My First Marketing Interview

my first video interview

Okay this is not my first marketing review per se… I have done interviews in the past, well only once to be more accurate.

I still remember how much I would freak out by the mere concept of having to record a video and on the same week I started doing my first videos I decided to go even further by asking my friend Patrick Griffin if he would like to help me out with an interview and he said yes!

You can check out that video interview on this post how to record your first video online (thanks Pat!).

My videos may still not be awesome but I’m not nervous at all anymore and the best part is that I come across exactly how I am in real life, no need to fake anything.

Do You Mind An Interview?

“Not nervous” was a true feeling until a few weeks ago my dear friend Daniel Sumner asked me if I would like an interview with him for his upcoming Blogger’s Roadmap training.

I was really excited about it since it’s the first time somebody actually asks ME for an interview so naturally I said “YES!”.

And then it hit me…

“Oh boy, what the heck did I just did?”

And then I started thinking a bit more…

“What if I screw up?”

Mixed feelings and crazy thoughts were blazing in my head every single day until Dan sent me an e-mail telling me we would have to re-schedule our appointment to get the interview done.

The first thing I thought about it was “I’m SAVED!”.

So to speed things up a little bit, Dan sent me another e-mail about two days ago asking if I would be ready for Tuesday (today) or next Thursday.

Now bear with me here, right now I’ve been reading Tim Ferriss book (Four-Hour Work Week) and it talks a lot about getting uncomfortable to make progress.

I didn’t “need” to read it because I have actually experienced this by myself right on this blog a number of times.

The book was just the amplificator so I hit the Reply button and this is exactly what I replied to Dan:

Hey Dan,

I’m definitely ready for the interview man.

I’m thinking the sooner the better so you don’t have to do last-minute stuff so let’s do it tomorrow (Tuesday) unless you have something else in mind.

So as you can see, instead of hiding behind my fears, I decided to put myself right in front of the “danger” so I could overcome the fear.

My First Interview Video

I made this quick video for you in which you can see a bit of what happened on our interview.

[youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2ETGqaCKIo’]

 

“Embrace being uncomfortable so that you can make real progress online.” Click to Tweet

The cool thing about that little blooper we had (apparently Audacity shut off right in the middle of the recording) is that it made me feel a lot more confident because of the first trial run we had so there you have it!

Conclusion

You see… I didn’t die doing the interview with Dan.

It definitely helped me get even more confidence in what I’m doing online and now I know the benefits from this when Dan’s training launches, are going to be huge.

None of this would have been possible if I didn’t face off my fears from the beginning and that’s why you should embrace being uncomfortable at all times to make real progress.

Hope you got something good out of this and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog in the upper right corner.

You may be missing out on something VERY cool that it’s cooking behind the Marketing With Sergio blog.

Take care and talk to you soon on the next update!

Sergio “The Interview Defeater” Félix

PS. Special thanks go out to Kim Roach from BuzzBlogger.com for teaching me how to do Click To Tweet buttons.

About The Author

Sergio Felix

Hi, I’m Sergio Felix, founder of Marketing With Sergio. I work full time as a digital marketing expert for the retail industry managing a team of experts in departments of SEO, SEM, front-end web development and conversion rate optimisation and in my spare time I love conducting offline digital marketing workshops and teaching other entrepreneurs how to build and maintain business oriented websites with WordPress. I’m highly passionate about blogging, writing, music, jogging, entrepreneurship and personal development.

40 Comments

  • Dan Sumner

    Reply Reply September 25, 2012

    lol was that the out take :-)

    The interview was great Sergio I really enjoyed talking about blogging and all the topics we covered in the interview. It’s all uploaded and ready to listen to right now.

    Well done for getting out of your comfort zone Sergio.

    Dan

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 25, 2012

      LOL yeah man, I wasn’t even aware I was recording the call because I just clicked once on Pamela to open it up and then forgot about it.

      Then when we were done with the interview I saw it was already recording the whole thing and I took that funny part to share it here.

      I really enjoyed the interview as well man and I think we should definitely do more!

      Thanks again for the opportunity and I’ll be looking forward for BR’s launch on October 1st.

      Speak soon Dan! ;-)

  • Jorge

    Reply Reply September 25, 2012

    Thank you for the video Sergio, it really inspired me to do some videos, I’m Cuban and my heavy accent always hold me back, but seen you making success steps really helps, thanks for real man!

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 25, 2012

      Hey Jorge, it took me about a year to decide to MAN UP and start doing videos because I thought everyone was going to crucify me for my Mexican accent.

