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5 ways to monetize your content by working WITH your kids

5 ways to monetize your content by working WITH your kids

As a Content Creator, you’re always looking for new ways to monetize your content.

No one way will work for everyone, though there are some options out there that you may not have considered.

One option is working with kids! Kids, in my opinion, are one of the most overlooked resources in your biz. Not only can they help you co-create content, but they can also help you monetize it using their special skills and abilities AKA their superpowers.

Plus, they see your content through a different lens so are able to provide ideas you may not even have considered.

Often, kids are overlooked because they’re young or inexperienced. It’s for those very reasons that kids can become invaluable in your business. They bring a fresh perspective and a playfulness that we tend to forget to remember as adults and business owners.

If you want access to today’s show notes, my playbook, let me know by saying MAGIC below.

Hello, Amplifer and welcome!

I’m Yong Pratt, Chief Content Gold Miner and Podcast Host here at Amplify Your Awesome. At AYA we help Content Creators, just like you, to Organize, Systematize, and Monetize your awesome content so that you can ditch content overwhelm to the curb. We do this using out of the box ideas, like kids in your business, in our DIY programs, podcast, and our mentorship, Your Content Gold Mine.

Kids are often overlooked as a source of revenue for content creators. But kids have some special skills and abilities that can be leveraged for profit- from YouTube channels, app development, and more! This blog post will explore 5 Ways to Monetize Your Content WITH Kids

1. Find a child who loves to create content (i.e., your own kid or someone else’s)

This is an easy one. Whether we have kids of our own or not, there are kids in our lives that could use a little extra love and support. By inviting a kid into your business and teaching them to co-create side-by-side with you, you’re empowering the next generation of Content Creators.

If it feels right, you can even offer to compensate your kiddo. You could pay them for each project completed or pay a percentage of the profits made from your work together. You can pay them directly or set up a special education account for them for future education. It’s totally up to you.

Remember, it’s YOUR business. There’s no RIGHT way to do anything. You call the shots.

2. Curate your awesome content in a central location

If you missed part 1 of this series all about Kids + Content = Magic, the link to view the video is.

In that first video, I shared an easy way to get your kid’s help in centralizing or curating all your awesome content into a single location. In the video before this series, I shared the reasons WHY centralizing all your content is crucial for you to get the most out of all your content.

PLUS I shared a simple tool that I’ve used in my business with my own kids to make this process super easy. If you want the tool, just request today’s show notes using the word CURATE and I’ll be sure to include it, too.

Once all your content is curated, it will be easy to see what you already have that could be packaged together in different ways. You kiddos will see possibilities that you may not.

3. Systematize your awesome content.

Systems are the documented ways in which you perform each task in your business. Whether you perform the task or you delegate it, having a standardized, systematized way to perform each vital task ensures consistency and quality. Systems will also save you time and money, yet they’re not something every business owner has created. In fact, many of the businesses I’ve worked with, including decades-old businesses, don’t have systems in place.

If you don’t already have documented systems in place, it’s not your fault. I didn’t have documented systems until my business was nearly 10 years old. Up until that time, all my systems lived only in my head or with people that I trained.

Hiring your kids to help you systematize your business makes so much sense and again will save you time in training them. I covered this idea in detail last week so if you want to watch that video or get the show notes, type SYSTEMS down below.

By having your kids document your systems, you’ll literally be sharing your knowledge with them so that they can perform tasks like content creation independently of you.

4. Brainstorm ways to monetize based on what they’ve curated and systematized

Once you’ve had your kiddos help you to curate and systematize your content, it’s time to monetize. The old saying, “Two heads are always better than one” sums of this idea perfectly. Having fresh eyes on your content, eyes that have a vested interest in your business succeeding is tremendously valuable.

As Content Creators, we’re often our own worst critics. This is especially true when it comes to monetizing our content. We want our content to be “perfect” and often overlook and dismiss lots of our content because of it.

The reality is the people that need you aren’t looking for perfect. Phew! If only I’d understood this idea years ago, I could have saved myself so much time and stress.

Having your kids look at your content and then brainstorm ways to monetize it is super eye-opening. Every time I have my own daughters do this for me, I’m always amazed at the potential they see.

Give it a try today and make a list of all the possible ways you and your kiddo dream up to monetize your content. One last thing to remember is that just because you offered something free before, doesn’t mean it can’t be monetized. I always say that content creation isn’t linear. Something you created a year or more ago could become a part of the content you’ve recently created. When you put your content in a more digestible, easier to consume order, it has value and it could be monetized. You may even discover that your content has gaps that you can address with new content in a new program or service.

5. Take action and be an example of what’s possible. Document the process of working with your kids and share what you’ve created together.

The first and final way to monetize content by working with your kids is to take action. Listening to my words and then not doing anything with them will not move you forward.

Invite your kiddo into your business, document the process, and be an example of what’s possible when we empower our kids.

If you’re enjoyed this 3 part series and are ready to take action on organizing, systematizing, and monetizing your awesome content with or without the help of your kids, say I’m In.

I work with content creators that have hundreds, if not thousands of pieces of content and are overwhelmed with the thought of creating more content, let’s chat.

If you’re ready to stop stressing about what to post on social media.

If you’re ready to stop worrying about your next offer.

If you know more people could benefit from your awesome content and you’re looking for guidance on the best ways to leverage the content you’ve already created, I invite you to schedule a call with me.

Conclusion

As a content creator, you deserve to feel confident and in control of your business. You need systems that work for you so that you can spend more time on the things only YOU can do like creating new content or strategizing with clients. If hiring your kids as an assistant sounds too daunting (or if they’re not old enough), we invite you to partner with us through inside Your Content Gold Mine where we’ll help develop those systems and strategies that work for you!

I’ve opened up my calendar this week to chat about your awesome content. All you have to do is say I’m In and I’ll reach out to you personally.

Next week, Thanksgiving Week, I’ll be sharing a special, no-calorie feast with you. Until then, go out there today and amplify MORE of what makes you so awesome!

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[00:00:00] Yong Pratt: As a content creator, you're always looking for ways to monetize your content after all, you're spending a great deal of time and money and resources into creating that content. So of course, monetizing it definitely needs to be at the top of your priority list. In my opinion, having kids in our businesses as a part of the way we monetize our content is such an underutilized strategy.

