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CHERET Calling the Roll

Calling the roll

Here’s the “Team CHERET” filmmaking workflow when the set is prepared and everyone is ready for action. A lot of you may think that this is totally overkill but it is how I’ve been doing it on set for the last 7 years on 375+ film productions with 50+ productions per year and counting. And I follow this basic chain of calls on set even if I’m filming all by myself. It’s a built in checklist so nothing goes south during a production. Need I mention that the rest of the filmmaking industry is almost on the same standard?

So here goes:

The 1st Assistant Director is “calling the roll” as follows
  1. Final checks, please.” Signal for any last minute adjustments, especially to hair, makeup, wardrobe and props.
  2. Optional: “Picture is up!” followed by “Quiet please!” to alert everyone that the take is ready and imminent.
  3. Roll sound.” The Sound Department will roll first. After a second or two, the sound recordist will confirm that the recording equipment is running at the correct speed and is indeed recording by calling “Sound Speed.
  4. Roll camera.” The Camera Operators or 1st Assistant Cameras will roll their camera, and immediately after their camera is confirmed as running at the correct speed and indeed recording, will confirm “ Speed”.
  5. Knowing that all cameras on set are indeed rolling, the 1st AD will call “Marker”. Hearing this, the 2nd Assistant Camera will show the slate (“clapperboard”) to all cameras and  will call out the “Scene” and “Take” numbers so that these details are on the recording. E.g.: Scene 1. Take 1A. Mark.” Immediately after calling “Mark” they will audibly clap the two sticks of the slate together to make a synchronisation point for audio (the sound of the clapper) and picture (the two parts of the clapper being seen to come together). However, if the slate was not visible in the frame or the sticks were too soft, Camera Operators may call for “Second Sticks” and the 2nd Assistant Camera will fully mark the scene a second time e.g. Scene 1. Take 1A. Mark.”. With the slate quickly taken out of shot, and the camera refocused or repointed as necessary for the opening framing, the Camera Operators call “ Set” to indicate that all is ready to capture the action.
  6. Action!” Sets the entire scene in motion. Capturing music videos the playback or click typically is started first and the actors get their cues from the click/playback
  7. Only the Director or 1st Assistant Director calls “Cut”, but Camera Operators may also “Cut” to save storage space if they know the take is unusable. The Operator may also call “Cut” if the camera has “rolled out”, i.e. run out of storage. The Operator will not cut if there are other cameras still rolling or an interruption would ruin the actor’s focus.
  8. After the Director/1st AD has called “Cut,” the 1st AD will check whether the Director is happy with the take, and conclude the roll with a direction like “that’s a Take Two” if another take is required. If the Director does not want another take, the 1st AD will call “Check the Gate” (a signal for 1st Assistant Cameras or Camera Operators to confirm that the camera has not malfunctioned during a take, and that there is no hair or fluff in the aperture (“gate”) or on the sensor where the film is exposed). When the camera has been checked, the call from the 1st Assistant Cameras or Camera Operators will be “Clear gate!“. Then, if that set up is complete, the 1st AD may call “Moving on” or “Next set up.” These announcements cue all departments and the ADs on set as to the next steps they must take. For example, “reset” and/or “back to one” may require a reset of elements in the frame.
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Shape your elevator pitch (Networking Series Part 5)

Your elevator pitch, that is the way you’re introducing yourself, should be something you’re working on constantly.

Elevator pitch

One of the most important ways to brand yourself and let people know what you do is your elevator pitch. So how do you make sure you can get your message across the right way? How can you start raking in those requests to be hired by the right people you can help best? Here’s my take on it: Use every networking opportunity as a testing field. Introduce yourself in different ways each time! That will tell you, what resonates best with people.

Improve your introduction

When I started networking, I was very shy and holding back a lot and didn’t really know how to make a good introduction. I was caught up in my world of technical terms and the things I surround myself with on a daily basis. Here’s what my first elevator pitch may have sounded like:

My name is Mark and I’m really into Google Analytics, WordPress and Photoshop. I constantly keep up with changes and improvements that come out. I’m in knee deep with this internet stuff. Also: esthetics! Helvetica Neue is just a blessing, don’t you think?!

That definitely made me come across as a tech nerd but not as someone you would hire to solve your technical issue or even involve me as a technical co-founder. Over the course of many of those early introductions and people not really being interested in my business, I’ve realized that something needed to change!

Shake it up!

