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Broadway Entrepreneur Uses Business Live Steaming to Help Others

  Use business live streaming to share successes and failures and become part of a growing trend. Audiences want to see live streams where businesses reveal major mistakes and solutions. As humorist Sam Levenson said, “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” As always, don’t be trendy for the sake of being trendy. Common business wisdom is to tie every decision to a larger goal — or a call-to-action no matter how small. Small Business Trends spoke with a Broadway producer who knows there should be a point to every livestream. Business Live Streaming Shares Successes and Failures Though he’s won multiple Tony Awards, Ken Davenport says structured learning wasn’t exactly available when he was new to the world of  Broadway, at least not in the modern ways he’s packaged it. Today he can provide experienced guidance to his network through exclusive masterminds and even conferences. * * * * * Davenport is an award-winning producer of “Godspell” and “Kinky Boots” fame, most recently heard accepting the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for “Once On This Island.” An early adopter of tech tools, he was the first person to crowdfund a Broadway production almost a decade ago. Davenport has supported the Broadway ecosystem through a number of his own subsidiary businesses and is also the Executive Producer for North America of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. Davenport was named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty,” and is one of the co-founders of TEDxBroadway. Upcoming projects include his original musical “Gettin’ The Band Back Together.” His unique approaches have led to media coverage in the NY Times, MSNBC, Rock Center, Fox News, BBC, and a mention in Jay Leno’s monologue on “The Tonight Show.” Video Length Depends On The Goal Small Business Trends: Hi Ken, I’m shocked that you have time to do a daily Facebook Live for your audience. Have you been able to stick with it daily? What are the longer town hall videos for? Ken Davenport: My “every day” Facebook Live isn’t…

How a 90-Day Live Video Challenge Can Make Small Business Owners Better Public Speakers

Giving in-person presentations to clients differs from public speaking, though there are strong similarities. Same goes for broadcasting a live video. We learn by doing. A Gallup poll three decades ago revealed 45 percent of people were afraid of public speaking. Almost 23 years after that poll, another in 2011 (also by Gallup on the same topic) revealed a similar stat! If you’re a small business owner  who suffers fro similar fears, Virginia Phillips may have the answer. Small Business Trends connected with Virginia Phillips about the “90 day video challenge” she just completed on Facebook Live, why she did it and what the positives are. Virginia Phillips was raised in a large family in a small city outside of Milwaukee. Excelling as a professional in HR for many years in the US and in Europe, a car accident in 2012 transformed her life. She is now an award-winning coach who inspires and guides individuals in narrowing their confidence gap, generating their business plans and creating opportunities with easy-to-apply techniques such as communicating using Facebook Live and leveraging organizations like Toastmasters. She recently launched her entrepreneurial podcast Yes, You Can! using the same name as her bestselling self-leadership book. * * * * * Small Business Trends: What might others get out of committing to 90 days of video? When did you know this was a good choice for you? Virginia Phillips: If there is anybody out there that is a bit fearful behind the camera, or thinks they have to live up to societal expectations, or is looking for a not-so-obvious way to do some personal growth, I recommend they do a 90-day video challenge. For me it was about overcoming fear, staying committed and finding a new me. I wrote a book named Yes, You Can about believing in yourself and knowing you have something to offer the world that no one else can offer. I encourage people to find their happiness and hang on to it and that only happens when they honor themselves, and that includes the messy and the complicated. I accepted the 90-day video…

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