[00:00:31] And today we're going to talk about five ways to bring kids into your business, to help you to monetize that awesome content.

[00:00:43] Hey there Amplifier I'm Yong Pratt, the chief contact gold miner and podcast host here at Amplify Your .Awesome™. Here at Amplify Your Awesome™ we love to help content creators, just like you to organize all of your amazing content to systematize your content. And of course, to monetize your amazing content.

[00:01:15] As you are joining live or catching the replay, let me know that you're here and you are ready to receive this message today because for the past several weeks, I have been talking about different ways we can tap into the superpowers of our kids. Whether they are our own biological kids or they are the kids of someone in our social circles who just needs a hand up.

[00:01:42] Maybe they need a little bit more attention, a little bit more love, and you see a little spark there and you want to ignite that spark and until grows into a big flame because kids, when they are recognized for their abilities and their skills, rise to the occasion so beautifully.

[00:02:03] Now as you are watching and you have a takeaway, I want you to put the word GOLD down below and let me know what that gold is that you're going to take away with you and implement, because the reason that I go live or the reason that I create content or any videos at all, is to help you get to where you want to go further, especially in regards to your content.

[00:02:31] If you don't already know this about me, I was a brick and mortar performing arts studio [owner] for 17 years before I came into this online space to help other people with their content. I love what I do and hearing from you definitely fuels the fire of my passions and helping you to show up in a way that connects you with your amazing tribe.

[00:02:59] The people you want to bring in the people you're serving already. Just a way to reinforce the amazingness and the awesomeness that is within you, that you are here to share. So again, if you have a big takeaway, use the word gold down below, let me know what that is. Okay. Let's dive in five ways to help monetize your content using the kids in your life for good. Are you ready? Let's do it.

[00:03:36] Number one is to find a child in your life that already loves to create content. If you have kids that are school aged and they are creating things inside, maybe a Google classroom. They are very adept at using these online tools. They're out there creating something.

[00:04:00] As an example, when I was bringing my kids into my own business several years ago, my youngest was 11. She loved at that time to create Google slide presentation. She literally would spend weekends creating slide presentations about what she was loving, whether it was characters in a book so she could organize them and keep them straight. Or it was about something she wanted to learn more. The most recent one is about whether or not we should get goats- the merits of having them and how we can make sure they are contributing to our family.

[00:04:36] So find a creator, find a kid in your life who is already creating content, whether that is written content, whether that is video content or whether that's audio content or anything in between finding that kid pinpointing who you want to lift up, who you want to empower and bring them into your business.

[00:05:00] Because having those fresh eyes, those childlike eyes that are still so full of wonder is really so magical when it comes to your business. Because I've discovered first hand that having kids in your business, asking them questions, having them be involved with you they see things in a very different way and often have so many ideas that we probably even haven't thought of. I know that has been the case with me. Absolutely.

[00:05:33] So that's number one, the first way to monetize your content using the kids in your lives. Now, when I say using, I definitely don't mean it in a bad way. I mean, tapping into their skills, into their superpower. It's really about finding the hidden gems that are within the kids in your lives, giving them a chance to amplify those skills inside of your business.

[00:05:59] So when you hear me say the word, use your kids. No, it's always coming from a place of kindness, a place of love and a place of empowerment. Because if we have business owners can step in and lift up and empower the kids in our lives to become content creators or to co-create content with us. Can you imagine what the world will look like in several years, a decade from now when they are taking over as content creators and they're out in the world doing amazing things? It's such a good feeling to be able to tap into our kids' strengths and bring them into our businesses to make our businesses even better.

[00:06:46] Number two, the second step in bringing in kids to your business to help you monetize your content is to curate all of your awesome content in one central location.

[00:06:58] Several videos ago, I talked about the benefits of centralizing your content because as content creators, we're really, really, really good at creating content. However, we're always not so great at centralizing the content so we can find what we're looking for when we need it. Several years ago

[00:07:21] I would waste so much time because I would go to search for a piece of content that I knew that I had created. And it was nowhere to be found. More than likely I found that piece of content after I created it again. So I was wasting my valuable time and wasting money on creating content when I could be out there serving my amazing clients.

[00:07:52] Has that ever happened to you? Where you go to find something, you know, you've created and you don't find it so you create it again. Or maybe you have forgotten you've created an amazing piece of content only to recreate the wheel. I know I'm raising my hand myself. I am guilty of doing this more times than I care to admit.

[00:08:14] It's kind of embarrassing on my part because now I help people to do this, but I know I've been in that struggle. I have been challenged by making sure all of my content is in one central location. So that's number two on bringing your kids into our business to help us monetize our content. Once you have it all in one location.

[00:08:36] It's really easy to kind of have a bird's eye view of everything you have. And that's going to be really important as we go through today's steps.

[00:08:48] Number three, in this process is to systematize your content. What does that mean? Well, a system is basically a way a documented step by step way to do anything in your business.

[00:09:07] Let's take the example of being a podcaster. I've been podcasting by myself since 2013 when I launched my first podcast and I have definitely made every mistake in the book when it comes to podcasting. So let's take podcast creation. Do you have a documented process, a system for the steps you take before you record your podcast?

[00:09:33] Things like plugging in your microphone, choosing the right microphone with whatever recording software you're doing. I know that I've gone to record podcast episodes. They were incredible. And I get to the end only to realize that dun dun dun...I didn't choose the right audio input and the audio was terrible. Sometimes so terrible. I couldn't even use that episode. So what did I have to do? I had to go in there and recreate it. So having a step-by-step process, a system that you can follow and then delegate to someone else is hugely valuable in your business.

[00:10:18] For me systems allowed me to step away from my business for four full weeks, being in another country on the other side of the world and my business ran without.

[00:10:32] It actually ran better without me, because I was the cog in the wheel, slowing things down. When I stepped out of the way and empowered my staff to take my systems and implement them and to use their own brains and to have a little bit of freedom to really make those systems theirs the business did so well. And it was that one of the busiest times of the year in my performing arts business. So I know the power of systems and I've shared this before that I was really one of those people that was kind of dragged, kicking and screaming and saying, no systems are not for me. I am a creative. I like to go with the flow.

