Author Topic: Kids stress about money. Let's change that.  (Read 905 times)


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Kids stress about money. Let's change that.
« on: October 24, 2018, 10:15:51 AM »
Hi Fellow Mustachians,

I grew up in a bus, and was scared about the lack of money my entire life. ( Yes! Kids stress about money.)

I have grow up, and became a financial planner.

My passion project is to help parents teach kids about money, but fear that my message gets scrambled.

You see I think you should teach toddlers about money. I think money has less to do with numbers and more to do with a mindset. That's teachable.

Will you please help me by watching this video and giving me your feedback?

Does the advice make sense?
Are you to board to even keep watching?
What would you want to know about teaching your kids about money?

Sending out a heartfelt thank you!!!!


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Re: Kids stress about money. Let's change that.
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 10:35:22 AM »
Youtube is a medium for people with the shortest attention spans possible.  It requires a very specific style of presentation to hold on to those special flutterbys, and you're not quite there yet.

You've edited out a lot of the natural pauses in conversation with jump cuts, but successful youtubers typically crank that up to eleven.  They never appear to be to pausing for a second, or thinking of what to say next, it just immediately flows into the next thought.  You're headed in the right direction compared to a lot of new youtubers, but I think your presentation could use some smoothing.  I'd consider re-recording the message to frontload the summary sentence, and THEN pitching the story to highlight it.  Write the dialogue out on paper in script format so that you're not winging it, and to make sure all of your sentences are grammatically correct.  Does this sound like work yet?

I also think your lighting needs work.  No matter how good the quality of the content, people judge videos based on production values.

You're an attractive person with something important to say, so I think you have a decent shot of getting youtube hits.  I'd recommend pouring on the charisma and enthusiasm to levels that would feel absolutely creepy in person, reshooting that vid with four times as much light, and then editing it down to no more than 90 seconds, tops.  As a first effort I think it has potential, but it still needs some work before you go viral. 

It's a sad fact of the internet age that normal people, conversing in normal fashion, are painfully dull.  Look at successful youtube personalities, hell look at successful commentators on CNN or Fox.  Not only are they all abnormally beautiful (or at least really interesting looking) people, they speak with such volume and clarity and enthusiasm that they appear almost wide-eyed in their frenzy, like they're about to reach through the screen and grab you.  If they acted like that while sitting in a restaurant you'd think they were crazy people.  That's the required presentation style for video communications in this day and age.


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Re: Kids stress about money. Let's change that.
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2018, 11:35:39 AM »
Dear Sol,

Thanks soooo much for the feedback. It gives me hope and direction to continue in. I feel very grateful for you and am going to do a random act of kindness today in your honer.


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Re: Kids stress about money. Let's change that.
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2018, 04:55:48 AM »
3m35 is insanely long for a Youtube video. Shoot for between 1 and 2 minutes. It needs to be fast fast fast. I only watched the first ten seconds then skipped ahead and watched the middle five seconds and stopped. I watched fifteen seconds of your video. This is how people browse on Youtube. I was not hooked. Once you have a few short 'headline' videos you could consider longer ones.

Brighter light, brighter colours (e.g. your outfit). Use props and visual aids.

My favourite Youtubers (I am kind of embarrassed to admit this...) are Kristen and Bethany of GirlDefined. I used to watch them on my phone while doing the washing up, though now we have a dishwasher I rarely do. The content often wasn't that interesting to me, but their style is perky and enthusiastic and a nice way to spend ten minutes. Try to learn from their production values and style. (Also watch their outtakes at the end for an idea of how they script, do takes and edit.)

Having a good Youtube channel is WORK. If it's something you really want to do, there is no reason you can't put the work in and improve. But it may be that you think it's not for you and you have another way to contribute to the world.


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Re: Kids stress about money. Let's change that.
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2018, 10:34:53 AM »
I watched it all and I agree with the last two comments. Definitely brighten it up, bright colors , happy and use visual aides and be on point to what you want to say. I think its a good subject to discuss and definitely needs to be addressed, but something about holding the baby seemed either distracting or took away from credibility because kept feeling you were trying to teach a baby. Idk that part might just of been me but I was a watcher and have 4 kids. Good Luck and I hope it works out for you!