Video Biz: Maximizing the Use of Videos in Your Business, by Course Creators, Tucson, AZ

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Video Biz class by Len Elder and Theresa Barnabei, Course Creators

Video Biz, a class on "how to maximize the use of videos in your business," is taught by Len Elder and Theresa Barnebei, national speakers and owners of a Tucson-based business called Course Creators.

Len Elder and Theresa Barnebei will be speakers at the upcoming NAR convention in San Diego.  If you're going to be there, don't miss these two.

Video for business

While many of you jumped right in with Flip Video last year, I was not an "early adopter" of the technology. I was intimidated by it.

That changed on Thursday of this past week.  I signed up for Course Creator's Video Biz seminar, knowing full well that the curve for learning about using video in my business had passed me by.  I knew I'd have to huff and puff a little to catch up with the rest of you.

In a room filled with REALTORs, I was the only lender.  I was encouraged, however, to see that I was not the old man of the group! If my count is right, there were 15 attendees.  The seminar accomplished much more than I expected.

I've always believed that my fingers have to do the walking if my brain is going to remember what I just heard.  Course Creators subscribes to that belief.  Elder & Barnabei produced a "hands on" class, and by the end of the day, all 15 or so students, ranging in age from twenty-something to seventy, had...

  • chosen a topic
  • written a storyboard,
  • shot and edited video,
  • inserted video clips, 
  • created transitions,
  • inserted still photographs to fill out the story,
  • created and inserted charts and graphs,
  • dubbed voice-over commentary,
  • added music in the background, and
  • produced a finished product. 

We even learned how to upload the movie to YouTube!  All for $99.

Theresa Barnebei has a passion for three things in her classes.  She tells her seminar students:

I want you to get it.

I want you to use it.

I want you to become more successful because of it.

I collected all three brass rings!  The Video Biz seminar was a huge success for me.  Len Elder and Theresa Barnabei have given me an effective new business tool. 

As a result, I'm looking forward to my next seminar with Course Creators.

You'll be seeing the results in future posts to my Active Rain blog and my two outside blogs.  Stay tuned!


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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Mike - I believe in the power of video.  I really do.  But I totally resist it because I'm not comfortable in front of a camera.  Especially a darned video camera!  LOL  Maybe I'll mellow in time.

Aug 08, 2009 05:06 PM #1
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
Real Estate Agents

I hear you and heard Katerina on her new video too. I still havent gathered enough nerves to do this just yet. My foreign accent bothers me ALOT.

Aug 08, 2009 05:12 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Mike! Congratulations on taking that BIG step--I'm with you, it passed me by but, once I finally DID it, the task is ALOT easier!  My encouragement to you--don't stop now!  Do SEVERAL of them so that they're second nature to you.  That is the mistake that I have made:  I created a couple, then that intimidation factor took over again and I need to just get out there and do one a week until it IS second nature for me.

Great post giving kudos to your instructors.  I look forward to seeing your posts sharing what you've learned!

Debe in Charlotte

Aug 08, 2009 05:22 PM #3
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

Mike, I tried it but was not pleased with the results. I'll be practicing more and will have it perfected soon.  See you at NAR!

Aug 08, 2009 05:41 PM #4
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Your experience was mirrored in the class.  I don't think one of us liked ourselves in the video the first time.  The interesting thing is that all of us thought the rest of the folks looked and sounded great.  It made me chuckle.


I'm working on getting that first one out the door.  I attended a seminar up in Scottsdale yesterday, took my new Flip Video, and took enough "footage" to do a story.  Your comment is ENCOURAGING!  Thanks.


The interesting thing about accents is that the rest of us don't mind at all.  As a kid, I grew up in Suriname, a country in which the national language is Dutch.  As a young teenager, I was self-conscious about my accent when speaking Dutch.  My friends helped me understand that they cared not one bit about my accent; they were interested in communication.  There's a lesson there for me in my business with respect to cold-calling, video blogging, and everything else that puts me out of my comfort zone.

I hope you jump right in with a video post.  I'll see you on your blog.


Thanks for being the first to comment.  Ditto my comment back to Loreena.  One thing I learned from Len and Theresa is that the camera doesn't always have to be on me.  It shouldn't be, in fact.  That's the cool thing about learning to narrate "voice-over" with other content.  (Now let's see if I can put it into practice...)  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Mike in Tucson

Aug 08, 2009 10:44 PM #5
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


I'm looking forward to desert videos!


Aug 09, 2009 12:35 AM #6
Patrick Randles
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ


Good Post. I have met Len and Theresa. They are both very dynamic and they think big. They are an asset to lots of agents in Tucson. Now you are going to "force" me to take their class...

Aug 09, 2009 01:35 AM #7
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Oh, maybe a little arm-twisting...  Thanks for commenting.


We aim to please.  :)

Mike in Tucson

Aug 09, 2009 01:50 AM #8
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

I love video and am using it a good bit for localism posts here, there and everywhere. Can't wait to see what you come up with. I'm sure it will be wonderful.

Aug 09, 2009 03:33 AM #9
Lynette Bruster
LegalShield - Tucson, AZ

I love classes taught by Len and/or Theresa!  I'll have to take the next one.

Aug 09, 2009 07:58 AM #10
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


You said, "In a room filled with REALTORs, I was the only lender"...Isn't that a LOs dream...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Aug 09, 2009 08:57 AM #11
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Yes it is!  LO(L)


They're a great pair!

Mike in Tucson

Aug 09, 2009 09:49 AM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Mike

Very informitive post, video is a must for the success real estate professional.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 09, 2009 11:00 AM #13
Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas - Leander, TX
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 23 US States

Hi Mike - I'm late to the video creation party, too. Couldn't see how it would fit in with the Blogging, but I guess if everyone else is doing it, it's time to join the party, eh?

Aug 09, 2009 12:42 PM #14
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge

Hi Mike,

I think Video is definitely the way to go.  However, as you mentioned, it takes time to become a true expert!  My business has grown substantially and I'm in the process of trying to put the right people in place to handle the growth! Keep up the good work!


Aug 09, 2009 01:18 PM #15
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I'm putting this in my schedule to do their class in San Diego. Thanks for the heads up.

Aug 09, 2009 03:09 PM #16
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


You won't be disappointed!


I'm following in your footsteps.


The video has meta-tags just like your posts, I learned.  And if we do it right, we engage our readers.  I'm pretty excited about the prospects.


I'm coming over to your blog to check out your video!  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Aug 09, 2009 05:03 PM #17
Dana Lim
Allstate Insurance - Tucson, AZ

Hi Mike,

Interesting....I didn't know this business existed.

By the way, our "GRO" group meets Friday at Kingfisher on Grant Rd.  11:30


Aug 17, 2009 12:50 AM #18
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Thanks, Dana!

I'll see you Friday at Kingfisher.

Mike in Tucson

Aug 17, 2009 07:31 AM #19
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