      Glad this video empowered you my man, just go for it and let me know how it goes! ;-)

  • Kevin Long

    Reply Reply September 25, 2012

    Hey Sergio

    Great blog post man, i’ve just started the 4 hour work week and am looking forward to going outside my comfort zone( or is that a bit weird.lol), great job on the video, Dan Sumner is a top man, look forward to hearing it.
    Talk soon

    Kevin

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 25, 2012

      Hey Kevin, it’s an amazing book my man.

      There are a few things I don’t agree with Tim (Ferriss) but overall, that book has already improved my life in many ways. It’s really a must-read.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and your feedback, I agree on what you said about Dan, I’m still really humbled that he asked me to do this interview.

      Take care and speak soon Kevin! ;-)

  • gordon

    Reply Reply September 25, 2012

    Good job Sergio. You`re a natural in front of a camera. I like your background music. Cheers

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 25, 2012

      Hey glad you liked it Gordon and thanks for the kind comment, cheers!

  • David Caudill

    Reply Reply September 25, 2012

    Hello Sergio,
    “Congrats my friend.” Truly glad to see it and I can’t wait to hear the whole interview. ;-)

    I just done my first ever interview and it was with Lonnie Robinson, it was great!

    So yep, I can relate to how you felt before and after. But it was great fun I know.

    To your continued success,

    David Caudill

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 25, 2012

      Hey David, really cool to see you around here and yeah man, it was a total adrenaline burst for me! haha

      Glad I could manage to make it all the way to the end and well, Daniel helped me a lot, he’s quite a professional when it comes down to do these things.

      Thanks for stopping by David and congratulations on your interview with Lonnie Robinson, that must’ve been quite a ride as well!

  • zora

    Reply Reply September 25, 2012

    Hi Sergio,
    Wow way to go .Congrats keep up the good work .Thanks for sharing.

    Regards
    Zora

  • Kimmi

    Reply Reply September 25, 2012

    Congrats Sergio! I never would had thought that was your first video! You seemed so natural in front of the camera. I’m sure you will inspire many people to overcome their fear of video with this post. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 25, 2012

      Thank you for the awesome comment Kimmi!

      This wasn’t my first video though, this was the first time I am interviewed by someone else.

      You can check out my first video here: Going to a Real Madrid game

      THAT was very difficult to do at the time! LOL

      Thanks for stopping by and speak soon Kimmi! ;-)

  • Andrew Stark

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Hi Sergio,

    Well done, will this be a bonus for the buyers of Dan’s course?

    Never bought the 4 hour week as I read a review and I jumped to a judgement that it was all about learning how to outsource and get others to do the work cheaper for you. Personally I don’t like that, it seemed to be a way of making the rich even better off whilst keeping the workers poor.

    Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve jumped to a wrong conclusion from a book title, but if I ever have to travel with business ever again I may buy it to read whilst travelling and make myself look trendy.

    Andrew Stark

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 26, 2012

      Hey Andrew, personally speaking… there’s a LOT of things I disagree with Tim Ferriss on that book but the overall contents are way too valuable to just discard them like that.

      It has a lot of hidden gems and I will definitely recommend it to anyone BUT as a fun read and not as a “bible” to follow to the T.

      I had that same exact thought you are describing about that book and I guess curiosity killed the cat in the end since I just HAD to know what the heck it was actually about.

      I can’t really speak in Dan’s name but from what I know so far, there are going to be two levels inside the training and I believe this interview (and a few others) are going to be available just for the premium members.

      Thanks for stopping by Andrew and I may actually write a dedicated blog post on the things that I believe are highly valuable inside that book but since they have been too many (I was jotting down just the raw ideas for blog posts on my whiteboard and I filled it completely) I can just recommend it and say “don’t follow it to the T, have some common sense.”

  • Sorina Dascalu

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Hi there, Sergio “The Interview Defeater” Félix ;)
    Loved your video, the music fits perfectly with your accent! Excellent idea, instead of worrying about your accent, put it upfront, that’s the real you! I’m sure soon you will be known in the IM circles as “that cool guy with Spanish (Mexican) accent”.

    And congrats for all your achievements, I saw you worked a lot lately. I was so pleased to see that happy face in your video, it’s the real proof you’re on the right path!

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 26, 2012

      Hey Sorina, well if I can’t get rid of my accent I’ll use it as strong branding then, right? haha ;-)

      I’m happy because I’m almost done creating my first product and everything past this point has been new for me so I guess that’s why the big smiles.

      Thank you for your continued support Sorina and even though I don’t have a laser specific target where I’m going to end at, I’m pretty sure the hard work will reward me sooner or later even if I just end up as that cool guy with the Mexican accent.

