Rode-lav microphone for outdoor use

Which microphone to use for filming YouTube videos outdoor? As large part of my life is outdoor, it has been one of my first questions … it even came before thinking about how to upload from phone to YouTube.

There are so many professional microphones and equipment that one can use, but for me personally, I needed a handy tool that I can take along in my pockets and plug into the phone as the opportunity for filming is there. Also as an analphabetic in this field, I only wanted to buy a mic on basis of the direct experience of others.

That´s why I asked around in the SFM-online community. The suggestions from experienced online entrepreneurs that record YouTube ads outdoor, came to use the Rode-smartlav microphone/RØDE smartlav microphone. This small mic is economical and also serving well for outdoor recording, especially with a CAT (windshield) for windy days.

Can you imagine, just starting for the first time online activities and considering YouTube flogging and then buy a microphone of over 50 euros? And that while realizing that the fragile electronic equipment in my hands or bags brakes in no time… It was a bit difficult to just buy that for my explorations.

Anyways, I explored a bit and first hit the microphones of Rode that were for iPhone use…and I had a Samsung. Digital-analphabetic me got a bit blocked there and didn´t want to risk buying something that my phone wouldn’t recognize. I waited some months in looking further (don´t worry: got to the solution also for the Samsung).

As I tried to make any sensible recording outside the first challenge was to get the camera focused on the subject, next was to get the right message to the film, but soon I had to recognize that with only a slight bit of wind the direct recording with the phone gave a lot of annoying noises. So I wanted to get the simple microphone to plug into my phone.

A few months later nature photographer and filmer Max Kessberger came along during a survey for the last surviving moorfrogs in Baden Württemberg. As he obviously has experience with outdoor filming under a wide variety of conditions, I asked his opinion. He suggested also that the Rode-lav would be perfect for me to use for basic outdoor recording. Himself he uses a much higher quality microphone (about 15 times the price of the Rode lav), but no need for that for starting with vlogging-like videos.

I then got to the cable version of Rode-lav, because I can plug it into my SAMSUNG galaxy phone. The wireless version is more expensive but has the benefit that you can use it at a larger distance without the cable hanging around. Anyways, the RODE-lav is a really handy small microphone that fits into nearly any pocket and came with a nice bag.

I have put a small plastic cub inside the bag to protect the fragile wires and iron support (see image above). Now, after about a year it traveled with me 10.000´s of kilometers, and even while I destroyed in that time two selfie-sticks the microphone serves perfectly fine.

I ordered online of course, but after a day or two got the message that the CAT (microphone windshield) was out of stock and it would take much longer. That´s why I started to use the microphone without the CAT. And….I am really enthusiastic about that.

The results are amazing (when I find the video I made ones in windy conditions, I will put it here), because even under windy conditions the recording is good without the blowing noises. Wind with moving twigs gives a lot of disturbance when you record on the phone without the external microphone, but even without the CAT the Rode-lav recordings are great.

Of course, I still want to get the CAT for more extreme conditions, but in one year haven´t really needed it.

A microphone without cable seems easier to handle. Max suggested that I could use the Sennheiser MZA 900P to amplify and get to the wire-less version like that.

Don´t let a crisis go to waste webinar

With COVID stress levels have increased and we all have to adapt to the situation.

Never before so many persons worked on a distance nor were there so many online services !

To some, it is merely a crisis, but as always there are those that figure out how to use the circumstances to their advantage.

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Online offline align

It is easy nowadays to start an online business because there are many easy and accessible tools. Nearly anybody who con work a bit with a computer and establish regularly an internet connection can do it.

Ones you are inspired and you really see that the online marketing is a key for you to live the life you want to, than the main difficulty you will be facing is to keep going forward on that journey.

In the period that I am on the journey I could see others like Matthew building from scratch his online business. Others have developed three or four times my income. Thing is not to be motivated and keep going, but to get back on track when the going gets tough.

And very often it is not because of the technical stuff … However being in this community with other spiritually mind liked persons it is a lot easier to reconnect and again see and feel the bright light and life.

The video below I made for those that appreciate the seminars from Abraham Hicks and Ester Hicks. They describe so well the importance of becoming the vibration that matches what you want to materialise in your physical experience, and to reconnect again and again.

Have fun with this video, it is one of my first real ads that is being prepared for a wider audience right now by google.

Damm it is so difficult not to stumble over all the words …

All is already there

In the Alchemist, Paolo Coelho reflects on following the signs and take your own decisions. The other day I had to wait for a boat passing through. A memorial sign caught my attention: to those sailors that did not return (1939-1945). In the long list of names, my own name and initials were filtered out fast by my subconscious awareness! I am leaving the island of Terschelling today with uncertainty if I ‘ll be coming back or that we ll have to abandon the huge project that kept me travelling there for over 2 years! As I have some spare travel ours today I glimpsed at the harbour with traditional sailing boats. “Maybe I can spend some hours on a boat, that s added value in comparison to the train station or airport”. And then the rebuilt traditional wooden sailing boat from Willem Barentsz lies in front of me. On the sign, they say it is preparing for the travels and access on own risk! There my opportunity. After a while, a captain looking person with a long grey beard appears out of nowhere. We talk about the upcoming first sails and the city Harlingen from 1234. The friendly sailor explains that with today’s news on lockdown, access is not allowed in the small places from today on. We conclude I took the right decision to jump on the boat, can enjoy the sun a bit and hang the chain in front of the access, as to avoid others to join and form a group.

