Today we’re going to discuss how to structure a video and what the components of a video are.

The importance of having a structure for your videos

  1. Simplifies video creation process
    1. Making videos to build your brand and grow your business shouldn’t be an all consuming part of your business.
    2. A structure, or even a template, makes it easier to prepare your video topics. Once you have a topic, you’ll know what needs to go in the video, instead of trying to come up with something each time.
    3. For example: my video structure is an introduction to the topic, usually describing a situation or problem; then 3 to 5 points that address the situation or problem; ending with a conclusion and call to action.
  2. Easier to make the videos
    1. An outline following your structure is usually enough to help you make the video and will help you maintain consistency among your videos in terms of content and length.
    2. No need to use a Teleprompter or read a script, which is a massive timesaver. You can make videos in a batch and have weeks, or months worth of content created in one session.
    3. In my case, I used to write out a script that would be used as a blog post; the script would be uploaded and used with my Teleprompter. Sounds cool but was very time-consuming, especially when making 3 to 4 videos a week. Now I can make 3 to 4 videos in one session in less than 30 minutes by following my structure.
  3. Speeds up editing and publishing
    1. A structure allows you to edit your videos in the same way every single time, which saves time and can be outsourced, if necessary.
    2. When preparing the YouTube description or blog post, you can use your notes instead of writing out everything in great detail, which also saves time.
    3. Example: My video content marketing videos and presentations videos are both edited the same way; they take about 30 minutes to edit, down from 1 to 2 hours because I don’t really use any B roll.

Actionable steps to take away from podcast

  1. Decide on a structure that works for your content and audience. The components are mainly the introduction, middle and ending. Figure out how you will fill in those components with your content. For example, I always introduce the situation or problem, then it’s my ideas or solution, followed by a conclusion and call to action.
  2. Write down the content for your topic in point form so you can now make your video without using a script or Teleprompter. Start with an FAQ and make your video.
  3. Refine your structure by ruthlessly critiquing and editing your video. Ask yourself if what you said in the video is absolutely necessary. Shorter videos that are to the point are, in my opinion, better for keeping your audience engaged and coming back for more videos.

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