[00:11:20] Can you relate to that? If you can relate to going with the flow and thinking systems are going to slow you down. Raise your hand virtually, let me know in the comments under this video. Because that is definitely how I felt it wasn't until I hired a coach to walk me through this step and hold me accountable for creating hundreds and hundreds of systems, many of which I didn't even think we needed to have. But after creating them, I realized that oh!

[00:11:55] Not having a system was actually slowing my people down because they had to bring me in get my feedback every time and they were never independent of me. So systems for all of you creatives out there can actually end up saving you time. It's something I talked about in part two of this series, if you want access to that video and want to find out where you can watch that, let me know down below.

[00:12:28] That brings us into step number 4. The fourth way you can monetize your content with the help of your kids is to invite them into your business. Brainstorm with them once they've helped you to organize or to curate all your content in one location and then help you to document the systems to create that content, or to repurpose that content.

[00:12:59] Now you have a big picture. It's having the 10,000 foot view. It's almost as if you were then a bird hovering over all of your content. It's fully organized. If beautifully systematized, and now you can brainstorm with your kids on what could you do with your content? What else can you turn it into?

[00:13:24] If you have a series of videos that you put out into the world, even if they were free, is there a way that you can turn that into something new, a new bundle product or service that you can offer into the world with a price tag on it? I've said this before, and I'll say it again. That content creation is not linear.

[00:13:53] I know when I look at my curated content, I'll look back and say, wow, okay. Something I created a year or two ago is still relevant and you know what? It actually goes as step number three, in what I'm talking about now. Maybe I have a five step framework for something and that video or audio I created years ago fits beautifully into what you're creating now or what you want to put out into the world to serve more people. Because there is definitely something I know about you. As a content creator, you have a huge heart. You love creating content and you create content in order to connect with and serve more people living into your destiny of who you were meant to be on this planet.

[00:14:44] I know that's why you're out there creating content. It is for a higher purpose. It is never to just create content, to create content. The process of creating content is valuable to you. So when you see your content from this bird's eye view, you can better be able to see the pieces you have already, how they might go together, or maybe you'll discover there is a missing step and you can go create that to fill in any gaps. So many possibilities are waiting for you once you see all of your content in one central location and bringing the kids in your life, into your business to help you to do that is hugely beneficial on so, so many levels.

[00:15:36] Asking them questions. Letting them tell you what they see in your content, what could be beneficial, what they see as being of the highest value to those people you serve. One of the added side benefits of bringing your kids into your business is that they start taking a vested interest in your success. Seeing you succeed in your business means that they are succeeding. Your business supports your family. It contributes to the well-being of your kids. Bringing them in as part of the process, rather than keeping them separate, which I know I'm guilty of doing that for a long, long time. Not thinking of the value my kids could bring to me. When I started tearing down that wall and being more transparent and more fluid, letting my home life come into my business life and vice versa, I was a better person for it. My kids understood where I was coming from and they have a better insight into why I spend time doing certain things and what it means to them. So invitingyour kids in, letting them brainstorm with you is step number four in helping you to monetize your content with the help of your kiddos.

[00:17:13] And that of course, brings us to number five. And this is what I did when I started to do this process for myself, I needed to take action. I know that I, as a human design projector, it's easy for me to envision and be a visionary for what I want to see happen. However, I know it's harder for me to take action on those things because I'm a big picture kind of person. So I know that I need help with implementing to take action.

[00:17:48] I need coaches in my life that will hold me accountable. I need mentors in my life who can guide me to that spot, where I am moving forward and making progress. They definitely are valuable in my business. And I don't think there's been many times in my life after I hired my first coach, that I haven't had a coach in my life because having that person on some days just be my biggest cheerleader is hugely valuable to me. Once you have, have your kids help you to organize systematize and brainstorm the ways that you can monetize your content, it is time to take action.

[00:18:30] What steps do you need to take to monetize your content? Do you need to create an email sequence? Do you need to create more conversations and relationships in your life so that you can help other people in a way that only you can do? And of course, once you take action documenting this process of bringing your kids into your business, allowing them to help you in your business, to monetize your content to co-create content and so much more.

[00:19:03] It's going to be a game changer? I know it was for me. I thought the idea of bringing my kids into my business for a long time was one of those things that I felt judged for. I finally had to let go of that. Let go of the fear of the unknown and embrace what could be. Looking at the possibilities of what my kids could bring into my business rather than being very buttoned up and very prim and proper in business.

[00:19:35] Because as adults, we sometimes take ourselves a little too seriously and having our kids in our business, they're really good at calling us out for behaviors that we sometimes don't want to admit that we have. So my friend, bringing your kids into your business to help you monetize can do so much good for your business as well as for the lives of the kids you invite in.

[00:20:11] As we wrap up this video, I want to just invite you to raise your hands, reach out, and let me know if you would be interested in getting my help to walk you through this process, of bringing your kids into your business. Having them help you to organize, systematize, and then of course monetize your business.

[00:20:35] It would be my absolute pleasure. It is something that we do every day inside of my mentorship, your content goldmine, we help content creators just like you, whether they're going to go it alone or whether they want to bring their kids into their business. We help businesses of all different levels, really to see their content in a brand new way. To see its possibilities in a real, tangible, monetized way. And it starts with the organizing or the curating of that content in a central location, and then systematizing it so that the monetization follows simply and easily because there is no rules. That says business has to be hard.

[00:21:24] I know I used to believe that the harder I worked on, the more I hustled, the more success I would see, and I found for myself the exact opposite. So here is your permission slip to let things be E.A.S.Y.. And when I say E.A.S.Y. It's my acronym for Energetically Aligned Systematized and Yours.

[00:21:50] So your business, my friend is yours. The way you create your content is yours. The way that you invite people into your business, including kids is yours. You have the power. You have the ability to make amazing, awesome things happen in the world. And it's your time to do that. Before we wrap up, I want to do a very speedy recap. Are you ready?

[00:22:26] As a content creator, you're always looking for new ways to monetize your content because you are spending a lot of your time, a lot of money in creating content rather than doing something else in your business to bring in money. So today we're going to talk about five ways to help you to monetize your content with the help help the kids in your life.

[00:22:54] Hey there Amplifier I'm Yong Pratt, the chief content gold miner and podcast host here at Amplify Your Awesome™. Here at Amplify Your Awesome™we love helping content creators, just like you to organize through beautiful content, to systematize their content and to monetize their content and today I'm sharing five ways, five secret ways that I've used in my own business to help me to monetize my content. Are you ready? Here they are.

