How to add a profile video

Adding a video introduction to your profile

A profile video is a great way to introduce yourself to members of the network, while showing off your personality and what you're passionate about. Sometimes, it's easier to show others who you are with video and your own voice, rather than written text (in which tone can be lost). 

To add a profile video, go to your profile and click the pencil edit icon: 

Then, scroll to the Profile Video field and paste the YouTube URL for your profile video:

Not sure what to say in your video?Read our tips below:

Think of your profile video as your Elevator Pitch (sometimes called elevator speech). An elevator pitch is a concise, but compelling introduction of yourself and your experience or background that can be communicated in the amount of time that it takes for a short elevator ride (usually around 30 seconds).

Whether you're still in school, an entry-level employee, or a seasoned industry veteran, you should have your elevator pitch polished and ready to go at a moment's notice – because you never know when you'll meet someone who can help you.

If you only had 30-60 seconds to talk about yourself and make your case to an investor, CEO, or hiring manager of a company, what would you say to persuade them to take an interest in you? 

At the heart of an elevator pitch is the answer to 3 questions:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you do?
  • What do you want to do?

To help answer those questions effectively, follow these 3 tips: 

  1. Write down your accomplishments, goals, passions, skills, and then rank them by the order that you think is the most compelling. If your elevator pitch gets cut short, what would you want the person to walk away remembering?
  2. Be persuasive! Include an interesting or surprising fact that will spark the person's interest in you, your idea, your organization, or your background. Another way of thinking about it: what makes you or your idea unique?
  3. Practice, practice, practice! Once you've written your elevator pitch, practice and recite it until it comes naturally and sounds conversational.

When your pitch is polished and ready to go, it's time to record it and upload it to YouTube so that you can add it to your Wisr profile. Here's how you do it:

First, record your pitch using any recording software that you may have on your computer or phone. For example, you might use a built-in recording app such as QuickTime Player or iMovie. If you don’t have either you can easily find a free alternative on the internet. 

Once you have an app ready to go, record your video and save it to your device. Now you can go onto YouTube to upload it online. You should create a YouTube account first if you don’t have one. After you do that, it’s time to upload. Go to the YouTube home page and look at the top right corner of your screen. There should be an icon of a camera with a plus symbol on it. Click on it, then click “Upload Video.”

Upon reaching the next page, you can select a file from your computer to upload. If you don’t want the video to be public, click the drop down list and select “unlisted.” This way, only people with the link to your video in Wisr will be able to see it. 

While the video is uploading, feel free to add a description and tags. When it finishes uploading, you can now paste the video URL into your Wisr profile, following the instructions at the beginning of this article.

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