      Take care and speak soon! ;-)

  • Mandy Allen @ Learn To Blog

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Hey, Sergio, well done! It’s great to explore new things and move ourselves forward in our learning. Now the next time you will have this experience under your belt and will feel more knowledgable and relaxed.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 26, 2012

      Hey Mandy, I completely agree with you.

      I recorded the video just after we finished the interview and I was so excited I wanted to do another one straight away!

      I’m guessing the next interview will come out a lot better but only time will tell.

      Thank you for stopping by and supporting me on this Mandy, take care and all the best to you too! ;-)

  • Lonnie Robinson

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Hey Sergio. Congratulations brother!
    It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we step out of our comfort zone. This was an awesome presentation and also a representation of brighter days ahead. Great job!

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 26, 2012

      Hey Loonie my man, really honored and thrilled to have you here!!

      I couldn’t even stare at a turned off video camera just a year ago and I just did my first interview so it’s great, I really couldn’t be any more happier right now as I feel a huge weight has been taken off my back.

      Thank you for the great feedback and the best wishes, you literally made my day Loonie! ;-)

      PS. Thank you for the great TV series recommendations yesterday, I look forward to checking them out.

  • The Great Gordino

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Well done Sergio!
    A great example of taking action!
    You don’t *always* have to get out of your comfort zone to make progress, but it certainly does often require doing new things.

    I think you hit the nail on the head when it comes to being natural – people can always relate to that!
    Cheers, Gordon

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 26, 2012

      Hey Gordino, since I got started online, every single thing has been a challenge for me and some things were more scary than others, that’s why I say you have to embrace being uncomfortable.

      If I ever manage to become “someone” in the Internet Marketing world, I know I’m still going to keep finding scary things to do and I’m willing to always be out of my comfort zone just because I know that’s going to allow me to be the best version of Sergio that I can be.

      Thanks for the feedback and yeah man, being natural is what it’s all about, who follows someone who is faking stuff up right? ;-)

      Take care and speak soon!

  • Jeevan Jacob John

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    I guess the interview went fine ;)

    I can relate back a bit (Well, only a bit because mine my an audio interview instead of video). Man, I was just so nervous (but, it went well other than the fact that we had to record the interview 2 times due to technical problems of my laptop :D).

    Anyways, congrats Sergio ;) You took action, you went ahead and faced your nervousness (that’s something very inspiring and to learn from :D)

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 26, 2012

      Hey Jeevan, I think the interview went just fine man.

      The interview with Dan Sumner was audio-based as well, the first interview I did (with Patrick Griffin) was using both streams, audio & video… did you watch the video?

      Facing my fears is something that bothers me a lot but it’s the only way to move forward so I just do it now, if it has to happen sooner or later, better to do it NOW already.

      Thanks for stopping by Jeevan, hope you have a great day! ;-)

  • Tim Bonner

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Hey Sergio

    Loving the video my man!

    Embrace being uncomfortable. Hmmm, I need to give that one a go. There’s so many things that are scarey though! Guest posts and video posts being two of my worst fears.

    You know what though Sergio, I just sent an email to someone who asked me to do a guest post and I’d been putting it off. See what you’ve gone and done now mate! ;-)

    I hope you are keeping well.
    Tim

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 26, 2012

      Hey Tim, that’s an odd one… I have never been scared of guest posting, I just don’t do it since I want to keep my pillar content in my own blog and not flying around on the internet space but scary, don’t think so!

      Now VIDEO POSTS… those were scary for a really long time for me haha but I overcame that fear, wrote about it, showcased everyone right here on the blog and well, people are even saying I’m a natural when I actually WASN’T!

      Glad you got so much out of this article and if you publish that guest post, let me know where it is at so I can include your action taking story somewhere on this post or on a next update Tim, all right?

      Take care and rock on man! ;-)

  • Elisa

    Reply Reply September 26, 2012

    Hi Sergio,
    That was great and I’m glad you posted about it because I think that’s something we all shake in our shoes about. The dreaded first interview ooohh, lol!

    It’s good to see you going for it,

    Elisa Navarette

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 26, 2012

      Elisa, you couldn’t be any more right when you say “we” because I have always been terrified of doing interviews lol

      The cool thing like everything in life, after the first one, the rest start getting easier.

      Thanks for stopping by and checking this article out! ;-)

  • Dave E Wilkes

    Reply Reply September 27, 2012

    Great post and video Sergio.
    I always come away from your posts feeling really inspired to get out there and just get it done!
    You are an inspiration – I love the background music too..

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 27, 2012

      Well that’s just amazing feedback Dave, thank you very much for it and I’m more than glad this actually helped you feel inspired to get some awesome work done!