[00:23:24] Step number one, find a child in your life that already is creating content of some sort and invite them in. These could be your kids or they could be someone else's kid.

[00:23:36] Step number two, you're going to curate your content all in one location so that it's always at your fingertips and you're able to see big picture, all the awesome content you've already created.

[00:23:50] Step number three, you're going to systematize that content. You can use the kids in your life to help you document your particular processes, your systems, so that you can delegate much of the work to someone else and your kids are really, really good at helping to document as they see you execute step-by-step.

[00:24:14] Step number four is to brainstorm with your kids. Once they've helped you to organize all your beautiful content they've helped you to document and systematize it also, there is a step-by-step process so we never have to remember all of the steps that go into the creating of content or the distribution of your content. Brainstorm -letting their imaginations run wild when they see all your content. I think you're going to be pleasantly surprised and maybe even amazed at what your kids can dream up for you.

[00:24:50] And of course, number five in monetizing your content that you have to take action. Once you see it all, once you brainstorm with your kids, you actually have to go out there and put in the steps to make that happen. So if you want to sell that ebook. If you want to sell that course. If you want to sell the audio series, there are some steps you need to take to make that happen, and your kiddos can help you implement those things.

[00:25:16] And of course, when you go through this five step process to monetize your content with your kids, I invite you to document the process because it's stunning to see how far your kids go and how quickly they can become part of your business and really be integral to creating and monetizing your beautiful content.

[00:25:41] If you want the full video on how to put these five steps into action and more details, you can head over to my Facebook page or YouTube and watch this video in its entirety. I cover five juicy steps to help you monetize your content with your awesome kids. Okay. My friend, until next time I invite you to go out there and amplify more of what makes you so awesome.

[00:26:12] Cheers.

Kids + Content = Magic Part 2 ✨

Kids + Content = Magic Part 2 ✨

For the past several years, I’ve been peeling back the curtain on how my own girls have helped me inside my business + how they’ve been hired to help other business owners.

Today in Part 2 of Kids + Content = Magic, I’ll be sharing more about this very underutilized business strategy.

Kids as Conent Creators

Kids as content creators is a growing trend in the world of digital literacy, with many experts applauding the idea of introducing this subject at a young age to stimulate creativity and imagination. Not only can our kids be guided in creating incredible content, they also have the opportunity to make money from it as both of my girls have done.

We as business owners can play an important role by guiding them through the content creation process by co-creating with us. By empowering our kids to tap into their own gifts, talents, and ninja tech skills we can work together to raise the next generation of content creators.

This article will provide tips for parents on how they can encourage their children to become content creators by helping you inside your business, as well as an opportunity to put this video into action with my help.

If you want access to the show notes or my FAVORITE TOOLS for Content Creators say TOOLKIT in the comments below

Hi! I’m Yong Pratt, and I help content creators organize, systematize, and monetize their awesome content with out-of-the-box strategies like kids as co-creators in your business. We do this inside our 1:1 coaching programs, courses, and mentorship, Your Content Gold Mine.

If I share something that resonates with you, be sure to pop the word GOLD under this video and share your takeaway. And if you know someone that could benefit from this video, I’d be honored if you’d sprinkle the goodness amongst your tribe.

Creators in the Digital Age

Today’s children are being raised in the digital age, which means that it comes as no surprise when they want to create content on their own. As adults, it’s important for us to guide our children through the process of becoming content creators so they can have fun while learning valuable skills at the same time! A great way to get them started in the world of content creation is to invite them into your business to help you with your content.

Last week I shared how your kids can help you to organize and centralize all your awesome content along with a tool to make this process super easy.

If you want access to that video and the tool, type MAGIC below.

In part 2 of this miniseries all about Kids + Content = Magic, we’re diving into systems and automation and your kids (or someone else’s) can help you set things up! If you want my favorite content creation tools, type TOOLKIT down below.

It’s sooooo good!

Before we dive into our lesson on guiding kids to become content creators, let’s take a step back and talk about the word, CONTENT, and its creation.

What is content creation and why kids?

Content Creation is the act of producing any type of content. Whether it’s a blog post, social post, video, or podcast. Its purpose is to attract the right people to your business and repel the ones that aren’t a good fit.

It can be incredibly time-consuming and overwhelming at times.

The good news is that you do NOT have to go it alone. Your kids or someone else’s can be one of the most overlooked assets inside any business. Kids are naturally creative beings and they’re often more capable than they’re given credit for.

They have skills and abilities that can be really helpful in your content creation process in so many ways. From brainstorming sessions to researching topics that will help you grow your business, and developing ideas for new content is just the tip of the iceberg.

Kids also have a vested interest in your success. They understand your goals and values in ways people outside your business often don’t.

Guiding kids using the Teach One, Do One Method

This is a question I get all.the.time.

Our children learn so much by watching us. Sitting side-by-side and showing your kids how you create content is a great first step.

This is exactly how I started working with my then 11-year old.

Last week I shared how your kids could help you curate and consolidate your content using a simple spreadsheet. If you want access to that spreadsheet, type “spreadsheet” down below.

Another great place to get your kids involved in content creation is by documenting your unique systems and processes. It’s one of the most overlooked tasks in most businesses.

In this teach one do one type model, your kids will learn by watching and documenting the process as you perform each task. By learning in this manner, they’ll be able to complete the task on their own after a few repetitions.

The reality is that most of us don’t start out with documented systems yet it’s absolutely essential to have them in place before you can outsource effectively inside your business.

If you don’t already have written step-by-step systems for each part of the creation process, your kids could literally document as you do the work. Encourage them to ask questions about your process and ask for feedback on improving the system.

You can get started with this systemization process today.

Open up a google doc and whatever wordprocessing system you use. Pop a title on the top and then have your kiddo type up a numbered list with each step.

An example of creating systems

If you’re a podcaster, what are the steps you take before an episode airs?

What are the steps you take when it goes live?

What are the steps you take in the days, weeks, or months after the episode airs?

Systems are often a scary word for most business owners. Creating them can feel hard. If you create them with your kiddos by your side, do you see how easy and dare I say FUN it could be?

Once your systems are created and documented, anyone else can follow them. It’s the first step from extracting you from the day-to-day operations of your business so you can focus on your vision and spend more time in your zone of genius as Gay Hendricks would say.

