (executive producer of the Dudes of Disruption show) loves writing and producing music, he is currently working on Celia Spero’s (his daughter) original songs. He also plays in a local pub band in NYC. Recently Tommy published his first book, Messages in the Music, where he offers his own memories and reflections using song titles to inspire us. He is working on the next installment of “Messages” and spends his days writing, hanging with the Mrs (Tracey Spero – a very talented photographer,) and decorating their home. He is a wicked graphic designer and gifted public speaker, too!
Gregory Nesmith – On-Air Personality, Entrepreneur, and Activist. A Dude of Disruption, Producer/Host WURD UP SHOW, and co-founder EMH UNITED Real Estate Investment Company.
Greg (co-host of the Dudes) is totally into Talk Radio! He has an awesome radio voice and presence. He likes everything about sports. He loves to play / watch / & talk about sports.He enjoys following politics, having brunch with friends, and house hunting. (Sorry, ladies – I am pretty sure he “off the market!”)
Nick Papadopoulos – Senior Transformational Leader/Culture Disruptor/Radio Talk Show Host/Dude of Disruption/Keynote Speaker
Nick ( Co host of the Dudes) is an On-Air Personality, Transformational Leader, corporate culture Disruptor and Inspirational speaker. A Dude of Disruption and an executive at a hot start up called CultureIQ who brings people together so they realize their greatness. When asked about what he would like to discuss on Tinsel Town Tonight, he said, “We definitely want to promote our Podcast, as we are committed to reaching 1 Million people this year.”
He wants to grow the audience and inspire more people to hear the message of “disruption.” When describing the show he says, “It is an opportunity to awaken to what isn’t working, discover what is possible if there is change, and being inspired to take action.”
When Nick and the dudes “take over” Tinsel Town Tonight you can expect they will talk about their social media platform as well as some of the other things they are involved in as a group. For example, Nick, Greg, and Tommy organized the Dudes of Disruption Men’s Group NYC, where they lead men to realize their potential and how their power can serve them. You will see why they are in the top 10 of self help podcasts on Podomatic!
Like the Dudes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dudesofdisruption
Follow the Dudes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DoDtalkradio
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Contact the Dudes at firstname.lastname@example.org to book the Dudes for 1-on-1 coaching, creating a leadership program, and/or speaking engagements.
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When I spoke to the attendees at the recent Entertainment New Media Network Conference in Hollywood, CA – I talked to them about following their passions and using new technology to deliver their message. Video is the way to reach people around the world through social media like You Tube, Periscope, and Meerkat. I told them why I like to broadcast my show, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town live on Blab.im. Since we had a great mix of experienced YouTubers, Streamers, and Scopers in the room, I asked them to write down their interest in video or their preference, what is the name of their show or what they would call it if they had one, and a tip or a question about vlogging. Here is what they submitted along with the answers that I promised them:
Mary Ann would like to do a show on You Tube. Her blog is A Cloth Life
Her question: How do you know what to vlog about vs. blog about? How do you choose a focus if you blog about, “whatever?”
Great question, Mary Ann! Personally, I think it is the same for both bloggin and vlogging. Focus on the things that you like to talk about. Share your story and you can’t go wrong.
Anita just started using Periscope and she likes it! Her blog’s name is One Sleepy Mommy. She doesn’t have a You Tube account yet.
Her question: How do you make sure that you are not oversharing your life on video? How do you overcome your hesitance to be on the video. (I mean, my teeth are so crooked!)
I appreciate your candor Anita! I try not to think about the spaces in my teeth or my gray hair showing through. I just smile and shine my joyfulness about life and hope that is what the people see when they look at me. If they are nit-picky about how I look, they aren’t my audience anyway. As far as oversharing, it is wise to keep that to a minimum. Share the facts but not all the circumstances. Share how it made you feel, not all the details. When in doubt, leave it out. I like to make an outline or a list of what I want to share to keep me on track.
Liz says she doesn’t vlog much, she mostly does written film reviews. She might try You Tube. She likes Google Hangouts and Skype, but mostly for personal conversations. She has two blogs. Yes/NoFilms.com and BooksIThinkYouShouldRead.com
Her question: How is Meerkat different from Periscope.
Meerkat and Periscope are very similar in that they both allow you to stream live video using your cell phone. They are great for videos on the go. The only thing that differentiates them from each other are their features. I suggest trying both and choosing what appeals to you best. You might like Periscope for some things and Meerkat for others.
I find Meerkat to be a great community and I receive a lot of support from the people that I have met and follow on that platform. I also like the Cameo Feature, Picture Sharing, Screenshots, being able to take a Poll, and I never miss a comment because I can scroll back and see them all. I can also save the videos indefinitely to my Meerkat Library and Embed a player on my website. I am not familiar with the features on Persicope, but I love that it is easy to use and sometimes I enjoy seeing all those hearts float by.
