Friday, December 2, 2011

YouTube: Broadcast Yourself "Solving Problems"

YouTube is one of the best "sharing" vehicles available on the internet today. People use it for lots of various reasons, but one of the most powerful ways in which people use YouTube is for helping others solve problems. People who are experts in specific content areas, video themselves performing their skill-sets. This is absolutely GENIUS! What better way to solve a problem, than watching an expert solve the same problem at YOUR convenience?

There are three things that I always ask myself when I need to solve a problem.

1. What do I need?
2. Where can I get it?
3. How do I use it?

When I don't know the answers to these questions, I immediately start searching YouTube. When I search YouTube, I search for specific demonstrations that are similar to the problem that I need to solve. A great YouTube channel for these types of demonstrations is Howcast.

Note: For tips on how to effectively perform a Google Search to find answers to your questions, refer to my "Why Do I Have to Memorize This When I Can Just Google It?" blog post

When searching YouTube to solve a problem, I typically start typing "how to" and then I will type in whatever it is that I need to know how to do. I usually get a lot of homemade videos, which can be very helpful because they show a real life problem getting solved. However, there are also professional videos that are uploaded as well, which can sometimes be even more helpful, due to the quality of the video.

Below are the top three types of videos that you can find on YouTube to help solve your problems.
  • A step-by-step guide while acting out a scenario.
  • A step-by-step guide of someone actually performing the task.
  • A step-by-step guide of a screencast showing you how to perform a task on a computer. 

Below are a few examples that I would like to share with you.

1. A step-by-step guide while acting out a scenario.

Problem: I'm locked out of my house and I need to pick my lock. (One could look up this video on a smartphone right outside his or her house).

Solution: YouTube



2. A step-by-step guide of someone actually performing the task

Problem: I need to solder a wire for my electronic device and I have never done it before.

Solution: YouTube




3. A step-by-step guide of a screencast showing you how to perform a task on the computer.

Problem: PowerPoint is not letting me insert my Flip Camera video. I need to convert my video file and I have no idea how to.

Solution: YouTube



So, the next time you find yourself solving a problem, or wanting to share your expertise with others ... pop up a video of yourself on YouTube and give back to the online community!


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