I began experimenting a bit and changed the perspective. I no longer told people about the technologies I  used or how much research I did on technical issues. I’ve started to use examples of how I solved a problem and that I could help a business out. Here’s what the elevator pitch changed to:

Hi I’m Mark and I use state of the art tech to help your business understand who your potential clientele is and how to market to them. In my last project the business owner thought he would attract males 40+. Using analytics data we realized the true potential lied with an audience of mixed genders aged 21+.

So this really gave everyone a perspective on how they could involve me to solve their specific problem. It made me relatable. However it locked the perception of me in to the example I was using. With this intro everyone thought I can help them identify their target audience for their website and how to market to them. Which is such a small bandwidth of opportunities.

Broader, personal and wow!

Fast forward to now and I make it sound broader, a bit bigger and I also throw in a bit of a mystery and open endedness:

I’m Mark. And I call myself “visual storyteller”. I do digital projects for the Global 500 for a living.

If the person I’m talking to is even only slightly interested, they might be intrigued by “visual storyteller” or by the types of clients I serve. Whatever it may be, it really gets the conversation off the ground as soon as people start asking questions. And if you ask me, this is how a good elevator pitch should be constructed! It should serve as a conversation starter that puts you into a well enough defined position. I’ve refined it over 3 years by constantly changing the perspective, the words, the length and everything you could think of. Including different forms of addressing people.

Shape your intro

Keeping your elevator pitch intriguing and a slight bit open ended tasks you with developing the skill. That is an acquired trait if you ask me. It will develop over the course of time. The more often you practice with real people, the quicker you will be in finding a very good introduction of yourself that leads to at least a meaningful conversation, a meeting or in the best case a new client for life.

Mark Cheret: branding through events

Branding through events (Networking Part 4)

The types of events you attend shape your personal branding.

Events overload

I know you’re part of at least one group that has something to do with networking. And you also get asked a lot to attend major or minor events. It sometimes feels overwhelming and you can’t decide which events to attend. I’ll give you this tool to make a quick yet informed decision of which of all the events will really be the productive one for you.

At the beginning of my networking career, you could find me on so many different events. I couldn’t even count how many events I’ve attended, who invited me, and what type of people I have met there. My lack of focus became very obvious when someone commented on Facebook: “Mark is everywhere.” I know they did mean well. Still it opened my eyes to one thing: I didn’t want to brand myself as the jack-of-all-trades you meet everywhere. That simply is not the message I wanted to convey.

Branding in focus

So I decided to take control of the matter at hand. As an immediate measure I drastically wanted to reduce the number of events I would attend. After that I carefully selected which events I should go to. To help me decide I’ve set up this checklist. Feel free to make it your own. These are just my thoughts and priorities.

  • What type of event is it? It should be primarily networking focused.
  • Who will I meet there? I wanted to see sought after thought leaders while also reconnecting with people I already knew.
  • What is it all about? Forums of forward thinking folks. No lamenting about the past. No club centered talks all the time.
  • Business aspect? Is it going to help my business out?

Looking at this list it should be quite easy to check if an event fits your bill and the quality you’re after. I wanted to brand myself as a forward thinking businessman with an understanding of global issues and a solution based thinking using technology. So I’ve checked every invitation coming my way if it did have anything to do with the kind of branding I was after. Over time I got connected to many of the people occupying these spaces. And that at an accelerated pace when comparing it to my previous period of aimlessly attending each and every event. People around me now know I’m not a jack-of-all-trades but you can find me leaning towards the entrepreneurial / startup / tech kind of events rather than a political gathering or a panel discussion.

Events shape your brand

My point is: The events you attend will undoubtedly shape your brand. The kinds of people you meet at those events are often your future connections and therefore play an influential role in your future network. The message you send through attending an event is that you can identify with the topic and you have some kind of relationship with it. An even stronger message you can send to brand yourself through events is by giving a talk! You may have noticed that I sometimes use the words brand, network, connection and event only loosely based on their original meaning and I hope to still bring my point across.

Thank you so much for taking your time reading this. I sure hope it will be useful in shaping your brand and network looking forward. You should follow me on twitter here.

bring value first. CHERET networking series

Bring value first (Networking Part 3)

Bring value to your network first the rest will come later.

Have you built your valuable and strong network already? If so, you know that seeking to bring value to your network first will make the key difference. People experienced in networking will mostly concur. I’ll list different ways of contributing value to your network in just a second.

