When I agreed to take part in the online interview produced by Willowbend Quilt Expo in January I threw caution to the wind, ignored the nagging voice in my mind casting doubt on good picture quality and my own professional presentation. I dressed up, applied makeup and attached my microphone in a non distracting manner ready to answer questions and share my special project.
The satellite connection worked relatively well for the first 30 minutes at which point the picture froze for Tim, the interviewer. I was completely unaware of this development and continued my instructions with enthusiasm and clarity – honest! I felt great when I was done – which lasted less than 15 seconds… at which point I was informed that I had to repeat my instructions. Tim had lost the feed from the point where I was talking about loosening the bobbin case screw to accommodate the soft metallic braid for optimum results in machine embroidery. The sentiment was: Go back to the beginning. I did. The second time didn’t work much better; the third try was the version that was presented on the air during the online quilt expo last week.
I was exhausted by then and didn’t know if I had covered all the steps and how clear my originally well prepared instructions were going to come across. The first time all my step-outs were neatly stacked and organized. While I talked about each step, I “flung” the step-out to the side. By the time it came to the third try I was somewhat flustered and had lost my concentration – to say the least!
My feature video aired last Wednesday, a day filled with other commitments for me. On Thursday morning, in honor of International Women’s Day and my grandmother (mentioned in the video) I took advantage of the early morning improved satellite connection and watched my video from start to finish.
Now, I realize we are all critical of our own actions, especially when being taped for the public. My worst nightmare had come true: I was presenting well at first but once the taping had to be repeated I sounded like an ill prepared beginner, fumbling for words and repeating myself constantly. Too late to hide – time to jump into action and make improvements on my end!!!
With this in mind I decided to pull together the instructions for the featured book cover in print and image, just in case. No sooner was I done with the PDF document I received an email asking for clarification with a few steps due to the poor video quality (the kind person!). Here is the link for these instructions.
I hope you enjoy them, use them and send me pictures of what you come up with! And last but not least: Thank you for your continued support!