Why Podcasters and Livestreamers Should Use “Interview Agreements”

Do you interview guests on live video or podcasts? Are you using a pre-interview Agreement?

On this week’s episode of the LegalHour.live, my co-host and fellow attorney, Joey Vitale, and I explained why you need to use pre-interview agreements and also the exact clauses you should include in your agreements.

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Show Notes:

Podcast and Livevideo Pre-Interview Agreement Clauses:

1. Identify parties to the agreement.
2. Scope and nature of show.
3. Live, recording and repurposing rights.
4. Promotion and marketing rights.
5. Revenue and distribution rights.
6. Dispute resolution and venue

We know this stuff is complicated. Reach out to Joey or yours truly with any questions. Also, please share this episode if you found it useful. The direct link for the recorded show is here.

Legal Issues When Recording Conversations, Live Videos and Podcasts

Can you legally monitor (listen in) or record someone else during a telephone call, podcast or live video show? I share my thoughts, and tips, in the above 2 minute video.

My advice for my fellow livestreamers is to always get the express permission of your guest(s) to record and use the podcast or live video conversation. Sure, you can always argue that it was implied that you had permission to record the private or public interview or conversation but written permission (text or email confirmation) is the best way to document consent, especially in a two-party state.

After watching this video, see if you know the answer to the following question: “You are in California and you interview a guest located in New York on your podcast or live video show. Do the laws of a one-party or two-party state apply?”

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Fake News, Adobe VoCo and Authenticating Evidence

“The Secrets To Marketing and Automating Your Law Practice: A Lawyers Guide To Creating Systems, Getting Clients, and Becoming A Legal Rainmaker.”

I’m honored to have written Chapter 12, “13 Ways Lawyers Can Repurpose Content on Social Media” in this new book by David M. Britton, CEO of PracticePanther. It’s titled, “The Secrets To Marketing & Automating Your Law Practice: A Lawyers Guide To Creating Systems, Getting Clients, & Becoming A Legal Rainmaker.”

While every chapter provides massive real-world value, my two favorites are by contributing friends and experts, Nicole Abboud of AbboudMedia (“Branding Bootcamp 101”) and Nick Rishwain of Experts.com (“Multi-Platform Publishing & Scheduling”).

Welcome to The Legal Hour Live Video Show! [Wednesdays at 2 pm ET]

Our first episode of the new live video show, the LegalHour.live, was a huge success. This week’s topic was:

Can you trademark a popular hashtag like #MeToo #Covfefe or #NeverAgain? How about an original hashtag you created just for your business? (click here to watch this weeks recorded show).

During each episode of the LegalHour.live, creative and IP lawyer Joey Vitale and I share thirty-six years of combined legal experience to answer trending legal business questions. Our goal each week is to add massive value to you, your business and the social media community.

Please share this new weekly live video show with your family and friends. Join Mitch and Joey each week, right here, at the LegalHour.live  #legalhour

7 Awful, But Common, Excuses for Avoiding Live Video (Guest Post)

I can find a reason to NOT do almost anything if I turn my mind to it, and live video is no exception.

However, if you’re going to avoid such a powerful marketing tool in your practice, then at least come up with some decent excuses. The ones I’m hearing these days aren’t very good at all.

The truth is that live video is an amazing opportunity to connect with your current and future clients in a real, personal way. This is because people get to see a bit of the real you. Done right, it build trust and confidence in you as a person and as a lawyer (not that the two are incompatible with each other…)

Here are my top 7 out of many bad reasons that lawyers want to stay away from live video.

It’s Not Professional

Let’s punch this one right in the face, because it’s the most common excuse I hear.

Normally it’s followed closely by me asking “what’s professional mean?”.

Often it turns out that “professional” in the mind of the other participant is a synonym for “high production value videos” which, of course, isn’t true. They think that every video needs to be a Spielberg blockbuster.

While the video-slash-movie approach for lawyers is coming along nicely, there are still a vast number of train wrecks out there produced by people who think that “professional” means a dull sound track, suit and tie, law books in the background, and an earnest discussion about “rights” and how they can go about protecting yours.

The problem is in the process. You hire a film crew, get big lights, and all of a sudden find yourself in a weirdly alien environment that you’re not comfortable in. In addition, a heap is riding on this because you’ve now invested a bucket of money into the process. As a result, many lawyers kind of freak out.

The resulting wooden, scared looking videos are rarely worth the money that was invested in them.

But at least they’re “professional”…

I Might Make a Mistake

If you replace “might” with “will” then this is completely accurate.

Continue reading “7 Awful, But Common, Excuses for Avoiding Live Video (Guest Post)”

What’s Your ‘Why’ on Social Media?

Towards the end of 2017 I shared this little rant with my LegalMinds Mastermind. Today, I’m sharing it with you.

I believe there’s a right and wrong way to build your social media brand and business. This is especially true if you’re a professional.

With this in mind, this video shares one of the most important messages I’ve posted in years. I hope my short rant will help you find success in 2018!

If you’re interested, here’s a bit more about my LegalMinds Mastermind

I created my cutting-edge mastermind community for professionals. It’s a global community that revolves around giving and helping others. At the same time, it’s designed to show members how to embrace and tap into the power of social media to expand their brand and top-of-mind awareness from local to global.

Depending on the membership plan you select, members get:

  • Private Consulting
  • Private 24/7 membership website
  • Exclusive email updates and content on practice development and entrepreneural digital tips, approaches and news
  • Weekly Live Video Conference (group) for all members with Q&A (recorded for 24/7 viewing)
  • Private 24/7 Facebook Group updates, resources, and networking
  • Immediate access to all content
  • Immediate membership in a trusted global community
  • Legal and business networking
  • Ongoing accountability and much more!

    If you’d like to learn more about my LegalMinds Mastermind, click here.