Contribute according to your abilities

People generally want to improve upon their current status. If you can help them in any way, you’re just destined to do that. For you it may be easy things to do. For someone else it might seem absolutely impossible. Helping someone get off the ground in any sense of the meaning will leave a lasting and positive impression. Human nature is programmed wanting to return a favour. Set yourself up so that you’re the first who gets a favour returned.

Don’t make it a strategy

I don’t mean that in a dependency relationship kind of way. Absolutely not! I’m just convinced that giving first will also make you the first to receive. That doesn’t have anything to do with just throwing away your money or donating all of your time to every charity that may cross your path or paying everyone their bus ticket! Of course you have to choose wisely on whom you’re going to help out. But don’t overdo it with tactics. Just be kind, will you? It will come back to you when you least expect it. And here’s a catch: You shouldn’t expect it anyway!

Ways to bring value to your network

So here are some ways to bring value to your network. Feel free to contribute in the comments!

  • Just be there. Merely being present at a meeting or event and thus interacting with people will make you aware of someone’s needs.
  • Tune in on “Channel Opportunity.” Not every chance to contribute will bluntly cross your path. Often times the golden opportunities are the ones hidden a few layers deep.
  • Take the lead. If you’re a natural leader or someone burning for a certain topic, don’t be afraid to take the lead. It’s not always the easiest thing to do and yes, you can make mistakes along the way. People will be thankful, though, if someone took it upon them to get things moving and make things happen! That’s where you can fill the spot and take the leadership role on this matter.
  • Be communicative. If something you don’t approve of keeps happening, talk about it gently and get it off your chest. It just hurts if you talk behind people`s backs. Your mentioning something can be the tipping point someone’s secretly been waiting for to get out of their heads as well. They were just biting their lips all the time.
  • Pass your knowledge along. If it’s called for, you can contribute by sharing your insights. Give a talk / keynote speech.
  • Involve others. George tells you about his need. You know Mary who can help George out? Involve Mary after you’ve asked George permission to do so. It will reflect positively on you for both George and Mary!
  • Make things happen. Sometimes you’re the only way for someone to get their stuff in order. I’ve had this happen a number of times. A business quickly needed some good marketing materials and I had free spots on my schedule to create and ship them in time. Making things happen helped me and their business out.

Please contribute

This is just a short list of things you can contribute to your network straight away without too much thinking. If you have any further thoughts on this, don’t hesitate to put them in the comments or reach out on my social profiles!

Thanks for reading this, it’s my pleasure to bring this to you!
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a thorough goodbye is an unexpected yet powerful networking tool

Say goodbye to everyone (Networking Part 2)

Now here’s one networking advice I can give you. I’ve had countless opportunities through this seemingly small but impactful gesture. On the surface it’s quite simple: Always say goodbye to everyone when you’re leaving an event! And I know that it’s more complicated than that. Give me a moment to explain, though. It will become essential in your networking toolkit.

Everyone’s so busy

So you’ve been at this busy event and you only knew half of the people there. Everyone was just chatting away having a good time networking. You only had the opportunity to briefly introduce yourself or your business but you didn’t seem to connect to anyone present on a deeper level. I’ve left many events feeling the same until I started to say goodbye to everyone. Not a general “bye, folks” or something but rather at least a brief personal “Good bye, Gina. It’s nice to see you. When will we meet again?” You won’t believe how many people then wanted to get my business card, remembering my short introduction. Try it yourself and you’ll see. I know it works more often than not and I’ll tell you why.

Brains’ work

When you first introduce yourself or your business during an event, people’s brains need some time to process and “categorise”. That’s also why some conversations seem to lead you nowhere. Give them some time to process! If they recognise you at the end of the meeting that’s proof that they’ve made a connection. Whatever that may be. Either you or your story were interesting enough that you kind of stuck or they think your business or what you do can contribute to anything they might need.

 

Make it a point and reserve the time to say goodbye. That also means you need to prepare yourself. So rather than leaving in a rush, try to anticipate how long it’s going to take to make the round and plan accordingly. You may want to think that you don’t need to do that and say goodbye to every single person, since you didn’t even get the chance to talk to some of the people present. Here’s what’s unexpected, though.

 

Bob may have really liked your introduction and immediately understood what you’re all about. He may also know Sarah who you haven’t talked to. Now Bob knows what Sarah’s business currently needs, because it came up in previous conversations. So Bob tells Sarah that you’re her contact for this. It may not have been possible for Bob to introduce you in person because you were engaged in a conversation. So, all Bob could do was point his finger at you or described you. And Sarah then got caught up in other conversations she prioritised. But she won’t forget her business needs some help any you’re her contact.

