Five Steps to Leave a World-Class TAYA Legacy

Posted December 1, 2022 in
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Devon McCarty

Driven Communicator | Leadership, Sales & Marketing Coach

Earlier this week I was curious to know where some of you were going to work next year.

It ran on the long side so I broke it in half to give you some time to read, digest, and knock out the reflection exercise at the end.

If you missed it, it would be worth your time to give that a quick glance or two, and definitely do the reflection exercise.

If you're back, let's dive into the five steps you can take to leave a world-class They Ask, You Answer legacy behind you.   

Five Steps to Leave a World-Class TAYA Legacy

     1) Finalize Your Final Projects
Start this party by looking at your content calendar and grouping your projects into ones you need to finish and ones you need to pass off to the next videographer.

If you've already got a job offer or know the timeline of your exit, it's a lot easier to scope out your project workload. Regardless of the timetable, a best practice would be to finish the projects you've shot and start editing since the vision is already so clear in your mind.

If you're in some crazy high-production company where that's not possible, consider your own version of finishing your expected project workload, but do your part to set the next editor up.

Think of the outlines and scripts you can prepare in advance or other projects you can scope out to help the company continue its momentum while they work through the transition.

     2) Talk to Your Team

With an end date in sight and an organized content calendar, your next step is to brief your team.

Depending on your state of mind or status within the company at the time of your exit, this conversation could go a number of different ways, but it must happen.
Be clear, calm, and radically candid in your communication.

This conversation isn't meant for you to tell your former company why you feel they failed you. It's meant to help everyone remember where you started, what you all achieved together, and how to prepare for the future.

See why I had you do that reflection exercise? 😉

Taking the emotion out of it is going to be difficult, especially if you've got a few years under your belt. But at the end of the day, if you've decided you're ready to move on, then you're not the best fit to work for that company anymore anyway.

The main goal for that conversation is to get everyone on the same page with the remaining time that you have left with the company and the outstanding boxes that needed to be checked before you ride off into the sunset.

The clearer you can be with the scope of work and the timeline to complete it, the better off everyone will be.
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     3) Organize Your Body of Work

Your next step toward building your TAYA Legacy is to account for, clean, and organize your assets.

Between your computer, your external hard drives, and online storage it could be near impossible for someone to find what they're looking to use in a project.

Between your desk, your car, and wherever you hang your hat, it could be easy to lose track of a few pieces of gear and equipment along the way. Especially if you've been working in a remote/hybrid type of job capacity.

That's why it's so crucial to take dedicated time to hunt down, clean up, and spell out what you have, where it is, and what (if anything) needs to happen with it next.

Quick Organization List:

  • Workstation 
    • Clean up your computer desktop
    • Run searches for any files that could be buried
    • Go through your desk/bags/car for any documents / sd cards / gear
    • Check your company communication portals or intranets for any assets that should be moved/deleted 
      • (i.e. Slack / Teams / internal server / online storage ) 
    • Identify any logins/passwords for software that you've been using
      • (i.e. / / Envato / YouTube / Storyblocks) 
  • Hard drives. 
    • Delete any of your bad/useless footage.
    • Ensure your files and folders are titled properly 
    • Gather/transfer your project assets to as few drives/locations as possible
    • Account for anything living in "cold storage" or saved to other archived locations 
  • Equipment   
    • Account for every piece of equipment
    • Clean / label every piece of equipment 
    • Identify any equipment that needs to be replaced
    • Identify any equipment that should be ordered 
Just a few areas to get you started but give it some thought. If YOU were stepping into a new organization to take over for a videographer, what would you hope to see? What would you expect them to forget about? 

The list above should get your juices flowing but definitely add to it! 
     4) Create Onboarding Videos

If I had to pick a favorite step to leave a great TAYA Legacy'd be this one. Hands down.

You're the best possible person to introduce someone into this world. You've lived it, you've fought for it, and you should be stoked that someone else is going to come in and take it into the future.

An absolute best practice is to create a series of onboarding videos for the next person to watch.

The screenshot below is taken from one of many onboarding videos made by the now-former videographer at J Designs Pool and Spa, based out of California. They specialize in creating luxury pool designs that transform homeowners back yards into the resort destination of their dreams.

The videos don't have to have the same level of polish and production as your typical projects. All you need to do is help the next videographer understand what they're walking into.

Using 1:1 video creation tools like Soapbox, Vidyard, or Loom will give you the ability to quickly share your screen and start showing people around the world you've created.

When you're done with your series of videos, organize them in a simple document to help the next person come and start watching.

This thing doesn't have to be a polished PDF document with all types of graphics and branding. It just simply needs to help the next person understand the road already traveled.

A Few Types of Onboarding Videos: 
  • Overview of the types of videos you're making at your company 
  • Overview of your workflow 
  • Overview of your project templates
  • Overview of all your hard drives, files, and folders
  • Overview of gear and equipment 
  • Overview of your tech stack 
  • Any takeaways or lessons learned 
  • Welcome video for the new videographer 
The sky and your timeline are the limits for what you're able to accomplish here but this is a great time to remember that you most likely didn't have jack squat for your specific onboarding...

Think of the hours you could've saved if you had all these assets at your disposal. So for sure, your manager could hear you want to roll out and just fire you on the spot about a knee-jerk reaction.

That's why it's critical to come prepared with where you were, where you are, and your plan to set them up for the future.

You're offering to help expedite the onboarding of their next videographer which is more than most of us had when we started with our companies for the first time.

Which leads us perfectly into our final step.
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     5) Reinforce the Bridge 

Of all the ways you can quit your job the wrong way, none shine as bright as this method in a very NSFW clip from the movie Half Baked (Disclaimer: do not watch if you don't like swear words or fast-food-based aggression).

What does that type of energy accomplish? Sure it's funny to watch but obviously young Scarface there is going to have a really tough time finding a new job in the 2023 marketplace.

Think back to your reflection exercise. Think of all you accomplished.

One of the best ways you can leave your job is by doing so with the intent to reinforce the bridge, not burn it.

Go hard on those onboarding videos and think of any other last-minute projects that could help your company out while they hunt for the new candidate and your hourglass runs out of sand.

Do your part to ensure you've done everything you can to set the company up for success before you leave and when you do, stay available for contact if they need you.

In the months that follow, as they hire the next videographer, there might be an issue with equipment or a question about a project that you could quickly answer for them.

Maybe it's a text, maybe it's an email, but there's great power in staying available to your old company as they transition to the next chapter in their video strategy.

The more you can really demonstrate your willingness to do everything you can to set them up for success, the better equipped you'll be to confidently charge into the next chapter of your life.

Let's Land This Plane

This process isn't for everyone. I get that. 

But for those of you that stuck with it, gave it some thought, and really dug into the stories I shared in this two-part post...odds are you already have the vision in your head.

All that's left is to get after it! 

I wish all of you the absolute best as you chart your courses through your lives. 

Have a great rest of the year! 
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David Castle
Thank you, Devon, This was a very insightful post and for me, the thought-provoking sharing of your experiences is something I found myself applying to areas of my past career changes and relationships and what they might have looked like if I had the ideas you have shared here at those times. Well Done Sir.
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Devon McCarty
I appreciate that feedback,  David Castle !

It's all about leaving things better than we found it, and doing our part to help everyone succeed. 

Have a great weekend, my friend. 
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David Castle
Devon McCarty  Likewise Devon, get out and enjoy nature before it's frozen :-)
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