The sign and information were there, and I interpreted and took the decision on my behalf. And that was fine, the sign said access on own risk, the sailor was not going to hit me and I enjoy my private boat in 16th-century style. What about the memorial reference on the Vries that didn’t return to the island? I decide not to worry because I am convinced that it was not me!

YouTube channel heading

Do you have already a YouTube channel ? One of the first things people see is your presentation. Mine was simple with my name unto my coach tipped to use

You can choose a template and than upload personal pictures with a simple click.

It took a bit of adjusting and playing, but I got to a layout that is visible on mobiles, laptops and tv-screens!

Check it out, and subscribe to my YouTube channel too. Mark the notification bell so you know when new videos are uploaded!

Do you remember to reset with daily meditation?

Every time when I sense to be a bit off line, it results that I skipped the daily meditation for a day or two. It is so refreshing and empowering to use the 20 minutes before getting running during the day.

For seven years now I practice ZEN meditation. It has become my habit and with my own version and interpretations. You can find out your meditation. In the video below I introduce you to the simple steps of Zen meditation. The video that follows is the practical one where you can put into practice the explanation from the first video.

I have placed both the intro and the putting into practice video in this post, so you can easy access to the one you are ready for.

Earlier I was desiring to work in a team where meditation and clearing of blockages was a primary element of the work, and you know what: now it is!

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3 tips to get you natural on video online

Watch the short video and put into practice to get yourself natural online.

Members can post and practice in the Facebook group. Click here and check out how to join us.

It is not from one day to another that I became more natural on video.

You maybe like me earlier: When I try to expose myself online a big tension comes up.

First, there were technical struggles to start, but then the emotional confrontations came.

For most persons, it is not easy to be themselves in real life. Hence it is not strange that when they want to expose and send out personal messages online, they find a large barrier to do so.

My suggestions:

  1. Be yourself, don´t offer something you do not have
  2. Practice 50-90 times uploading a video
  3. Release the blocked emotions you notice when recording, uploading or publishing

One way to get more natural online is by practising and doing. In this way, you will learn that all the worries you have are worries and by doing you can overcome many barriers. To me, it results easiest to use Matrix Reimprinting and EFT to clear barriers, also for going online. If you like to get online and are aware that something is holding you back, then click on the link to my website and book a session.

How to get natural on video?

I admit that it is not easy for me to expose myself to the internet. The biggest difficulty I have is my completely different faces and outfits.

If you know me personally then you already are familiar with that. But you may also be surprised to see me as a nicely dressed therapist one day and a rough nature explorer the other.

But you know what they have in common? ….
And the nice clothes regularly end up in the river or pond.

One of the more empowering moments of the last year has been that I recognise that it is me. And it is me with my thoughts, ideas, clothes and emotions and they vary. The most important is not what others think about that, but that I recognise that it is me. Where I feel a tension, there is something to clear.

It is a journey and I am very happy I have opened up to the digital part of this world.

And did you know that the majority of persons have a difficulty to expose themselves?

If you have something positive to contribute, and I believe we all have, then making use of the internet you can reach out to many more persons that resonate with you.

One of the big and common blockages to overtake is to expose yourself and trust that it is okay to be you.

Watch the video and clear your blockages on getting out there !

3 tips for a healthy basis in your business

Do you want to improve your business? Have you considered to take care of a healthy basis to work from? You may recognise that it is not the same to work with a cold or a flue than when you are rested, relaxed and healthy. There are a few things I learned and incorporated into my daily practise and that is easy and proven to be effective.

The daily practice of meditation is important for me, but you may prefer other activities like Yoga or sports to get to your centre. Working on emotions is difficult to start with for many persons. The 3 tips I have here, are to include nutritional additives to your diet.

One of the nicest things I experienced as a member of the community of Online Entrepreneurs is that they promote is a healthy basis to start working from. As my friends and nutritional specialists also recommended they stress the importance of sufficient water throughout the day.

One of the key ingredients to a healthy basis is in your nutrition too. I didn´t like the idea of thinking much about what to prepare and which products to get from the shop. But bit by bit I am improving my body.

Last week I joined a presentation of Dr Britt Cordi (cell biologist and producer of Organic Wheatgrass juice) where she gave 5 tips to get to a healthier basis.

They are easy to incorporate into daily life. The exercise is the one that is not that easy to me.

The best is that I have already incorporated three of her 5 tips into my daily life. These don´t require much more effort than to remember them every day:

  • 1,5 – 2 liters of water you may take for FREE
  • Organic Wheatgrass Juice (Fresh/Defrozen, Outdoor grown; I have a package delivered every two months to my home)
  • Omega 3 BALANCE oil (I also receive at home)

Today I uploaded a video on YouTube on How to take the Wheatgrass juice. You can see how simple you can incorporate this. I and my family notice a healthier basis with this.

Such small simple things can make a difference. Of course, for me in additions to meditation etc.

To come back to the Online community of entrepreneurs I mentioned, it is nice to see and here there that I am not the only one that sees the importance of optimising the functioning of body and mind to get the best out of your business too.

How to materialize what you want

Karl Dawson and Kate Marillat titled their book on Matrix Reimprinting: transform your beliefs transform your life. This counts also for your Online Business. The video below is a real-life example of how I used Matrix Reimprinting to attract a new place to live. The belief and realisation that everything I wished for was already had a relevant impact.

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