She might do a vlog that she will call, “Summer’s Scoops” and her blog is SummerScraps.com
Her Question: What tools do you use? Do you use special camera mounts, like selfie sticks?
You don’t need any special tools to make a video these days, other than your cell phone Summer. If you have an iPhone or an Android, there are apps that you can use to make wonderful videos. It’s easy to post them right to You Tube and even edit them in the app.
If you want to try out some cool tools, here are a few suggestions: I use a desk lamp with a vellum covering to diffuse the light and get a soft glow. I use a camera tripod with a cell phone attachment to hold the phone steady. I always put my phone in airplane mode, which helps with limiting interruptions. I use my earbuds and built in mic or a lapel microphone for the best sound.
If she had a show on Periscope or You Tube she would call it “Merlot Mommy” or “Wine Wednesday” or “Travel Tips Tuesday.”
Her question: What are your best quick editing tips?
When it comes to editing my show for You Tube and iTunes, I use Wonder Share Editing Software and Movie Maker for Windows. I try to cut out long pauses (dead air) and any references to specific dates. I also remove any silly mistakes like mispronouncing a name or place. I make it quick by going through it one time and not obsessing about all the “imperfections.” I trim it for time and if I feel fancy, I add some captions and some music. Then I add an opening sequence and record the closing. This all takes time and I like it to look a certain way.
Since live streaming is seen instantaneously, I don’t edit it anymore. What you see is what you get. So, I try to be mindful of speaking clearly and taking little breaks to keep things fresh. When the show is over, I embed the video directly on my blog and sometimes I put it in it’s “raw” unedited form directly on You Tube. But that’s me. I know I can always go back and edit it later.
Francia blogs at FranciaBensonGoneWild.com She wants to start doing You Tube videos.
She is a poet, journalist, fashion photographer and blogger. She is afraid of making a fool of herself. She says she has a hard time being herself on her blog. She feels self conscious. She has tried to do a few videos and got paralyzed with fear.
Her Question: How can she get over her fear and rock out some awesome vids?
The important thing to remember Francia, is that you don’t have to do video if it isn’t your thing. People will sense your fear and will wonder what is wrong. Don’t do it just to be doing the “in” thing. If you are passionate about trying it and want to make it work, you will find your way. There is no hard and fast rule that you have to be “on camera” to make a video. You can show the world what you see from the perspective of being behind the camera lense.
You might consider using a program like Linked In’s Slide Share where you can upload your photos to make a presentation video.
Camille would like to use her iPhone video to Periscope and Facebook Live. She would call her show, “Sparks of Magic.” She wonders “What’s stopping me? Nerves. I am scared I will look and sound crazy. Also, I really don’t have much time.”
Her question: How do I overcome the fear of just turning on the camera?
If I were you Camille, I would start by taking short videos with your camera and practice. If you like it and want to try live streaming, do what all the ladies who are doing it and loving it say – – Just start! I know it sounds hard, but if you want it enough, you will do it. For me, I was challenged when someone asked me what was stopping me. I had all the tools I needed and I had wonderful ideas. You have a great name for your show! Run with it! Go for it! After all, what could go right?
You can find her on You Tube and Periscope with Finding My Inner Bombshell.
Her tip: Saying “please” and “thank you” and smiling will get you very far in life (and on video!)
You can also find her @rebeccaolkowski @rebeccaforstadt and BabyBoomster.com
Rebecca’s podcast is at 2BoomerBabes.com She uses Periscope and You Tube.
Her tip: Drive traffic from streaming video to your website.
Her presence is on You Tube at “Go Curvy.”
Her tip: Embed your video player on your website.
She uses Periscope and Blab. Her show is called: “At the Helm”
Her tip: Be your imperfect self.
She uses Periscope and Instagram. “Being Spiffy”
Her tip: Be You! Don’t try to sound or look like someone else. Your viewers love YOU!
She loves Periscope and You Tube. Her show is Ashlee Marie Cakes
Her Playlists are: Time for Cake, In the Kitchen with Ashlee Marie, and Kitchen Tips
Her tip: Just start. Don’t wait until it is perfect, until you are thin, or you have high end equipment. Start and it will fall into place.
Leah uses You Tube. Her vlogs are “On the Road with Leah” and “Livin on a Dream”
Her tip: Be consistent! Be You! Just do it!
She uses You Tube and Periscope. Her upcoming podcast will be called, “Marg in L.A.” or “Marg’s World”
Her tip: It won’t be perfect but make sure that it is always you. Your authenticity will come through.
Mindy uses Periscope. Her shows are “Budget Fairy Tale” and “Wedding Wednesdays”
Her tip: Don’t wait until everything is perfect.
She uses You Tube and Facebook. Her topics are: Frugal Living, Couponing and Smart Shopping
Her tip: Spend less than you earn!