If you like the idea of creating systems in your business or want to have your kids help you, I cover this in-depth inside my mentorship, Your Content Gold Mine. We go deep into this systemization process in great detail along with which parts can be automated.

I also give my members my exact 1-page systems documents for every content-related task from creation to repurposing to automation inside my business.

They never have to start from scratch when creating a system. They can literally take my systems and make the changes that suit them and their businesses. It’s pretty stinking awesome if you ask me!!!

If you want more information about Your Content Gold Mine, let me know. Type mentor down below and I’ll reach out to you personally.

Content Creating Kids & Online Safety

There’s no doubt that the internet can be a dangerous place for kids. It’s important to make sure you help them navigate the world of content creation without crossing any boundaries or becoming involved in inappropriate conversations and situations.

By first having your kids help you with your content, they’ll learn what’s acceptable and what’s not.

When you give kids the opportunity to help you create content, they’re engaged with the work and are less likely to stray into dangerous territory.

You can even install browser extensions that block certain websites from being opened during the times your kids work with you if you like.

While kids are curious and the world is at their fingertips every moment of every day, I’ve found that when you empower them to use their power for good, when you help them understand and lean into their talents, they’re less likely to stray.

Benefits of Co-Creating Content With Your Kids

We’ve already talked about how your kiddos can help you curate and systematize content and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When you get curious and set out to discover their natural talents and encourage the development of those talents inside your business, I promise you’ll be in awe of how many amazing ways your kids can contribute to your business.

When your kiddo is invited in as a co-creator of content they have a vested interest in seeing your business succeed, which will go a long way in creating a sense of loyalty and passion for your brand.

And when you feel like your kiddo is ready to soar, elevating them to a content creator using the systems you co-created is when the true magic begins.

Like all of us, kids want to be seen. They want to be recognized for their talents. They want to contribute.

And learning to be a content creator with your guidance is one of the best gifts you can give.

Tapping into your child’s Super Powers

Teaching your kiddo to become a content creator is all about paying attention to the clues our kids leave. Observing how they solve problems, how they learn best, and how they like to create will go a long way in your kids feeling seen and recognized as a creator.

Want to speed up the process of tapping in and unleashing your child’s superpowers?

Grab a copy of my first book, Raising a Superhero

BTW: The second book in the series, Raising a Creator where I really dive into how to elevate and hire your kid as a content creator is coming your way in 2022.

Next Steps for You

Earlier in this video, I shared a little about Your Content Goldmine, my brand new mentorship program where I give you all my content systems to use in your business. What I didn’t share is that inside the program, there is an opportunity for your own kiddo or one someone else’s to join you and implement right alongside you.

Your Content Gold Mine is not a DIY class. I’ll be there guiding you through my Content ATM and Gold Mining Frameworks in-depth as you take action on organizing, systematizing, and monetizing all of your awesome content. And you can bring your kids along for the ride.

As a society, we’re becoming more and more digitally literate. The way our children access information is changing rapidly as they grow up in the era of social media and smartphones. If you want to ensure that your child has an edge in this competitive world, consider giving them opportunities to be content creators within your business or organization while still keeping their safety at the forefront.  By introducing your kids to these systems early on and guiding them through how it all works together, you’ll give yourself one less thing to worry about when they become adults who are navigating the internet and the world independently! It’s time to empower the next generation of content creators!

Thanks for joining me for part 2 of Kids + Content = Magic. Next week we’re going to talk about monetizing your awesome content with your kiddos.

If you want to be reminded next time I go live AND you want access to the show notes and a list of my FAVORITE TOOLS for Content Creators say TOOLKIT in the comments below.

Be sure to hit subscribe and give this video a thumbs up so I know you found this valuable.

Until next time, go out there today and amplify MORE of what makes you and your kiddo so awesome!


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Have you ever been frustrated with the amount of time your kiddos are spending on their digital devices, checked out from everything else? Or have your kids ever been frustrated with you because you are consumed with your digital devices and maybe not paying attention to them?

Well, the good news, my friend, is that today, I'm going to be sharing a strategy that I've been using in our own family for a number of years now to really turn that bickering over digital device use into bonding time. Today, in a part number two of Kids + Content = Magic, we're gonna be diving into a simple way to involve your kids using their digital superpowers, inside your business to create together and create more good in the world. How does that sound?

If we haven't met yet, my name is Yong Pratt. I am the Chief Content Gold Miner and Podcast Host here at Amplify Your Awesome™. Here at Amplify Your Awesome™, we help content creators, just like you. Whether you are a writer, whether you are a video creator, or a podcaster. No matter what medium you're creating, we help you to take all of that beautiful content and organize it so it's easy to find when you need it. We help you to systematize your content creation and distribution processes and implement things like automation, and ways to simplify the content process. And of course, we help content creators to monetize all their beautiful content, because there is nothing worse than spending time creating content, only for no one to enjoy it or maybe not enough people to enjoy it. So we actually work together to find multiple ways that you can take the content you've already created, and turn it into something you can monetize. It is so good.

Today, in part number two of Kids + Content = Magic, we're going to dive in to lots of reasons why your kids can be an asset inside your business, and use their digital ninja skills for good by helping them and nurturing them to become content creators. In the beginning, they're going to be co creating with you. And today I'm going to share with you one of the strategies to help you systematize your business and how your kids can really play a crucial part in helping you to do that. The first thing I want to cover though, is what is content?

And why are your kids can be an essential part of the process. Or how can they become an essential part of the process? That's the question.

Content for those of you who are not maybe familiar with that word is any type of video, a post an audio, any type of content or any any piece that you put out into the world, to help other people to find you to be attracted to your business, and to repel those people who aren't going to be a good fit. It is literally everything we do all day every day in our businesses. While not every business owner considers themselves a content creator, we all do create content for our businesses. We are putting our messaging out into the world in lots of different ways. Back in the old days, I can say old days because it was part of these days. We used to do that by printing flyers or brochures or taking that out an ad in the newspaper. Now that we are in this digital age, we can do it much more easily by doing things like this by going live and sharing our messages, having conversations with people about what we do, who we serve, all the things that we love and want to help other people do. So that, my friend, is a big picture of what content is.

