F.A.Q.

  1. How do you pick books to talk about?

I usually pick books that are useful for clarifying something, opening up a new point of view, or in helping me work out how I want to contribute to the worldand where my focus should lie in the future. I also find books from my resea when I am developing courses.

Next year, I will be teaching two courses – Consuming Media and Train Your Intuition, of which I will be sharing more information on very soon.

2. Do you talk to your kids or partner about the books too?

Yes, all the time. I’ve probably had a conversation about every book I’ve mentioned on here with the kids, mostly because they hear me reading my notes outloud into the dictaphone (I’ll chat more about my note-taking method in the future).

They particularly enjoyed reader come home.  I particularly remember Arthur’s response to the idea that some kids didn’t have books in their household, which was how do they get entertainment then? Our kid’s kind of default to books, which is lovely.

3. What is the most difficult thing about talking to a camera?

Everybody who’s known me for a long time, knows that I hate cameras or used to hate cameras. Essentially what I don’t like about it is the act of faking emotion – I don’t smile for photos or ask my kids to do so as well.

I realise this may make it more difficult to grow quickly on Youtube, but I much rather be myself and get comfortable speaking to a camera in my own time.

4. What is one thing you still have to learn from talking to the camera?

Everything. When it comes to learning a new skill, I usually practice until I am comfortable, or even having fun. I just see it as a form of play.

The way I’ve been recording these videos is read through aloud through my notes into a dictaphone and have them show up on my screen. From there I write down a few notes and then use that when speaking to the camera.

For now, that’s a little more plain, while still working on the skill. And certainly when I get towards doing paid content, I’ll treat that the same way I’ve treated the paid teaching before, which is slightly more professionally than what you’ve seen on YouTube.

5. What is one piece of advice you would give someone based on what you have learned so far?

So I haven’t been doing this for long. So my advice would actually be: listen to somebody who actually knows how to speak into a camera, there are plenty of professionals out there who can train you or coach you along the way.

6. Do you get seasick filming?

No. I very rarely get seasick at all there have been a few experiences when we’ve been sailing and it’s been particularly rocky that I get seasick. But in an anchorage, never.

7. What are the main challenges when it comes to filming on a boat?

The main problem isn’t the fact it’s a boat, it is mainly keeping my kids occupied so that their play does not come up on the audio. For now, my partner takes them ashore or for a swim. But, perhaps in the future, for longer pieces, I might go ashore instead.

Want to know more?

This blog post is part of a series I am making called Reading For The Aspirational Self. Don’t think of this as book summaries – I’m not doing that. Instead, I’m drawing out specific lessons that I find particularly interesting. And which I think could act, together, to help people who share my aspirations. If you, too, want to be present, family-centric, intrinsically motivated and polymathic, I can help.

  • The most distilled version of what I’m offering is a free mailing list designed for learning, “Think On Thursday” – each e-mail will include a lesson designed around the content. Click here for some information on that.
  • The series is also on YouTube in the form of 7-12 minute videos. Here’s the channel link – the video and transcript are below.
  • I’m tweeting excerpts from the videos, as well as some of the story of this project, how we’re doing it, and where it is going, on Twitter. @DaveCBeck

Starboard reflections,

Dave.