Written By: Hussein Talhouni
Well, I’m writing this article about an experience I would like to share with all of you… it isn’t something out of the norm, it just gave me a sense of achievement and inspired me to venture out into different things. Seriously “if you want to do it, you can “As simple as it sounds and as cliché as it is, its true.
Anyways, I’ve been given or assigned lets say a “Task” at work. To those of you who have been assigned these “ Tasks” before, you probably know exactly what I mean. To those of you who don’t, lets define it. It basically means that you have been presented additional work/effort for you to complete within a certain time limit. You’re boss or superior will probably pitch it in a convincing manner and motivate you with exciting quotes such as “ YOU are the man for this task”, “You will be the leader of it all”, and the classic one of course” You’re going to do wonders with it”.
In addition to this sense of empowerment, a subliminal deadline is also conveyed. The challenge here is reading between the lines and understanding the true meaning of these quotes such as “when you have the time ” or “whenever you’re free”. This is a negotiating technique that combines sales, marketing, and management, and you’re superiors are the masters of it. Look at the bright side of this, someday you’ll be capable of doing the same, hence “the student becomes the teacher” sort of thing. But lets not drift off. If you are given a “Task”, just know that more work is assigned and more effort is expected.
So, this “Task “I have been assigned, outside the scope of my regular work of course, was to produce a few videos promoting our initiative. For the record, I have no background whatsoever in this field. Not in producing films or a better description, nothing to do with the film industry at all. I have been provided with a camcorder (a pretty fancy one I must add) and a cool looking device of what they call a “Tripod”. I have agreed to take on the challenge of this task, and I didn’t know what to expect. All I could hear was my boss as if chanting a battle cry -“UHJOM!” This means, “CHARGE!” in our common language, charge to what? Or charge to where? Yet I have to find out.
I began my journey following the footsteps of the great directors Spielberg, Scorsese, and Ritchie. I began filming around the workplace, and taking random footage from what I thought seemed necessary. All went pretty smooth, just click the red “record” button to start recording, then click it again to stop recording. I faced some challenge in unraveling the mystery behind this “Tripod”, the different levers and screws that open more doors. You start questioning the mere mechanics behind this design, “how deep does the rabbit hole go? “Eventually you understand the mechanism and nurture its needs, then place it properly to film better angels in a steady manner. After some suffering with the device, it was a success.
Now here comes the fun part, “Editing”… I have called a few friends seeking advice on which editing program to use. There are many of these high tech super advanced ones, but I honestly sought the more “user friendly” approach. I don’t want to bore you with the details but literally it was learning a totally different language. After all the extensive sweating, anxiety, and gastric activity I was finally able to add the footage, edit the clips, and even place an audio track in the background (YAY!). Now if someday I am ever in the same room with these directors, I will be able to hold an intelligent conversation for more than 2 minutes.
I presented the video to my superiors, and the end result was that they loved it. At least they seemed as if they did, maybe this could be more work place strategies that I have not figured out yet such as “The art of believing that something is good when its really not”, or “ Reactions 101” I honestly don’t know. But nonetheless, the “Task” was completed and I feel great about the product. Joking aside, I sincerely think they liked it, and I received lots of support afterwards.
I’m glad I had this opportunity to learn something new for work and also about myself. I actually ended up liking this new “task” of producing videos, and trying new things in life.
Maybe ill end up liking writing more articles like this for you guys 😉 and become the article master who knows? But all I can tell you is this, “ Nothing ventured, is nothing gained “.