I would love to know if you are joining me live or catching the replay. What type of content is your favorite to create. Do you like to write? Do you like to make videos? Do you like to create audio podcasts? let me know. I love connecting with fellow content creators, because it's so much fun to see where and how we all draw our inspiration for creating things that people can enjoy, like video. So let me know down below.

And by the way, if you know somebody who could benefit from this, maybe they want to get their kids involved in their businesses, and they aren't sure how to go about it. Or maybe there's someone who has kids that have grown up and are no longer at home yet they know a kid in their lives, who could use a little bit of extra support extra love extra time, and you can invite them in to be part of this process with you, I would love for you to sprinkle this video out amongst your people. And let them know where to find this video because this is a conversation I love having. Talking about nurturing and empowering the next generation of content creators.

While we are here live or on the replay, if you have a takeaway, and aha moment, I would love for you to put that underneath this video, type the word GOLD and let me know what the biggest takeaway is so that I can address that and maybe create more content around that topic if it is of interest to you.

And one more thing before we dive in any further, if you want a copy of the show notes, my playbook, my step-by-step process for involving your kids in the content creation process, and how that can create magic in your family, as well as your business, pop the word KIDS below this video. I'm also going to share with you when you request that a list of my favorite content creation tools, because there are many, many, many, many, many, many out there and more pop up every day, I'm going to share with you my absolute favorite, the easiest to use the most dynamic tools that I have discovered over the past 20 years as an entrepreneur. And I would like for you to discover them too. Okay, let's go ahead and dive in a little bit deeper. So content, we're going to go back to this.

Oops. That's the wrong caption. You gotta love the power of live video and the unexpected things that pop up.

Kids. Why would you want to have your kids be part of this process? Well, for one, because kids are spending an increasing amount of time on their digital devices. They are very savvy. They know how to do things that sometimes we have trouble doing ourselves in our businesses. Content Creation is also something that takes some time. And if we're able to bring our kids in to this process and show them how to do things, and empower them, and equip them with the right tools, that is a win all around. Kids are digital ninjas. They are very stealthy. They are very fast, they can do so many things. It's just a matter of being recognized and being invited in to your business to put those skills to the test.

And we've been doing this process in my family. And also when I ran a brick and mortar performing arts school. I always really believed in this Teach One, Do One methodology. What does that mean?

At its core, it means that if my daughter and I were working together, we would be sitting side by side with a laptop on each of our laps. I would show her how to do something like design something in Canva. For instance, I would show her how to do it, then I would have her do it. So I would teach one. She would do one. We do it again. I would teach one. I would do one. And again, this is how I did it my performing art school. All of our classes were like this. Our teachers would guide the learning process and teach some skills. Whether that was choreography or whether that was a musical composition or whether that was a passage from a play. Our teachers would teach the students how to do it.

Every kid would do it. They're learning by repetition. And by doing it, it's very experiential, very hands on, which is by far the best way for all of us to learn as we are moving through life, by having someone show us how to do something, and watching over our shoulder, and sharing ways to improve the process, and then repeating that over and over again, our kids are really great at picking things up quickly.

Back when I was first starting this process, my youngest was 11. And if you've heard this story before, you've heard me talk about this. She was 11 at the time. And so when I told people I wanted to bring her into my business, and I had this crazy idea to do this experiment, people kind of looked at me a little strangely, because they thought, wow, well, she's 11. She's a kid, what could she possibly do inside your business.

Whereas I on the other hand, I'm always a believer in seeing the possibilities. It is one of my super special superpowers. It is part of my Human Design as a Projector. I have this ability, this superpower to see things and the possibilities that could become. For instance, I can walk into a building a rental property, a commercial property, and I can literally see things in the future, seeing what things could be possible for that space. I know not everyone can do that. And that is one of the gifts I bring to my clients is that we work together. And I can help them to start to see what is possible for their content, especially in regards to the monetization of that content.

So using the Teach One, Do One methodology is really, really powerful. Last week, we talked about how your kids can help you to organize your content, how to centralize your content. And why that is important.

If you want access to that video, let me know down below. Last week, I shared my content ATM framework. So just put ATM under this video. And I will be sure to, to circle back around and get that video to you. Because that was really kind of part one of how to involve your kids in the content creation process. Again, in the beginning, it is all about Co-creating and teaching one thing and then doing one thing over and over again, until there's a comfort level on both sides.

So today, one of the ways that I have my kids help is to have them, help me systematize my business. And now systems are another word or another phrase that when I talk about them, sometimes people's eyes glaze over. And there's a lot of confusion about them. Because they're not sure what the word means. So let me just tell you what a system is.

A system is basically the process the step-by-step process you go through to do anything in your business, whether that's posting on social media, whether that's before your Podcast, episode airs, what are the steps that you actually take. And for me, a system is not a system until it is documented, it is written out step by step, so that I can literally take that piece of paper or that digital page, share it with somebody else. And they could follow along step by step and make it happen.

So a way for you to make this happen with your kids is to sit side by side, spend time bonding, spend time being together, and use both of your digital skill sets to create something greater.

I have had a lot of conversations with business owners about systems. And I have to say that many businesses, whether they're solopreneurs, or they are long established businesses, when I ask them about their systems in their documentation, they don't really have anything. It's all in the owners head or the managers had. nowhere is it written down. So when it comes time to training and your staff member, or if that person who knows all the system goes away to business literally does not know how to run, right.

So we really want to prepare ourselves, no matter where we are in business to systematize things and our kids can do this beautifully for us. As you're doing the Teach One, Do One method. You can have your kids document step-by-step. Step number one, open the software. Step number two, use this templates. Step number three, change the title. Step number four, change the graphic. Step number five, all the way through to the end of that process. If you have them document as they're learning, and have them do the process, the ability they're going to have to take that process over, is going to be great because they are actually doing so many types of learning. They're doing it experientially, they're writing, they're making a list, they're documenting for themselves in a way that makes sense for them. So that somebody else eventually can also take over that role. And that is, the whole point of systems is that we want to take ourselves out of the day to day operations.

And our kids are great allies for making this happen. Because once they start doing this in your business, they have a vested interest in wanting to see the business succeed, because they are part of it, that part of the growth or part of the trajectory of the business, and really empowering them to see, awesome, this is how mom does this. This is how dad does this. Hmm. Could I do this on my own? And really, again, opening that door to the future where they can start seeing themselves creating things on their own, not just for mom and dad. How cool is that?

