Are You Terrified Of Doing Videos?

Are you terrified of doing videos?

I know I was…and that may surprise you.

Since you’ve seen that I’ve done lots and lots of videos, you’re probably thinking that I absolutely love being on camera.

Well, the truth is that I really don’t like being on camera, but still I shoot videos.

So there has to be a reason for it, right? Why in the world if I don’t like doing videos am I doing them on a consistent basis?

The reason is that video can build such a deep connection with your audience that I had to get over my fears and insecurities of being on video.

In fact, if you click this link (, you’re going to be taken to my very first video that I did for a video challenge that I was participating in.

Speaking of which, a video challenge is an awesome way to get over your fear of video.

In my very first video challenge, I did 3 videos a week for 4 weeks.

That really helped me to get over myself.

Do I still hate the sound of my voice on video? Yep, I sure do!

When my husband, Rich, wants to give me a lot of grief, he’ll pull one of my videos up and play it really loud in the house.

If you have these insecurities, you’re in good company. But I will tell you that I have met more people and gotten more clients from this video I absolutely hated than I ever thought possible.

The video was of me standing in a river outside of Boise. So many people told me that they love that video and I absolutely hated it! I was totally uncomfortable and insecure and that video ended up getting well over 100,000 views and we got tons of clients as a result of it.

So, I would love to challenge you to shoot a video. It is super easy now. You can pull out your smartphone, shoot a video and upload it. On some phones you can even edit videos now!

If you will do a video in the next 2 weeks, I will enter you into a drawing to win a one-hour coaching session with me (that’s a $500 value!).

If you want to enter the video challenge, send an email to me at natasha at natashahazlett dot com.

Anyone that has done their very first video within the next 2 weeks will be entered in the drawing!

I look forward to getting your videos!

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The Dirty S-Word

Let’s talk about the dirty S-Word.


If there is something that makes most of my clients want to run for the hills…it is talking about how to close sales (aka asking for the sale).

You probably feel this way too! You probably have an amazing product or service that you are selling. Something that will help tons of people and change lives.

And yet, you totally hate selling.

I get it.

It probably comes from an experience you had at one point or another with someone that was a super-pushy sales person.

For me, that experience definitely had to be any time I was going to buy a car. It drove me nuts! Just writing this right now and picturing going on a car sales lot makes feel awful! I always feel like they are trying to use all of these tactics on me and trying to close the sale. It irritates me because I feel like they are trying to manipulate me and that I have a super-short window of time to buy or else the car of my dreams is going to be gone.

You know what I mean.

I think that is exactly why so many people hate sales…because they’ve had this negative experience.

But here’s the thing… (This is how I re-framed my mind when it came to selling)

I knew that I had invested tremendously in my education in marketing and entrepreneurship. I have years and years of experience in getting results for my clients.

So, of course, I deserve to be paid for the value that I bring to the marketplace. I had to get comfortable with that. And you need to get comfortable with that.

Think about all of the investments you have made.
Think about the results that you have achieved using the product or service that you want to sell.

I want you to realize that you absolutely have an obligation to share with them the amazing thing that you have to offer them because it can change their life!

It might change their life because they’ll be able to lose weight, cook amazing meals for their family, make them look amazing, etc.

In some way, you’re going to help another person and so you have an obligation to share with them what it is that you have for sale.

But you also have an opportunity to decide whether you want to be that pushy sales person or not. If you hate the pushy car salesman, don’t be pushy like them!

Understand that there is a big difference between offering something and pushing them on it and forcing someone to buy something they don’t want.

You don’t have to be pushy. But you do have an obligation to let someone know that you have something available for purchase.

For example, a lot of people get really uncomfortable at the concept that someone would sell after a webinar or web class.

I do a lot of selling after web classes.

The reason that I’ve gotten really comfortable with doing that is because after giving amazing content, I know that there are certain people in the audience (not everyone) that loved it and now they would like to learn more and want to work with me closer.

If I didn’t sell something, they wouldn’t have the opportunity to work closely with me…which is what a lot of people want to do.

So I had to get comfortable with asking for the sale.

It may be that you are going to a speaking engagement and you’re giving an amazing speech, but then you don’t want to sell anything at the end of your speech. That’s unfortunate because after you’ve captivated that audience, they may want something more from you.

It is your obligation (as long as you can deliver on your promises and you are selling high-quality stuff) to give people the opportunity to work closer with you or to buy your product or service.