A thorough goodbye

If you take your time and thoroughly say goodbye to everyone, Sarah may recognise you from Bob’s description. She will remember and talk to you about an upcoming project. That’s how you can directly make a meaningful connection. Sarah already knows you can help her, even though you may not have directly spoken to her. Only through taking your time to say goodbye was it possible for you to connect on a very positive note.

 

I know at larger events you can’t connect to every single person and you have to prioritise. That’s all fine. You can try and make one last quick round. You have your good instincts. If your gut tells you someone could be of value, go to them and tell them you’re leaving. If they want to connect, it will happen!

Please, if you haven’t already: Put this to a test and share your experience with me!
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network strength

Network strength (Networking Part 1)

Your network strength is directly proportional to your contribution to it.

I will go into more detail on how you can contribute to your network in coming articles on networking. But first I think it’s best to give you some thoughts on why I think your network is only as strong as your contribution to it. For the sake of simplicity, in this piece I’m going to stick to your local economic forum as an example for a network. In reality, though, you can apply the following thoughts to any network. Whether it is your own or an existing group of people you join.

Starting to network

When remembering how I started out networking with people I keep thinking about how everybody seemed to have a different perception of how strong their network was. Some would say that it’s really awesome and you can get to know influential people easily and the investment of time and money paid back quickly and big time. Others stated that membership fees were too expensive and they’re only tentatively interested in going to the next event of their group. I questioned right from the get go if it even made sense to join a network. My decision to give networking a try was quickly made when I had the chance to help rebuild a local JCI group. That immediately made me part of the core group.

Perception

Looking back at the enormous gap of perception of people between “networking is essential and good and worth my efforts” and “networking is a waste of time and I’d rather spend my time productively”, it becomes obvious that people perceive their network to be only as strong as their contribution to it. Why? Well, I’ve realised quickly that the people saying that networking is a waste of time, were the ones who didn’t really participate in events and rarely showed up to other gatherings of the group. So here are those not contributing to the network. The other people thinking highly of their network were at least contributing in a sense of being present at a number of their group’s events. Thus through their contribution experienced a higher network strength.

Expectation

There is of course a different set of expectations and types of people. Someone who’s extroverted may have no difficulties to get to know new people and therefore successfully connect. But even the most extremes of the introverted can find a connection and grow out of themselves. It’s also very important to check your expectations towards a network. You don’t always have to be fully open about all your expectations but you have to at least formulate them in your head and compare your expectations with what the network has to offer either locally or globally.

Network strength

The more often you show up at your group’s events, the better you get to know people and the higher the probability is that you find some common ground like a project you can work on or a need you can satisfy. If you’re new in a network I’d say you have to at least attend three meetings before you can decide if this is for you or not. Remember, though, only if you show yourself can others get to know you and that’s the way opportunity presents itself to you and your business.

Be present. Talk about yourself and your business. Closely listen to everyone else. Communicate your expectations. If you know you can’t make it to a meeting, message the organiser so everyone knows you would have attended if you were available which signals engagement. And that’s where people will see you as a strong partner they can count on. This in turn builds trust strengthening your connection. A number of strong connections increases your network strength!

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Mark Cheret: my inspirations in 2016

Inspirations 2016

I’m convinced that we all have our inspirations. We’re inspired by actions, ways of thinking and creations of other people. At least that’s what I’m experiencing. We socialize all the time and gravitate towards like minded people. The internet has brought us closer together. Everyone can express themselves freely and without any gatekeeper these days. Of course this makes for a lot of content in varying degrees of quality which permanently tries to gain our attention. In this piece I want to show you the people who inspired me most in 2016 and why. Some of them changed the way I produce my content, some of them inspired my thinking and all of them confirm a few things I’ve always known to be true.

Casey Neistat

OK, Casey. Where to begin? I’ve been following your YouTube Channel ever since the Gizmodo 3 part series of your wildly functional studio came out. It was immediately clear to me that something like this studio would be useful for my purposes as well. The DIY touch everything has, the rawness yet functionality of your overhead shooting rig, just as one example; it’s all very inspiring and practical. So I’ll give you that at the very least.

You’ve changed the way I think about many things especially in filmmaking. You’ve influenced the way I edit movies. Casey, you’ve made me start a YouTube channel on which I did 30 or so Vlogs until I realized how brutally unforgiving and hard it is to really get off the ground. It must be a pure grind every single day for you! I haven’t given up on the idea of a Vlog or the constant production of content so every opportunity I have to film something and make a movie out of it, I use. Thanks for that!

