Do you want to create a video for the PI Success Stories Contest, but you are not quite sure where to start? If so, not to worry! Here are some tips and helpful hints for you as you get started on your video.

Choose a Project
First, think about a performance improvement initiative or intervention you implemented for your organization or a client. It could be a recent one or one you are particularly proud of. The intervention could be any size–from a large-scale initiative that affected an entire department or organization to a smaller intervention geared toward a specific campaign or project. You will want to give enough details so that someone not familiar with the multidisciplinary practice of performance improvement can see how the techniques you used made a difference.

Use the Problem to Tell the StoryNext, think about the problem the intervention is attempting to fix or improve. What was happening versus what should have been happening? Perhaps you could have your client share what was not working and why your client was seeking the help of a performance improvement strategist. What were the factors that the intervention needed to correct to address the performance issue?

Choose Effective Visuals
Make your video stand out by including interesting visual elements. Some things to consider include:

  • Incorporating one-on-one interviews
  • Showcasing multiple perspectives, including your perspective and that of your client or end-user
  • Featuring a still or moving video of your client’s workplace, especially if it is unique
  • Using an interesting or appropriate backdrop, such as the client’s workplace or another relevant location (for example, if your client works in environmental protection, you might film near a green space or nearby park)

Wrap It Up in One Nice Package
To conclude, explain the intervention that you–or your team–created and enacted to address the performance issue at hand. What strategies or techniques did you use? How was it implemented? What would have happened if the problem had not been addressed in this way? Then, share the results of the intervention. What measureable differences resulted from the performance improvement intervention? What intangible or anecdotal improvements did you see? Were there any additional lessons learned? Mention percentages and statistics to highlight the intervention’s success.

Get Started
Once you know the story you want to tell, start recording. Videos should be 2-5 minutes in length. You can use a webcam, a digital camera, or your cell phone camera. If you want to try editing your video, there are plenty of free, easy-to-use editing software and apps out there like Microsoft Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. And if you have access to higher quality equipment, that is great, too–but not necessary. Have fun with it! We encourage creativity and flair to make your video stand out.

Want to see a PI Success Stories example? Watch this video by Innovative Learning Group.

Once you are done recording, share your video on ISPI Collaborate in the PI Exchange library folder “PI Stories.” Find directions for uploading your file here. Be sure to sign and return the PI Success Stories waiver as well when you upload your video.

And you are all done! Be sure you watch the other videos posted. Everyone is invited to vote on and discuss the videos submitted by all participants.

Submit your video by December 31 for your chance to win prizes. The top five scoring videos will receive a $200 American Express gift card and acknowledgment in a national press release, and will be shown in a general session at the 2013 THE Performance Improvement Conference. Also, the first 10 video entries will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Learn more and get started on your video today!