And you know, one of the things, one of the questions I often get, when I talk about having kids help us in our businesses, a lot of parents are very, very leery to do this, because it means their kids have more access to things on why. Now I know that our people and probably hold courses about internet safety.

As a content creator, there are tools that we all use, that are internet-based. You can even install timers, and blockers on your browser to make sure only certain things are available during windows of time. So if you're concerned about this, you can use something that says okay, only these four websites are available when my kids are helping me so they can't be going out and searching for all sorts of inappropriate things.

Here's the thing, though, when you involve your kids in this process, then they see the possibilities of what you're doing in your business, they're able to give you ideas, they're able to start seeing themselves doing these things. And I have found they are much more likely to be on track in staying where they are creating rather than being distracted by other things. And I know that's not a blanket statements for all kids. However, I have seen that in my kids when I empower them to use certain things, they go there by themselves to look or to create things. Well, for my girls love using Canva, my graphic design tool of choice, it's super easy for them to use, they both learn how to create inside of it. And they are both masterful at doing that. So I have no qualms at all if they want to log into Canva and create something because again, we're shifting the paradigm from consumption time to creation time. And all day, every day, I would allow them to create.

So when it comes to safety, you get to make your own choices. You get to have informed conversation with your kids. And you can move forward together. And everyone has a different level of tolerance when it comes to their kids being online. So do what works for you and your family.

Kids as CO-creators. This is such a powerful, enlightening thing to think about. I actually have goosebumps right now. Because this idea of teaching kids to co create content in your business with you. With the idea of planting the seed that they too, could be content creators in their own right. Both of my kids have been hired by other entrepreneurs, other content creators to help them manage their businesses. They have done things like manage YouTube channels and create thumbnails and graphics for Pinterest and different social platforms. They have managed podcasts where they literally are taking the raw podcast, editing, just barely, we don't really believe in heavy editing, but really about putting an intro and an outro creating the full experience of a podcast episode and uploading and scheduling for distribution along with some show notes and some graphics.

The skills they have learned sitting side by side with me. As I am empowering them to tap into their own abilities as creators, has been really fun for me as a parent to watch unfold, because as they gain more competence using different skills, they gain more confidence in themselves, their self-esteem is elevated. The way they feel about themselves, and the things that they can do the things that they are capable of doing. That's a really, really powerful way to show our kids to demonstrate that we trust them that we appreciate their skill sets that we appreciate what they bring to the table. And because of that, we're going to invite them into our businesses. And for most kids, they don't have an opportunity because there's not an entrepreneur in the home.

So if you are an entrepreneur, this is one of the greatest gifts, I believe, that you could give to your kids is to help them co create alongside you with the intention of letting them create independently of you at some point in your business.

Now, if you want more ideas about how to observe your kids, and really tap into their superpowers, I wrote a book all about that. It's called Raising a Superhero.

It's all about tapping into the eight different ways each of us live and learn, and how we as parents can become detectives, and discover how to best help our kids. Once we discover how they learn best, we can use that information in our businesses to help guide the learning process. If you're interested in getting a copy of that book, just pop the word book below this video. And I'll reach out to you personally and let you know where you can get that.

And if you are here live or watching on the replay, let me know your biggest takeaway, pop the word GOLD down below. And let me know what your biggest aha has been so far in this video.

Okay, my friend, we are coming to the end of our time together. And I want to thank you so much for taking time out of your day to really tune in and join me on this conversation and this quest to help us raise the next generation of content creators.

Before we wrap up, I want to do a very speedy recap, for those of you who may have missed the beginning. Ready, here we go.

If you've ever been frustrated by the amount of time your kids are spending on their digital devices, and it's led to some bickering, or perhaps your kids are frustrated with you because you are spending so much time on your digital devices and that's causing some bickering. In today's video, Part Two of Kids + Content = Magic, we're diving into a simple strategy to bring your kids into your business, and to help them learn how to become content creators.

And the things that we talked about. In this video, we talked about the Teach One, Do one method. In the longer version of this video, you can get all the details on what the Teach One Do Onemethod. But really what it boils down to is, as your kids are learning to become content creators are going to co create with you first. So as you teach something, they're going to do something, you teach something else, they're going to do something else. And going back and forth in this process multiple times, they are going to be able to learn how to do things the way you want them to be done. Because of your kids. They definitely have a vested interest in seeing the business succeed. So it is a win win all around.

As you are teaching your kids to teach one to one, you can also have them be involved into the systemization. So documentation, the processes that you go through in your business, making sure they are documented so that it's available to anyone you bring into your business at a later point.

One of the things that parents often tell me they're concerned about is online safety. In this video, I'm going to talk about how to deal with this topic and how to make the best decision for your family. And we talked about kids as CO-creators. What does that mean? What does that mean for your kids now? What does that mean for their future, which is the most exciting thing.

And of course, I'll share with you, I have a book all about discovering your child's super powers. There are eight ways in which we all live and learn. And knowing how your kid learns best, is going to greatly inform how you include them in your business, and the topics and tasks you're going to have them do on their quest of becoming content creators, independent of you.

Okay, my friend, I am so excited to continue this conversation with you.

Come on over to your favorite platform, make sure you hit that subscribe button, give me some thumbs up some hearts. I would love to see that. Hit that bell on YouTube. If you want to be reminded of my next video. I go live but now on Thursday mornings Pacific time. And if you are watching over on Facebook or on LinkedIn, definitely just put the word Remind Me in the comments under this video. I will for sure circle back around, reach out to you so we can continue the conversation. And you can be reminded of future videos. Because next week we're going to cover part three of Kids + Content = Magic and we're going to talk about ways your kids can help you to monetize your awesome content. Until then my friend go out there today and amplify more of what makes yoh, so awesome. Cheers.

Centralizing Your Awesome Content

Centralizing Your Awesome Content

We’re all digital hoarders.

We have files on our computers, in Dropbox, Google Drive, and scattered across the internet on multiple social media platforms.

We have so much content scattered everywhere that we often don’t know where to find our content when we need it! 

Or worse, we waste time reinventing the wheel by creating new content that replicates content we already have because we’ve forgotten what we’ve already created.

This week, I’ll be sharing how storing your content in one central place has many benefits for both you and your business.

