I’m still in the very new stages of Periscope but steadily climbing towards the addictive phase.
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve spent an average of 120 minutes a day on Periscope—through creating my own scopes and watching other people’s scopes.
I’ve unearthed lots of pockets of time to hop in and see what’s going on: while I’m doing my hair and makeup, while I’m relaxing in the evening, while I’m cooking, while I’m in the passenger seat as my husband drives us somewhere, etc.
I’ve seen some weird people doing some even weirder stuff. But, I’ve also discovered some really fun, smart people to follow and connect with.
If you’re new (or semi-new) to the platform, you might be looking for legit people to follow that can help you with your business, give you some creative inspiration or just to hang out with.
If that’s the case, I’ve listed 10 creative entrepreneurs below that I truly enjoy tuning in to watch their scopes whether they’re live or replays.
Each person on this list is someone that I’ve watched at least twice (but many are people I’ve tuned into five to ten plus times) and I enjoy myself each time.
1. Mariah Coz
Mariah gives super smart advice about blogging and online business in a relaxed manner that always makes me feel less stressed. From what I can tell, she only talks about what she actually has experience with which isn’t always the case with business “coaches.”
Whenever I tune into Mariah’s scopes, I feel like I’m hanging with a close friend.
2. Nikki Elledge Brown
Nikki is known as the woman who created A Course About Copy and while she’s brilliant at copy, she’s also down-to-earth and all around business-savvy. And, Nikki’s accent is adorable.
If you’ve got kids, she talks about work and mom life balance and I know some of you wish you had someone to get advice from when it comes to balancing kids and your business. She had a six-figure launch last year so she’s the real freaking deal. (And, she gives you sneak peeks of Hawaii! Yes, please, let me live vicariously through you.)
3. Laura Husson
Laura is known for making you look good online. If you’re struggling with your website or online branding, you gotta follow Laura.
Anybody else feel like they could listen to someone with a British accent talk all day long? Laura’s that gal for me.
4. Chris Ducker
There are two dudes on this list (probably because I tend to relate more to lady bosses) and Chris made that cut. He’s super smart and entertaining. The only thing I don’t really love about Chris’ scopes are that he tends to drag out his intro—not getting into the meat of the scope until a few minutes in. During those long intros, I pray for a fast forward button.
If you don’t mind the rambling intro, you’ll learn a ton from Chris. Come on and join duckerscope.
5. Dave Shrein
I believe Dave started by helping church communicators with their marketing. But, on Periscope, he’s all about helping all types of entrepreneurs get unstuck from whatever is holding them back.
When he’s scoping, it feels as if he’s talking right to you and he’s always giving out helpful information for online businesses.
6. Alex Beadon
Alex is another girl boss I can’t get enough of on Periscope. I laugh every single time I tune into one of her scopes whether she’s shooting the shizz while putting on makeup or doling out business advice. She’s a smartie pants creative business coach (and seriously looks like Spencer from Pretty Little Liars).
Alex almost crosses the line of my woo-woo comfort zone because she talks about the law of attraction and similar topics, but that’s only a small part of her scopes.
7. Holly Gillen
Holly is your go-to video gal. If you need help with using video in your business, you should follow Holly. She empowers female entrepreneurs by helping them move from confused to confident in front of and behind the camera.
I really enjoy her calming style.
8. Olivia from Random Olive
Olivia isn’t a business consultant or coach but she definitely inspires me. She uses Periscope in a very different way: to teach and show brush lettering. How cool is that?
I feel like Olivia is a GREAT example of how any creative entrepreneur could utilize this platform. I recently watched one of her scopes and struggled to tap the screen to give her hearts because I was putting on mascara and almost poked my eye. (The mascara struggle is real.)
9. Denise Duffield-Thomas
Denise helps women release their money blocks and create first class lives. Out of everyone on this list, I’ve watched her the least but it’s mainly because I’ve only been able to catch her live once. But, the times I’ve watched her broadcasts, I’ve really enjoyed them and found them useful.
10. Amber McCue
Amber helps entrepreneurs do business better than usual. She’s the friend you wished you had to Skype with whenever you need business support. Amber is bubbly, confident and personable. Even though I don’t have kiddos, if she’s scoping about something to do with parenthood and business, I still tune in. I can’t help myself.
And, I just wanted to give you a heads up, that like any other platform, there are people pretending to be experts or gurus on a topic that they really don’t have much experience in. Don’t get sucked in by something that smells tuna-fishy.
Whenever you start following someone on Periscope, do a little research to make sure they’re not a phony bologna. You don’t want to start following someone’s advice to then find out that they don’t really have any experience with what they’re teaching and they don’t know what they’re talking about.
First clue that something isn’t right: they can’t answer your questions. If they talk about a topic but they can’t give smart, solid answers on the same topic, they might just be regurgitating advice from someone else.
Second clue that something isn’t right: they call themselves an expert but no one else does. (And, anyone who’s saying he/she’s a Periscope expert is delusional since the platform is only five months old.)
Third clue that something isn’t right: their websites are unprofessional (or their websites are non-existent).
Fourth clue that something isn’t right: they don’t have any testimonials from actual people that you can find online.
Now that we got that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s have some more fun.
Please share your favorite person to follow on Periscope (other than me because duh!) in the comments below, so that we can all check them out.
If you didn’t see last week’s blog post on why you should join Periscope, make sure you read it and add your Periscope handle in the comments. We’ve all been connecting and watching each others’ scopes.