Video to go: Making sure your show will run.

Video can be a little tricky sometimes. Have you ever had a MP4 file that was fine on your computer at home or in the office and wouldn’t run when you were out doing a presentation on another computer? Put VLC on a memory stick and take it with you.

My Video Won’t Run!

Can't open video filesSomeone sent me high resolution video clips from an event to review and they wouldn’t open. I had always thought MP4 video files were universal, they would open on any operating system. I had recently done some work converting WMV to MP4 and had no issues. I couldn’t understand what was wrong. When I called the producer, they asked if I could open VLC video files. Apparently not.

Don’t make the assumption that your video files will run on another computer.


After a little internet research, I discovered the portable VLC media player. You can install this media player on a USB stick and run it on most operating systems without further installation.

movie projectorWhen you are creating video and sharing it with others, having the player included can ensure that you aren’t embarrassed when someone tries to run your video. Instruct them to open the VLC player from the stick and then use the program to open your media file.

This solution will work for sound media as well as video. I usually keep a USB stick in my pocket. I think I’ll keep a copy of the VLC player on that stick in case of emergency!

I hope you find this useful and please share this with anyone you know that is likely to be creating and sharing video or audio files!

Make it a great day,


P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for Google! I’m thankful for technology. I’m thankful God gave us the ability to think for ourselves.

What are you thankful for today?

Hamilton, Ontario. Pictures from the early 1900’s.

I found what appeared to be a promotional piece for Hamilton, Ontario Canada when I was cleaning out my great aunt’s old place back in the 1970’s.

I hope you enjoy this blast from the past!


Make it a great day,


P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful I was born in Hamilton to a wonderful family.  I’m thankful for the values I learned growing up there.  I’m thankful for these pictures!

What are you thankful for today?

Faith. What does that have to do with business?

Faith has everything to do with everything!

Faith and our first steps.

When we are children, we start out crawling.  We do this on our own and don’t need anything more from anywhere else.  Then we reach the stage when we are trying to take our first steps.  Most fall and lose a little confidence on the first try.

If we’re lucky our parents will set us up for another attempt.  They will provide encouraging words and the reality is that we likely don’t understand the words but we do understand the tone.  Based on that, we extend our faith that our parents won’t let us hurt ourselves and we try again.

By the way parents, don’t ever forget that your children are relying on you to help them with their faith in themselves.  I highly recommend reading “Secrets of The Millionaire Mind” by T. Harve Eker.  He really expands on the concept of the effect our parents and loved ones can have on our confidence and faith.

Faith is attractive!

Think about people who have approached you over the years.

There are so many things to consider in our life time.  How do you decide?  When someone approaches you about a product, can you tell if they have faith in their own product?  I’ll bet most do.

There is usually more than one provider of similar products.  Are you likely to choose the person who seems tentative or will you choose the person who’s faith in their offering seems to attract you like a magnet?  What is the driver behind this decision?  Faith!

Our “sixth sense” is often the most accurate.  We hear our rational mind then our sixth sense.  Then we take action based on faith because there is usually no proof!  We all know that what works for someone else won’t necessarily work for us.

Believe in yourself!

This is where faith has everything to do with your business.  Find a product or service you believe in.  Don’t try to push something that you can’t have faith in yourself.  Then, you need to have faith in yourself!  Chances are that you already know more than most people about your particular product or service before you even actually get started.  When you believe it, they will believe it and be drawn to you.

So, what does faith have to do with business?  People have an amazing ability to “smell” fear or hesitation.  Think back to your dating days.  Who was more attractive?  The person with confidence in themselves or the person who had no faith in themselves at all?  I’m going to bet it wasn’t the wall flower!  Until they mature and find their faith.  Now, all of a sudden, people are drawn to them.  Have faith!

In order for people to have faith in you, they need to know why.  Why do you do what you do?  Your faith in yourself and your product or service makes all the difference.

Make it a great day,


P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for my family.  I’m thankful for opportunity.  I’m thankful for my faith.

What are you thankful for today?