You Tube

3 Million and Counting!

When my daughter was twelve months she was a signing machine. She knew over 30 signs and was picking more and more up everyday. We often ran into people who were always amazed to see this little baby signing. Most of them had heard of baby signing but few had actually seen it in real life. After running into countless people who had the same reaction I decided to post a video of my daughter on You Tube. I wanted to show other people what babies are capable of when given the right tools. I never imagined what a positive effect this video would have on so many people. I have had parents, grandparents, speech pathologists, doctors, teachers and professors email me about baby signing. This video is shown in many child development classes across North America. I have had students email me telling me they’ve seen this video in their classes. I love the fact that You Tube exists and that I could share my child’s signing development with so many. And today this video has hit 3 million views! I wanted to share this with you all, the readers of the PTPA blog as you are the best and most support. When my daughter was twelve months she was a signing machine. She knew over 30 signs and was picking more and more up everyday. We often ran into people who were always amazed to see this little baby signing. Most of them had heard of baby signing but few had actually seen it in real life. After running into countless people who had the same reaction I decided to post a video of my daughter on You Tube. I wanted to show other people what babies are capable of when given the right tools. I never imagined what a positive effect this video would have on so many people. I have had parents, grandparents, speech pathologists, doctors, teachers and professors email me about baby signing. This video is shown in many child development classes across North America. I have had students email me telling me they’ve seen this video in their classes. I love the fact that You Tube exists and that I could share my child’s signing development with so many. And today this video has hit 3 million views! I wanted to share this with you all, the readers of the PTPA blog as you are the best and most supportive readers and I know you will share in my excitement of this milestone! I can’t wait to post again when it’s reached 4 million!

The American Pediatric Society just came out with a formal stance that they support the use of baby signing. It is not a fad, it is here to stay and it is a very valid form of communication that is very easy for parents to use! If you can teach your child to wave bye-bye then you can teach them how to sign!
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gSZfW4gVhI&w=480&h=390] Laura Berg
Founder & President
My Smart Hands, ‘educating young minds’
www.mysmarthands.com
@MySmartHands on Twitter

The Secret To MY Success

I am very excited have won the PTPA award and also to be the 2010 SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of the year award winner. When I started my business I hadn’t expected it to reach the size that it has in such a short period of time. My main goal with my business was to provide me with a way to stay at home with my children. It has since grown to another passion of mine. I absolutely love what I do and am happy to see the growth that this ‘baby’ of mine has had over the years.

I have discovered the value in social media as a mom entrepreneur. My first social media find was You Tube. I was able to make videos and post them which quickly made me one of the experts in the filed of baby sign language. Millions of people have literally watched my videos and seen the name My Smart Hands associated with baby sign language. My first video has had over 2.7 million view, my total upload views is over 8 million and I am in the top 50 most viewed Canadian uploaders on You Tube. Then along came Facebook, I started a group and this continued with my interaction with other people that are interested in signing with children. Then finally came Twitter, I have been slow at getting on to Twitter but have quickly realized the networking it provides.

As an entrepreneur it is imperative that you take advantage of these social tools available to you. See how you can utilize those tools to help grow your business. Remember when you are using these outlets that they aren’t for ‘selling’ your products but for building relationships. You’ll
build relationships in your online community of your potential customers or with other entrepreneurs that will happily support you and your brand if they have a sense of familiarity with you.

I am so honored to have received two amazing awards back to back. As a Mom entrepreneur I am excited for my hard work to be recognized by both the people who voted for me; and the evaluators that bestowed the PTPA award on my baby sign language program.