I hope that this has given you something to think about, that you’re going to actively re-frame your mind when it comes to sales and get comfortable asking for the sale because giving someone the opportunity to buy could dramatically change someone’s life by giving them the missing piece that they need to move forward.

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The Fastest Way To Get People To Like You

Do you want to know the fastest way to get people to know, like and trust you?

Obviously, you know that people buy from those that they know, like and trust.

So, if you want to improve your sales, you’ve got to get more people to know, like and trust you.

The best way to do this is to share your story.

A lot of people will have an “About Me” page on their website, but it’s kinda stale.
It might only be a couple of paragraphs and is super formal.

What you want to consider doing is developing your story.

What do I mean?

You don’t want to have just your professional background. Talk about your hobbies, what you love to do, and what your family life is like.

People really want to get to know someone and just having the polished, professional story is not going to cut it in today’s authentic, transparent atmosphere.

One of the benefits of having points in your story about your hobbies, what you love to do, where you live, your pets, and your family life is that it builds affinity.

Affinity is a way for people to bond and connect with you.

For example…
If I posted on my blog that I love to snow and water ski, the people that love to ski are going to bond with me. If I mention that I’m from Memphis, Tennessee, people from the South will feel bonded.

People like to have commonalities with people they do business with.

Make sure your story includes lots of those touch points that can help people feel connected to you.

Another thing you want to consider doing is not just having a written story. Include pictures…and not just professional head-shots! Consider putting pictures of your pets, of your family, of you doing your hobbies, etc.

Also consider making a video because there is no better way to get to know someone online than through video.


Through video people can see your mannerisms. For me, in my videos, you can see that I like to talk with my hands, and hear my Southern accent. It’s a way to make the internet a little more friendly, a little less scary and a little more real…because that is what people are looking for.

Consider having a story that is multi-dimensional so that they can read it, see it in pictures, and watch it through video.

When you do this, you’re going to boost your KLT (Know, Like and Trust) factor.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and feel free to share this post with someone you care about!

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Let’s talk today about jerks.

Yep, jerks.

Today I watched the most disturbing video.

It was my client sharing a story that just happened to her.

Some jerk commented on her video disparaging her appearance, her voice and other stuff. It really upset my client…and justifiably so.

As I was sitting there listening to her recounting this story (and kudos to her for being authentic and sharing stuff that’s really going on in her life) my blood was boiling.

All I could think was, “Who does that?!?”

I’m probably preaching to the choir and none of y’all would ever disparage someone on their video (especially on their appearance…I mean, for real???) but it also got me thinking about a habit that I see a lot of people have.

Obviously this guy was completely off-base and unacceptable.

There’s something else that people have a tendency to do and that is to complain just for the sake of complaining.

I’ve come across this not only as a business coach, not only as an attorney, but also as a member of the board of directors of the Junior League of Boise.

Being in a leadership position–you end up hearing a lot of griping. (ie “I don’t like this.” “You need to change this and that.”)

And one thing I want you to take away from this video is that if your tendency is to complain that you instead make your complaint known by bringing a solution to the table.

Doing this may require you to think.

But you know what? If you want to problem-solve you should be the one that is coming up with potential solutions to at least to get the process moving.

The take away…

If you have a complaint or concern about something, make sure that you are also putting on your problem-solver hat and trying to work to fix the problem.

This will benefit your personal brand…no matter if it is at work, with a charity, your kids’ school, or your business. Having that as a trait will definitely boost your personal brand stock!

Cheering you on to massive success,

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Where To Buy Domains vs. Where To Host Them

Should you use the hosting provided by the service from which you bought your domain name?

I’m gonna get techy today.

There was a question in my community a couple of weeks ago about whether or not you should be purchasing hosting from the same place where you purchase your website/domain name.

Lots of people buy their domain name from GoDaddy.

I’ve bought who knows how many domain names from GoDaddy. But, I always separate where I host the domain.

I don’t want the company that hosts my website to be the same as the one where I purchased it.


I read in a book from one of my friends, Mike Young, who is an internet law expert that you should always separate those two services.

The main reason is that if, for some reason, your domain/hosting company decides that they don’t like what’s on your website, they can shut down your website!

You want to make sure that you are diversifying!

If you buy your domain name from GoDaddy, you want to choose a different hosting company.

For us, the hosting company that we’ve been using for years and love is HostGator.

There are lots of others that are out there, but we’ve been really happy with HostGator.

Bottom line?

Make sure you are diversifying when it comes to buying domain names and hosting websites.

Cheering you on to massive success,

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