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Share Your Thoughts on the NAR Video Podcast

In case you might have missed it, the 2008 NAR President, Dick Gaylord, published a video podcast entitled, “10 Tips to Boost Your Business.”

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If you watched my video above, you know how I feel about the video. I’m interested to know what YOU thought about it. I think that this type of thing is most definitely a step in the right direction for NAR, so I want all of the good folks here at Agent Genius to leave a comment and offer insight, feedback and constructive criticism. I’m not interested as much in what you thought of the content as what you thought of the execution. Is it effective? How could it be better? Are some topics better suited for this than others?

I think that NAR deserves some credit for stepping up and showing some leadership by example when it comes to podcasting and the use of video. What do you think?

Believe it or not, NAR is paying attention, so now is a perfect opportunity to be heard.

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  1. Benjamin Bach

    April 15, 2008 at 4:14 am

    I liked the video, it’s the right forum for NAR to communicate with their members on a topic like this.

    Daniel, what camera are you using ? I picked up a webcam which *sucked* (never spend a little less than you think you should 🙂

    I want to get the Flip Ultra, but can’t find them in Canada. I think i’ll just grab one off the ‘bay. What is your reccomendation ?

    Be Great!

  2. Laura S Flournoy

    April 15, 2008 at 8:36 am

    I liked it (them). The set felt standard. I don’t want to see distracting hand movements, or feel there is a need for walking/pacing. Was it stiff, yep. But lets give Dick 10 (+/-) podcasts and he will be totally at home. Constructive criticism. That’s they way to make a difference. Great!….. thank you.
    Hay ~ going to talk about the book in this forum some?

  3. Daniel Rothamel

    April 15, 2008 at 10:45 am


    Funny you should mention the Flip– that is exactly what I used to make this video! I happen to like it, but reviews are mixed, for the most part. I didn’t know they were withholding them from our good friends up north. 🙂

    It is a decent camera, but if you are on a Mac, the downloading can sometimes be kludgy. There are digital still cameras that can record video of pretty much the same quality, it all depends on your needs.


    That is great feedback. I agree with you that, with practice, Dick will get even better. Actually, I thought that he looked pretty darn good in this one. With regards to the book, I don’t know. I hadn’t considered it. The first post will be next week, so we’ll see what people think!


  4. Danilo Bogdanovic

    April 15, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I’m totally with you on the living room/fireplace thing. It was 82 degrees here in the DC metro area when I watched it, but I guess it’s still cold in Chicago.

    The point about his hands was right on. As the video went on, the more he moved his hands and was leaning forward. Looked like he was itching to get up.

    It’s great to see NAR embracing technologies that engage members other than the ones that just read newspapers or magazines. It’s a good step in the right direction and I hope they keep it up.

  5. Matthew Rathbun

    April 15, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Well… It was better than Saul Klien’s 🙂

    I actually liked it, I am more a content guy, than I am an ambiance guy. I would have been OK, with him getting up.

    I am very happy with what NAR has done here. They’ll get better over time and I am am sure that all of you will agree that the mere fact that NAR is responding to feedback is a great start.

    The issue with content is that it won’t always fit everyone’s specific market. But, I think that NAR did as good a job as anyone could giving global guidance.

  6. Greg Cremia

    April 16, 2008 at 7:24 am

    I guess I have gotten spoiled by the instant gratification of receiving my info instantly on the net. Part of this is my ability to scan the info to see if it is worth my full attention. Plus, scanning allows me to pull the info I need from the piece, whether it is at the front, middle or back of the piece, and move on.

    Both of these videos looked good but when I tried to scan (fast forward) I lost sight of the material that was forwarded over. Consequently, I had no idea if either of these videos was worth my time and I did not make it through either of them. I wanted to watch both of them in their entirety but my “internet attention span” got in the way and I clicked the “next” button.

    Internet consumers follow this same scanning pattern when they go looking for something. Very little is read in its entirety on the net. If what you want them to see is important but they can only find it by watching an entire video it might be getting overlooked. There is nothing unique on the internet. Everything can be found in multiple locations. If you put an obstacle in the way of the info they will move on and find the info elsewhere.

    I was shopping for something the other day and this person popped up on my screen trying to sell me on their site. It looked like a good site but this person annoyed me so much I just hit the “next” button. This site may have been the best one out there but the site itself got in the way of me scanning it and once again my internet attention span kicked in. NEXT.

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