performance, mindset, filming

011: Vanessa Smith on Using Live Video To Connect


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Vanessa Smith

Vanessa Smith is a certified coach and creator of the Find Your Fierce program. After watching too many women get stuck before they got started, she decided to help them better access their intuition in the most strategic, practical, and fun way possible. She LOVES being on video, making a positive impact with her clients and the world, and talking about homemade marshmallows, as well as other topics that matter.



Tors Grantham

Tors is a television professional, who studied all aspects of television production before launching her career spanning almost a decade. She's worked with a BAFTA nominated production team, has her own entry on, and has even walked the red carpet several (terrifying) times.

She's had chips thrown at her by David Tennant (it was an accident, he's got terrible aim), she's interviewed some amazing actresses, and she attended the cast and crew screening of Empire Strikes Back at the grand old age of four. 

Now she lives in south Wales with a large dog and a small cat, where she uses the knowledge she gained in her television years and beyond, to help online biz owners step in front of the camera and connect with their audience.


In this episode

I had an amazing chat with Vanessa Smith about how she's used live video in a previous business, and how she's planning on incorporating it into her coaching business.

Her insights into the mindset required, the innovative content ideas, and the deep underlying belief she has that connection is the most important thing made this a dream convo. 

Take a listen to hear what she had to say about using live video to create a genuine connection with your audience.

Topics Discussed

  • Using live video to connect

  • 6 ways Vanessa used live video

    • behind the scenes

    • audience participation in customer decisions

    • teasing new inventory

    • selling before product is available in the shop

    • engagement focused weekly session not biz related

    • incentivising engagement

  • Vulnerability around video

  • How she’s planning to use live video as a coach

  • Following your dreams & having a positive influence

  • Mindset shifts

Vanessa said

"If you mess up it feels more like there’s an audience with you and you can turn that mistake into an opportunity for further connection." - Vanessa Smith on #videomatterspodcast

"People really love to participate, they love to be asked questions and feel valued, and to also feel like they’re not just buying something from you but are making a difference in your business by participating." - Vanessa Smith on #videomatterspodcast

"It was really cool to watch the conversations not just connecting me and the person, but connecting that person with other people, so it created this strong sense of community." - Vanessa Smith on #videomatterspodcast

"Push your edge of fear, be willing to be open, because what’s the worse thing that can happen? You fail, you’re not going to die." - Vanessa Smith on #videomatterspodcast

"It’s not about my self-worth any more, it’s about empowering others to develop their sense of self-worth." - Vanessa Smith on #videomatterspodcast

"The more comfortable I became on video, and interacting with people on video, the more I became comfortable in real-time with them." - Vanessa Smith on #videomatterspodcast

"We don’t want perfect looking people with the perfect monologue, we want real, down-to-earth people that mess up, but have something important to share and give off a good vibe." - Vanessa Smith on #videomatterspodcast

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Ever thought about all the cool ways you could use live video for your business? In this episode of the #videomatterspodcast, I talk to Vanessa Smith who's used live video in a few different, and very interesting ways!