Merry Christmas to you, indeed! ...and even though this must have been my worst Xmas of all (sick in bed with nausea and my intestines grumbling), I am really glad I have found the time this morning to prepare a few little video gems as a big thanks to you for being my reader.
Photo credit: Robin Good
Please find in this two-section video compilation, a few, memorable short video clips, I would like to share with you as my personal Christmas present.
In the first group are a few video pearls I have run into by accident during 2009 and which have really inspired and motivated me a great deal. You can use them yourself as motivation and spirit-boosters as the individuals in those videos show to be really special, moving individuals.
In the second one, which is much more personal, I am sharing a few video clips I have personally shot and to which, I am very dearly attached. They represent funny, loving, curious and unexpected memorable moments of my life which I like to share with you at this time: me singing, my wonderful parrot rapping on the music, the Italian "bersaglieri" (the military corp that is characterized by the fact that they always run), or the Indian cab driver in Rome, to whom I asked "what is a blog?".
I hope you will enjoy these video clips as much as I do. They should be enjoyable and spirit-lifting.
See if they have on you the same positive effect they have on me!
With my very best wishes of a wonderful Christmas!
Duration: 1' 51''
American actor Will Smith explains the importance of taking control of your life and making the right choices. Being successful and achieving important goals in your life is only a matter of how hard you try and how deeply you are convinced that you can make it. You always have the control, no matter what happens.
Duration: 2' 17''
What do people who were once paid to be creative for a living do when they are laid off? They get creative with their own lives. Lemonade is an independent film about 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and found their calling, encouraging people to listen to that little voice inside their head that asks, "What if?"
Duration: 3' 19''
Chris Anderson, chief editor of Wired USA, shares in this inspirational video why "free" is the optimal price to sell your products. No matter what industry you belong to or the products you sell, giving for free is the best way to create anticipation and engaging customers about your stuff. Then you can market whatever you want to by selling improved quality or a better package to earn revenues.
Duration: 6' 59''
In this short clip, Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, shares her own story as an entrepreneur: from borrowing money from a bank who didn't want to lend it to her, to her approaches to product diversification, positioning, marketing and passionate involvement with issues that really mattered to her beyond the commercial side of business.
In this video I share the basic reasons and motivations that have led me to seriously consider abandoning my well paid corporate communication consultant job and start a career as an independent web publisher. In a nutshell? Pursue your dreams and do what you are really interested into outside time shifts, bosses and money.
Duration: 16' 22''
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashermite Kingdom of Jordan has recently spoke at LeWeb '09 conference in Paris. This is the video of her entire, very inspirational speech about the real-time web and the power that real-time communications have when it comes to connecting different opinions and different cultures around worldwide issues.
Duration: 1' 12''
The "bersaglieri" are an Italian unique military corp, characterized by their tradition of running soldiers and by the unique hats and music that would accompany their passage at official ceremonies. Since I was a little kid, I fell in love with the "bersaglieri", for those very three reasons: they had great music, they always run and they had this fantastic hats full of plumes. So, the first time they came into reach under my office I didn't think one second about shooting at least a video clip of them playing a "classic" Neapolitan song: O' sordato 'nnammurato (the soldier in love). Merry Xmas bersaglieri d'Italia, you have been a great inspiration!
Duration: 0' 46''
Maybe not everyone can dig this very subtle ironic clip, that colleague Alessandro Luccardi caught during our 2005 shooting of TheWebLogProject "What is a blog" in via della Conciliazione in Rome. Alessandro was collecting video material from people on the street who were asked "What is a blog?" Again, this is 2005. Among the unplanned interviewees there was this foreign cab driver who stopped to try to help. Here is what he said when asked "what is a blog?".
Duration: 3' 36''
Wanna laugh at me? Here some truly rare piece of unofficial office footage, again dating back about 2005. This is me at my desk in my former office in via Giannone, performing one of Michael Frank's greatest: Eggplant. If you like jazzy tunes and me singing while seeing other people in my office work as I sing my heart outloud, you are well served here.
Duration: 1' 20'
This is "Funny", a wonderful little parrot, who can rap on music. Featured in the video is also my daughter Chiara who is holding him up for his unique performance. Merry Xmas to you Funny, we miss you a great deal!
Duration: 2' 27''
Taxi meets rap. This is not a video I have shot, but for one reason or another, I feel very close to it. Maybe the fact that I discovered it right after it was shot (2005 circa), maybe because the rap drives me through streets I know very well, fact is that I find this clip to be an absolute masterpiece. It captures street rapper and cab driver MC Mars doing his thing as he drives video evangelist Eli Chapman to his destination, in the streets of San Francisco. Love it. Merry Xmas to both of you: Eli and MC!
Merry Xmas to you!
Originally prepared by Robin Good for MasterNewMedia, and first published on December 25th, 2009 as Good's Christmas Video Box: 11 Video Clips That Inspire And Make You Smile.
Originally written by Robin Good and first published on MasterNewMedia.Robin Good -