A month ago I traveled to New York on a top secret visit.\u00a0 OK ... so it wasn't really top secret ... just not publicly announced. At the time I did not reveal much, except a few cryptic tweets on Twitter. I mentioned I was being filmed in videos -- whiteboard videos. Our Community Promotions Director here, Joel Libava, actually figured out that the videos were\u00a0 for UPS\u00a0 (I think the word "whiteboard" gave it away).\u00a0 UPS sponsored me to create the videos, one each on 3 different topics.\u00a0 Now I can reveal it publicly, because the videos are being released. It was a great experience but I was tested to the limit.\u00a0 I had to overcome 5 tests.\u00a0 I thought you might enjoy the backstory behind the videos: Test #1:\u00a0 I had to write up my discussion points for each video. For someone who writes as much as I do, this should be the easy part.\u00a0 You'd think!\u00a0 :) \u00a0 The videos were supposed to be under 2 minutes. However, I have a hard time keeping things short.\u00a0 I tend to dig down deep, giving examples and details.\u00a0 On top of that, being wordy comes natural\u00a0 to most people.\u00a0 It is like that old\u00a0 saying of Mark Twain's:\u00a0 'If I'd had more time I would have written a shorter letter.'\u00a0 But many edits and many hours later -- taking up most of a Saturday -- I finished my remarks for each of my 3 topics.\u00a0 "Short enough," I thought.\u00a0 But as it turns out, I was wrong.\u00a0 More on that in a moment .... Test #2:\u00a0 "Talk faster," the producer said. If you have heard my podcasts, you know that I am a Midwesterner.\u00a0 Measured is my natural pace.\u00a0 But on video that can come across as agonizingly boring and dull. To keep the pace punchy, I had to speed things up. Test #3:\u00a0 I had to walk and chew gum, er, write on a whiteboard and speak, all at the same time. Now, at this point you might be wondering, "What is so difficult about THAT?"\u00a0 Nothing, actually -- if you don't care about long pauses in between writing and talking. Or you don't care about turning your back on the camera and obscuring your writing.\u00a0 Or you don't care about garbled sound because your head is away from the mic.\u00a0 Yada yada.\u00a0 Trust me, there are a dozen ways you can mess this up.\u00a0 I found every one of them. Test #4:\u00a0 Standing on your feet for hours, take after take, is tough work. I have a new-found respect for directors, cameramen and others in the film industry.\u00a0 They have to be models of patience and encouragement even though they are tired, too.\u00a0 We did 8 to 12 takes per video -- and it was not always because I stumbled over a word or messed up the whiteboard.\u00a0 Remember, we were filming in New York City.\u00a0 While the sound in the studio was deadened, if a fire truck blasted by with horn and siren blaring, or a heavy truck outside started to back up beeping loudly, or the pipes in the building rattled at an inopportune moment, it could be heard -- barely.\u00a0 But 'barely heard' was enough to mess up that take.\u00a0 So we'd do it over. Test #5:\u00a0 Remember those written points\u00a0 I was so proud of having shortened?\u00a0 Turns out, they were not nearly short enough. When we timed them, they were taking a full half minute more than our limit.\u00a0 You see, it takes longer when you're writing on a whiteboard, than it does just reading aloud in front of your computer.\u00a0 Yikes!\u00a0 So we literally had to edit on the fly.\u00a0 I cut.\u00a0 And I cut.\u00a0 And when I thought I couldn't possibly cut any more and still make sense, Sarah, our producer (a former scriptwriter), managed to find more cuts.\u00a0 And she was good.\u00a0 Finally we whittled it down. But I am not complaining -- not by a long shot!\u00a0 The entire experience was incredibly fun and interesting.\u00a0 I learned a lot during the experience -- including some things about editing my writing to make it crisp and hard hitting. So I would like to thank United Parcel Service (UPS) whose sponsorship made it possible for me to do the videos.\u00a0 Let me point out that it is not all about me.\u00a0 Several other people made videos in this series.\u00a0 You can find them in a YouTube channel put together by PopURLS, called "PopurlsBrown."\u00a0 The videos include: "The Economics of Abundance" featuring Mike Masnick of TechDirt; "Over-Communication" featuring Matt Marshall of VentureBeat; "Monitoring Your Industry" featuring Adam Ostrow of Mashable; and last but not least, yours truly, Anita Campbell, in a piece titled, "Partnering With Suppliers." So here's my first video, on partnering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh5CNYih3cM Please\u00a0 watch all the videos on PopurlsBrown's Channel on YouTube and leave a comment to let us know what you think.\u00a0 And if you like my video, PLEASE favorite it -- thank you so much!