Yes, I’m a bit jealous that you get to try out all the nerdy stuff before everyone else gets a chance but you’re a really hard working man. You need to let me in on two secrets, though: How do you manage to live a family life, being a celebrity and still maintain the business side of things. And I also need to know how your business is going. I’m currently also a product manager of an app so, there’s that.

Gary Vaynerchuck

Gary, you’re a man with a vision and who knows what he’s worth. I’m really inspired by the monthly retainer you charge for the services of your media company. Also that you’re open about it and your ambitions to one day own the New York Jets. Love how you make yourself vulnerable, accountable and clear all at the same time.

You’re on of my inspirations as I also see the process in things. The #FlashbackFriday video you’ve posted is the first one you did and you’re not ashamed of your beginnings. That is a fine treat! I’m not ashamed of my beginnings. Thank you very much.

Johann Romefort

Johann, I’ve recently seen you at the #ShapeTalk at the Wayra Tech Accelerator in Munich. You opened my eyes for tech again. I’ve tried to bury my 10 years of experience as a manager in IT because I thought it is such an emotionless trade. The way you talk about tech opened my eyes that yes, there is emotion in #tech! I just had to see the glimpse of it. I was too filled with #fear to talk to you in person, though.

I hope to meet you soon at another event. You’ve really inspired me to move back into tech again. I moved from product managing to the CTO role in a project the very next day. Thanks!

Kaspar Ilves

Always travelling under the flag of JCI to network, make things happen and “just act!” Which is how we can change everything if we’re only aware of it.

I’ve not known you for long, but it sometimes only takes 2 hours of experiencing the same JCI meet-up and some social media interactions and all of a sudden I know if I’m inspired by someone. So thanks for putting into words what I’ve known to be true for so long. I can change everything. My contribution counts! You’re an inspiration to me.

Stephen Eckert

Stephen, I had the opportunity to meet you away from keyboard in Cologne so I jumped at the opportunity. From what I could gather in all the RAW Talks, you are usually the behind the scenes man, helping to make the show happen. I’m repeating here what I tweetet at you: You are a hard working, devoted and knowledgable team player!

And that is really inspiring. The diligence in which you were filming and relentlessly looking for the best sound! It really was an honour meeting you. Don’t forget about this event we wanted to talk about, though 🙂

Twitter

While I get in touch with people on my YouTube, Facebook and get contacted a lot by many companies on LinkedIn, Twitter for me is the most open social network of them all. Sure, big news outlets and media publishers have overrun all of those places but it’s possible to immediately start a conversation with everyone you could think of on Twitter. From the seemingly unreachable CEOs, venture capitalists, movie stars and all to your workplace colleague or sister. All have equal opportunity. Just tweet at them in a polite and civilized manner and sure enough and given they’re not too busy, they’ll respond.

Wintergatan

As stated by front man Martin Molin, Wintergatan means “Milky Way” in Swedish. This band of four is best known by their latest internet phenomenon “Marble Machine” (26 million views on YouTube at the time of writing), which is a DIY built musical instrument using 2,000 marbles. What inspired me most and confirmed my belief in the “behind the scenes” culture of storytelling and showing that the world doesn’t only consist of events but mainly of processes leading up to events, is their meticulously crafted series of videos leading up to the big reveal of showing the world their marble machine.

Martin spent a lot of time end effort in designing this machine and composed the music around it. In the end, though, these projects always are a team effort. I’ve got to give it to Wintergatan. They are hard working people bringing lovely and original music to the world using instruments they’ve built and designed themselves.

Marcus Sjöberg, your style of drumming is really inspiring. If time permits, I’d be honoured if you could teach me some of your brilliant fills. Having been a drummer myself for 18 years now, I know it is hard work to build and maintain this playing style. In one of the other really astonishing pieces of art, entertainment and music Sommarfågel you’re using the kick and crash buildup. That’s back in 2013. It’s becoming a thing for me now in 2016. You’re ahead of the curve, man!

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My take on the Brexit

My take on the Brexit

In the wake of the recent referendum of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union which in short was just called “Brexit” for those in favour of leaving the EU, there has been a lot of buzz online and elsewhere. This of course was to be expected of a vote with the potential of having wide ranging consequences. I’d like to call a lot of what’s been going on merely “noise” while trying to distill the essence of it which I’d like to call “signal”.

