So this is the last Business Coach column in the last EventDV magazine. It's bittersweet. I'd venture to say the legacy that EventDV will leave for me is
that this magazine was one of my first "coaches." Having EventDV as a resource, as a place to go for knowledge and inspiration, put me on the right path
to the creation of a sustainable business and to a true love for the craft of wedding filmmaking. Having a trade magazine like this gave me a sense of belonging. It made me felt that I wasn't alone in the event video world, even though all the time I was spending alone in my editing "bat cave" told me otherwise.
The reason I called this column "Everyone Needs a Coach" instead of some version of goodbye is that I'd rather spend it talking about the future than saying goodbye to the past. I am so excited for the future because of the community that has been created through this column. I have loved the emails, the phone calls, and the conversations we've had on forums and through Facebook because of some of the topics I have covered. I also have loved hearing from you, the readers, for the feedback on the column and about the alternative ways you may handle business, sales, time management, and customer service. I have learned just as much! So thank you.
You Don't Have to Go Home but You Can't Stay Here
I love '90s music. And Semisonic's "Closing Time," with its classic barkeep's last call warning, is in my head right now. It's a great song. So in heeding the band's advice, let's continue this conversation. Let's continue fostering a community that supports each other and keep this industry moving forward, in a fun way. I want to continue learning from you all, and in turn, I'd like to see everyone involved in my future coaching endeavors. Here's how you can stay connected with me after this column ends.
Facebook and Twitter. I am on the private Facebook forums Wedding Cinema & Photography and Event Industry a lot. Find us and join in on the discussions! My Twitter handle is @lifestagefilms.
My coaching site (www.videobusinesscoaching.com). 2012 will see a slew of brand new downloadable resources for you all as well as a revamped blog experience. You can subscribe to that to get weekly updates and tips. And, of course, you can schedule one-on-one consulting/coaching to tackle specific things in your business that you need help with.
IN[FOCUS]. If you aren't signed up for the premier event video conference of the century, run. Sign up now at www.infocusvideoevent.com. I am honored to be speaking again in January on how to create an insane and excited fan base for your business. I'll also have five spots open for private one-on-one coaching as well as presenting a 20-seat "Making ShootQ a Well-Oiled Machine" workshop.
The knowledge, documents, and workflows I will be providing at IN[FOCUS] are the main systems that have helped me create a business, not just a job.
I hope to connect with you in one or more of these venues in the near future. In the meantime, thanks, friends, for not only engaging with me through this column but for inspiring me to constantly raise the bar and leave an impact on this industry in the best way I can.
Matt Davis (coaching [at] lifestagefilms.com) of Life Stage Films has been described as the "Head Coach of Wedding Videography," providing one-on-one business coaching as well as group coaching webinars. A featured speaker at WEVA 2009–10 and IN[FOCUS] 2010, as well as a multiple CEA winner and 2009 EventDV 25 all-star, he is based in Wilmington, N.C.