Loom: Because a two minute video can save you a thousand words

Each day, I help someone—usually several someones—escape from tech purgatory.

You know tech purgatory, right? You’re doing something online (or offline) and just can’t get it to behave? You know if you just knew the secret option, the secret incantation or keyboard combination, you could get past this muddle and get on with the work you actually love doing. So frustrating.

I love to help with those muddles. To make the world right again, I could write a lengthy tome telling my folks they just need this-and-that setting, to do this/do that, stand on their head and rub their tummy, but that’s just one more novella they’d need to read to get out of tech purgatory, right?

You probably have your own version of this. If you’ve ever had trouble explaining how to sign up for your sessions, how to make one of your products work, or even just make clear what it is you DO, then you’ll get me when I say that a video is worth a thousand words. Maybe two thousand.

That’s where you and I can both use one of my favorite little tools, Loom. It’s a free service that lets you capture short videos with just one click of an icon in your web browser, or via a desktop app (for Mac, Windows, or Chromebook).

Once it’s installed (takes just a sec) you click, start the video, say/show what you need, and send them the link, all in the blink of an eye:

ONE:
Get Loom (just you – your viewer won’t need it)

Go to https://useloom.com (for Chrome) or to https://www.useloom.com/desktop (for your desktop/laptop) and follow the directions to download and install it.

TWO:
Start up Loom in your browser or desktop

OR

THREE:
Choose which of the three kinds of video you want to make, and Start Recording:

FOUR:
When you’re done, click the Loom icon again, or type Alt+Shift+L (Windows) or Option+Shift+L (Mac) to finish. Look for this box in the upper right:

 

FIVE:
Copy the link and send it to whoever needs it!  Here’s me in a short video that took me less than 2 minutes from start to finish:

From the moment I clicked the Loom icon on my browser to posting it here, 1 minute 45 seconds elapsed. The videos can be longer, shorter, or much more elaborate if you like (you can include screen captures, videos, etc.), but Loom’s strong point is the ability to just knock out a quick visual and share it with very little effort, so you can do more of it. Check it out. It’s super-handy and your clients will love you.

Love,
Margaret

 


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      Margaret Rode says:

      Thank you Trudy! We are all in this together…I love being able to help. It “floats my boat” as they say 🙂

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