I’m also going to share a tool you can request to help you centralize your awesome content at the end of the video.

To request it and the show notes from today’s video, just pop the word GOLD under this video.

Hi there Amplifier! 

I’m Yong Pratt, the chief content gold miner and podcast host at Amplify Your Awesome. Here at AYA, we help Content Creators organize, systematize, and monetize their awesome content so that they can ditch content chaos and overwhelm for good. We do this using our Content Gold Mining Framework inside our done with programs.

The benefits of storing all your digital assets together

There are a number of benefits to storing all your digital assets together in a central location and they fall into 3 main categories: Access, Time, and Money or as I like to call it your Content ATM

  1. Access

One of the biggest mistakes content creators make is only storing their digital assets in “borrowed” spaces.

Social media is borrowed space, however, the number of people relying on these borrowed spaces is the epitome of “risky business.”

Not only are these spaces borrowed, but access can also be revoked at any time or outages prevent access to your awesome content. Both of these scenarios leave you and your content extremely vulnerable.

Your content belongs to YOU and having a secure location to access every single piece you create in a location YOU own is of utmost importance. 

The easiest way to access all your awesome content is to use a cloud-based solution like Google Drive. That way you can access your content no matter where you are or the device you’re using.

  1. Time

    Wasting time searching for your awesome content can be a HUGE time suck. I’ve gone down this rabbit hole too many times myself and want to save you from this frustrating task.

There’s nothing worse than knowing you created an awesome piece of content, go to search for it, and it’s nowhere to be found 🤦‍♀️

Storing all your digital assets together in a central location ensures that all of your content is easy to find when you need it, saving you and your team time.

For years now, I’ve been using a simple Google Spreadsheet to store all my content and it’s the first thing I have my clients do as well. 

Without fail, my clients cry every time they see all their content in one location. They cannot believe just HOW much they’ve created and this sense of accomplishment goes a long way in helping them understand the value of everything they’ve created.

Once their content is centralized, it becomes easy for them to see the enormous potential their content has especially with regards to monetizing it.

Request a copy of this spreadsheet HERE

DISCLAIMER: In the beginning stages of centralizing your content, you will need to dedicate some time to this process and a great deal of patience will be required. While it’s not a difficult process, it can be a bit tedious.

Just remember that the end result of having all your content centralized is nothing short of amazing and it’s oh, so empowering!

Next week, I’ll share a simple strategy for delegating this task.

  1. Money

    Let’s face it. Creating content takes time. YOUR time (or that of your team) and it’s valuable. So many content creators reinvent the wheel every.single.day.

    They re-create content because it can’t be found or they’ve simply forgotten they created it in the first place.

Being able to see your content in a central location and not having to re-create content you’ve already created frees up space in your schedule to provide additional products or services to your clients.

Once you see all your content in a centralized location, you’ll start to see the enormous potential to turn your content into a money-making machine. – Your Content ATM

How do I store everything in one place?

There are many different ways to store all your digital assets – your awesome content –  together in one central location. 

And the good news is that it’s never been easier.

It’s never been easier to store all your digital content in one place, with many different storage providers that offer cloud storage at incredibly low prices. 

Let me tell you why it’s worth it-no longer will you have to worry about backing up everything because it will be done for you by the company hosting your files, which means less work for you!

When choosing a centralized storage system that works for you, here are 3 things that will help:

  1. Start with what tools ALREADY have 

The number of tools you could use to centralize your content grows almost daily it seems. Make a list of all the tools you already use or have purchased. There’s no need to go searching for that one “perfect” tool. It doesn’t exist.

  1. Choose one ONE tool and stick to it for a minimum of 90-days

    Pick the one tool that’s easiest for you to learn or even better, one tool that you use every day already. For me, that tool is Google Drive.

I spent a great deal of time setting up and learning Trello, Asana, and countless others over the years. Because they weren’t already part of my daily routines, sticking to these new tools was tough.

As a daily user of Google Drive, it made sense for me to centralize all my content there. I can access ALL my content any time I need.

  1. Commit to using the tool regularly by scheduling the task in your calendar.

    No matter which tool you choose, schedule dedicated time each week to add any new content to your central storage location. Set up a recurring task on your Calendar with notifications to remind you to do it. After all, a tool is only good when you use it.

Storing all your content in one location ensures that you have access to all of it anywhere where there’s internet access, making sharing easier and more accessible. It also saves time by minimizing the amount of time spent looking for things or creating duplicate content. 

The best way to fully understand how important storing all your digital assets together is and s? Try it! 

If you’re ready to get started with centralizing your awesome content and want to want to put this Content ATM strategy into place in your business?

Type the word “GOLD” below this video.

If you like this content, be sure to subscribe to my channel and hit the bell so you can be notified of new weekly videos.

Until next time, go out there today and amplify MORE of what makes YOU awesome.

From Marine Corps to Entrepreneur Part 1

From Marine Corps to Entrepreneur Part 1


[0:00] Welcome to Season number five of the Amplify Your Awesome podcast! To celebrate the big day, I have eight jam-packed mini-episodes for you to enjoy.

Our first guest is Todd Ross, who’s gone from Marine Corps and corporate to now helping employees become entrepreneurs.

[1:54] Todd’s backstory and journey to entrepreneurship

[2:21] The 4-letter word Todd had to overcome to make the shift from employee to entrepreneur

[3:47] Who Todd serves helps others transform and increase joy

[5:00] Todd’s #1 [and #2 ] Tips for building a business that stays true to the real you and allows all your awesome to shine through

[6:31] Connect with Todd on his website, ToddVRoss dot com.

[7:31] Don’t miss out on the next episode, where you’ll meet Wendy Guth, who has gone from corporate meeting planner to transformational travel coach.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss Todd’s full-length episode or any tips, tricks, or secrets on building a business based around everything that makes YOU so awesome.

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Season 5 Finale

Season 5 Finale

With 60 episodes, Season 5 of the Amplify Your Awesome Podcast is coming a close.

 

In this solo episode, Yong shares:

 

  • Why Season 5 is ending now
  • What’s on the horizon for Season 6
  • Projects and behind-the-scenes of what’s in store for you in Q4 2021.

Get Season 6 updates, more behind the scenes, and grab Yong’s Content Gold Mining Maps & Audio Series while they’re still free at www.YongPratt.com/maps

 

 


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