      Take care and have a great and productive day my friend! ;-)

      PS. This comment of yours kickstarted my productive inner self today, thanks again for that Dave.

  • Adrienne

    Reply Reply September 27, 2012

    Congratulations Sergio for doing that interview with Dan. I’m sure he was very gentle with you.

    You’re right though… I remember when I did my first one I was a nervous wreck. I kept asking everyone if I sounded okay because I could feel my heart about to pop out of my chest. They couldn’t even tell I was nervous.

    The one thing we have to remember when stepping outside our comfort zones is that we’re not going to die. We have to do things we aren’t use to doing if we want to have more. You’re going to be a pro soon at this Sergio and I look forward to hearing that interview. Oh, and I’m excited about Dan’s product too.

    ~Adrienne

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply September 27, 2012

      Hey Adrienne, yeah Daniel was definitely very supportive on the interview.

      I’m not sure how the interview is going to be perceived but I did relax in the first minutes and all the way to the end, when I felt I started getting the vibe of just a normal conversation and not a “formal interview”.

      I always think I’m going to die whenever I confront my fears haha but I always exaggerate things although I also felt my heart pounding on my chest… oops.

      Anyway, thanks a lot for the great feedback and not sure if I’ll turn pro with this but I’m definitely more relaxed when I do videos and hopefully the same will happen with the next interviews.

      Hope you have a great day and it’s a blessing to have you inside Blogger’s Roadmap as well Adrienne, talk soon! ;-)

  • Barry Wells

    Reply Reply October 1, 2012

    Hi Sergio,

    Congratulations on completing the interview. I’ve seen it on the inside of Bloggers Roadmap but am yet to listen to it (I’m still limited on my time online) but I will listen to it and pick up all the tips you’ve shared :)

    You’re right about facing fears and things that make us uncomfortable, without doing so we’ll never progress as we’d like to.

    I remember my first ever interview, boy I was pooping it. I didn’t get any questions sent to me prior to it and it was just a free flowing questions and answer session, it went well but I was on the spot and probably made a few mistakes. Shortly after that though I was asked by quite a few people, so I think it must have gone well ha ha.

    Now that Bloggers Roadmap has started I’ll see you on the inside mate.

    Take care,
    Barry

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 1, 2012

      Hey Barry, nice to see you around here man and wow haha I thought that it was just me with the fears to do interviews.

      I strongly agree that whatever feels uncomfortable (in a good way, I don’t mean doing blackhat things) is going to make you a better Internet Marketer and/or Blogger as I have experienced that a few times myself.

      I hope you can recover your health back very soon man and I wish you the best for your wife as well, I wasn’t aware you were having a health issue, going to try to catch up with you man.

      Thanks for stopping by and you did a wonderful review on Dan’s product.

      Take care Barry and see you inside the FB private group! ;-)

  • Mark Gray

    Reply Reply October 4, 2012

    Hi Sergio,

    Great video – very funny and even though you look quite uncomfortable, well actually, you look like you are about to burst out laughing every second lol – made me smile :)

    I understand how difficult it is to make videos like this, congrats on the first interview, its a big deal, you should be proud.

    I have been making video courses for years, recording the screens that is and the other day i made my own first live video, you can enjoy it and the out takes (which i am currently putting on my blog now) on my blog.

    Anyway keep up the good work,

    Mark

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 4, 2012

      Hey Mark, really cool to see you around here my man and yeah, it honestly took me a while to be that comfortable on camera but the important thing is that I’m there already. ;-)

      Thanks for the great feedback on the interview, I still don’t know if people are going to enjoy it or not but I tried my best.

      I’ve seen at least the introduction video you made on the sea, that’s the first one I ever see like that, it was really cool and with the super hot weather in Mexico right now I was eager to jump in as well haha

      Let’s keep in touch and great job with your blog Mark, you’re taking gigantic leaps now. ;-)

  • Patrick Griffin

    Reply Reply October 10, 2012

    Hi Sergio,
    The Twitter box was the first thing I noticed on this blog post…so I will look into using this too, although I will have to find a plugin which makes a colorful background box.

    Sorry I came to this post so late…but better late than never as they say!

    P.

    • Sergio Félix

      Reply Reply October 10, 2012

      Hey Patrick, yeah man I’m still proud of that little click to tweet box up there haha

      I edited the main css file and gave it a class on HTML to do the box, I believe you can actually do this a lot easier on Thesis.

      Everything you need to know on creating colored boxes on Thesis is here.

      Hope that helps and don’t worry Pat, I know you’re as busy as hell as well, thanks for stopping by though, it’s really appreciated! ;-)

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