Now in regards to the “noise”

Economic noise

We have seen the global economy losing roughly two trillion dollars in stock market value on the day the results of the vote were announced. The value of the Pound Sterling plunged to its 31-year low and a significant increase in spendings on gold and government bonds was noticeable. Major employers across the UK announced a relocation of significant numbers of employees to countries within the EU (i.e. the Republic of Ireland).

Political noise

Rumors then spread of the Scotts wanting to leave the UK in order to join the EU, a possible unification of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and some talked about the City of London declaring sovereignty from the UK becoming a City state and then join the EU. Prime Minister of the UK David Cameron announced he will step down from his office come October as his belief is that the UK should’ve remained as part of the EU which he made clear from the beginning. Experts told Cameron in advance that employing the referendum itself is an act of his own undoing. EU officials told the UK in a very clear tone that the process of leaving should be carried out soon and quickly. Before the votes were cast, Cameron told the world he would file the necessary paperwork (notifying the European Council of the intent of leaving the European Union in accordance with Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty) on the day after the results of the referendum would be announced. That didn’t happen. Instead Cameron leaves it to his successor in office to do the actual work of tipping over that first domino piece in what currently seems to be an unfathomable domino day style obstacle course with a record amount of moving parts and pieces. No country ever left the EU and the UK might be the first one. Rumor has it that this may have set off a chain reaction of a large number of countries coming right after the UK in their wish to leave.

Referendum noise

Shortly after the results of the votes were announced, a divide between young and old voters surfaced. We’ve got figures showing that the younger generation voted to mostly remain as part of the EU while elderly people mostly voted to leave. One could argue that the younger generation wanting to stay has to longer live with the repercussions of the vote of the older generation to leave. Different parts of the country cast different majority votes as well. I will not get into any detail here as I believe at the end of the day this is all part of the noise. What is also very interesting is, how many people cast their votes. Was it around 75% of the people voting? Congratulations, you seem to have asked a good question that many people are interested in and actually have an opinion about. The next thing that surfaced was a petition that calls for another referendum since the first one didn’t turn out to be over 60% in favour or against leaving the EU. In the meantime we’ve learned that the number of signatories is rigged as it turns out a bot or script may have falsely and randomly signed the petition.

Personal noise

Many woke up to the news of a majority vote of the UK to leave the EU and found themselves in an odd mood. In a recent conversation with local members of the economy and the press I’ve said that I don’t care what the UK is going to vote. I will respect them whatever their belief in or not in the EU is. The UK will vote for or against the EU and not for or against relationships with EU member states. And definitely will my best friend living in the UK possibly voting against the EU not vote against me personally. The UK may be out of the EU and we’re still friends.

The signals I get from all this Brexit

So yes this referendum definitely did a great job in starting a global discussion about many things. First and foremost we should get the clear signal that at least one country of the EU is not satisfied with the performance of the EU itself, that EU officials are unelected and unaccountable and that a nation might be better off without the EU.

The UK populus has clearly put democracy before money. I congratulate the UK as a nation I hold very dearly in my heart. You were the first nation to be asked a question no one else has been asked before. You were strong enough to actually publicly and openly ask the question in the first place. You are now at the epicenter of a possible ripple effect. Who’s next with a referendum?

Some call the Brexit a worst case scenario. Inevitable? Change is constant. We’d rather get used to change and prepare for it. What we’re experiencing is a rattling of swords. The referendum itself is not legally binding but anyone responsible for carrying out the will of the people would be ill advised not to follow the ruling of his own country.

Consequences of the Brexit

As a businessman operating in both the UK and the EU I don’t think the consequences are noticeable for quite some time. Who actually knows if there are any consequences and if they’re all going to be bad?! Who will be the next Prime Minister and see the leaving of the UK through? On a more practical level, though: I’ve always had to show my passport when flying. Exchanging between Euros and Pounds has always happened in the past. Though not noticeable for me as I’ve always used credit cards or debit cards and rarely handle cash. I’ve always been a fan of the Pound Sterling as a currency and a value and actually trust it more than the Euro. Everyone competing on a market needs to be an attractive option so everyone needs to improve constantly. For all the good things the EU may have been responsible for in the past I myself am not entirely convinced that the EU is such a good idea in its current construct and conduct. We definitely have a surplus in administration (didn’t directly want to call it “bloated machinery”), an overzealous regulatory system and a lack of democratic processes. As a businessman I like a larger and unified marketplace, which the EU definitely is. It makes many things easier. As a citizen I want to have a say in what rules and regulations I’m going to be subjected to.