I waste a lot of time on YouTube, watching videos like old Whose Line Is It Anyway? skits (warning: time sink!) and Gnarls Barkley played on the theremin. But YouTube isn’t just a place to goof around. There’s a lot of useful stuff there, too, including videos on personal finance and self-improvement. I’ve already shared Michael Fischer’s series on Saving and Investing. I’ve recently begun to unearth other useful personal finance videos:
- Michelle, The Wall Street Geek, has a friendly, engaging style as she takes a look at various stock market topics. She uses stories to make financial concepts easier to understand. Episodes include:
- The Wall Street Geek explains when to buy stocks
- The Wall Street Geek explains stock analysis
- The Wall Street Geek on profiting using little money
- The Wall Street Geek on profiting with pennies
- The Wall Street Geek on financial markets
Michelle hasn’t posted in a couple of months; I’m hoping that she’s merely taking an extended summer vacation.
- BetterLifeCoaches offers short videos that tackle individual topics quickly. These are professionally-produced clips featuring top-name experts.
- Daniel Pink: Help! My resume has too many jobs!
- Keith Ferrazzi: How can I be more outgoing?
- Stephen Covey: Goals and priorities
- Harvey Mackay: Overcoming obstacles
- Brian Tracy: If you could achieve one goal in 24 hours
- Les Brown: Why people fail
- Jack Canfield: Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want
- Terry Savage: How can my spouse and I resolve money issues?
- David Batstone: I’m in a soul-deadening job
- Jim Rohn: How to avoid being broke and stupid
I could watch these bite-sized motivational videos for hours.
- David Pogue from The New York Times has a series of videos offering how-to tips and product reviews. For example, have you ever wondered if noise-canceling headphones actually work? I have. Pogue reviews them to find out. He also has advice about converting video tapes to DVD, using the iPhone, and more.
- Scam Expert offers advice on how to avoid scams and identity theft.
- Several months ago, Consumer Affairs posted a series of videos wih warnings about credit counseling, extended warranties, and on-line scams.
- Wall Street Training Self-Study has a series of videos designed to help train future investment banking employees. They make my eyes glaze over, but you might find them interesting.
- Meanwhile, The Consumerist has an entire category at their site devoted to the YouTube videos. As you might expect, they find and post clips that expose the scammy side of business.
I’d love to find more video series like these at YouTube (or at Google Video). If you know any, please drop me a line.
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