Transformation Through Education

Your Future is Determined by What You Learn Today, So USA How To is Reflecting on Past Lessons to Lead to Coming Successes for You

Be Patient with Yourself When it Comes to Learning Because You are Your Own Greatest Puzzle

If you are like we are, we are always learning. Education never ends. And in part this is true because there are always disruptions on the horizon when it comes to work and technology.

This is one of the reasons that METHOD HOW has reopened to the public the opportunity to subscribe to their weekly publication, the METHOD HOW Report.

It has been a few years since they last let new subscribers into the mix, so joining this newsletter may have a small gap of time during which you can join. Recent stories include looking at events like the Big Apple Awards for educators.

Education is our key goal, and for this reason we have begun to focus more and more on AI.

Now, AI has been around for a fair amount of time, even being used as the name of a movie in the past, but it is only somewhat recently that it has really begun to have an impact on how we think about jobs, today and in the future. What role will Artificial Intelligence play when it comes to DigiComArts?

Our goal is to provide you with a learning experience that is truly helpful to you and provides you with real-world learning using tasks that are viable. This is to support the learning needs of a variety of different kinds of companies, including Home Business eLearning.

Here is our own 5 step analysis of why we do what we do, and our expectations of ourselves.

  1. Provide practical and applicable knowledge: USA How To should focus on providing knowledge methods like to Learn from Doing that can be easily applied in the real world. For instance, practical skills such as home repair, financial planning, or resume building can be very useful for individuals looking to improve their living conditions.
  2. Create interactive and engaging learning experiences: To ensure that the learning experience is effective, USA How To should create interactive and engaging learning experiences that facilitate Media Administration. This can be achieved by incorporating videos, quizzes, and hands-on activities that encourage learners to actively participate and retain the information.
  3. Use case studies and real-life examples: Incorporating real-life examples and case studies can help learners understand how the knowledge they acquire can be applied in the real world. These examples can help learners see the value in what they are learning and motivate them to apply it to their own lives. This is an area we wish to continue to grow to reach its potential. Some examples of this includes work we have done in the realm of our Movie Process experimentation and the development of educational materials from actual real life experiences that lead to the launch of METHOD HOW, a site dedicated to teaching as drawn from case studies including our prior Manhattan NYC production company of 12 years.
  4. Incorporate feedback and assessments: Providing learners with feedback and assessments can help them gauge their progress and identify areas where they need to improve. This can help learners stay motivated and engaged throughout the learning process. This has been implemented through the NYC AIM program, that was in-person during the production company era.
  5. Offer follow-up resources: To ensure that learners can continue to apply what they have learned, USA How To should offer follow-up resources such as online forums, workshops, or webinars. This can help learners stay engaged and continue to develop their skills beyond the initial learning experience. Past examples of this were NYC Workshops that were done as a part of a city institution.

In conclusion, to provide a truly helpful learning experience that provides real-world learning with tasks that are viable for use to pave the way to a bountiful future, USA How To should focus on providing practical and applicable knowledge, create interactive and engaging learning experiences, use case studies and real-life examples, incorporate feedback and assessments, and offer follow-up resources. All of which we have past instances of and are working to take to another level through the use of USA eLearning.

By doing so, USA How To can help individuals improve their skills and knowledge and create a better future for themselves and their communities. And don’t forget that for a limited time you can subscribe to the free METHOD HOW Report and have access to insights and information regarding AI and other forms of Business and Marketing Success Strategies.

Transformation Through Education

What do “USA How To” and METHOD HOW have in Common?

There’s a new kind of teamwork in the world of “How To.” In many instances, online education does not require a number of people to produce, the era of one person, many jobs, is coming alive.

If you are not yet aware of the currently nonexistent website known as METHOD HOW, you might not understand what I am talking about exactly. In some ways “USA How To,” the very site where you are reading this post, was an inspiration to the creation of METHOD HOW. What do METHOD HOW and “USA How To” have in common? The link they have that is most obvious is that both teach you how to do things.

Another aspect they share it that not only do they create the educational materials themselves, but because the website of each is important to them doing what they do, they both are involved with distribution, because people come to each site, usually to learn something, and hopefully do so.

Ironically though, as of putting down these words you are reading right now, METHOD HOW does not yet really have a website. While we type this, that you are now reading, there are a couple of pages, regarding a METHOD HOW to do things, and that is pretty much it. But there are also a lot of plans for the website, including doing some things in a manner that is similar to this site.

But do not worry that METHOD HOW is going to disrupt, USA How To.” Thanks to what was originally referred to as the Corona Virus, more and more people are flocking online to educate themselves on one thing or another, which means there is a lot to go around. The fact is we not only spend a lot more of time on the web now than we did Pre COVID, but much of the new internet time utilized involves new ways of learning.

So maybe we should get back to the topic of “USA How To” and METHOD HOW, once there is more material to take a look like?! In the meantime, NYC Workshops is taking a stab at it.

A World in Crisis

The Mission of “USA How To” has Always Included Providing You with the Best Possible “Method How” to do Whatever it is that You are Seeking to do when it Comes to Creativity and Business, But Now…

The Blog Coalition and COVID

Now that “Method How” has begun its evolution, times seem to be changing for this website. Throughout the Blog Coalition of more than 60 sites we have begun an analysis process of determining how best to provide you with the information you need. That you need to face major obstacles like COVID.

Working Toward Providing Value

It has taken years to get to this point. Being able to finally take a clear-sighted view at all the site collectively and arrive at a determination of the value it provides. Is the information useful? Does it help you with your business? Your career? and so on.

Business and COVID

The motivation has been to help others. To make a difference in the lives of people who need help. Much activity has been occurring at all fronts that have been changing the lives of individuals. A big one is the loss of a business due to the negative impact of COVID. A term has even been invented. “Business COVID,” hindering many due to not being able to do what they do in-person and not having sufficiently prepared for a digital alternative plan.

A World in Crisis Works-in-Progress

Using Music in Comedic Video Ads Plus a Brief Look at Reaching Your Niche

This website was originally conceived as a place that had useful information on the process of creating nonfiction step by step educational materials that helped Americans to be more successful in the challenging times, we live in.

Issues we face include COVID, Inflation and the major challenges being experienced in Ukraine. A lot of pain is being seen in our country and internationally. It could be said that in these days of challenges across the country, this is possibly an inappropriate time to be telling jokes or or getting involved with comedy. The notion being that tragedy is not a time to make fun of things. This we believe is true, and yet…

Does humor work in the sales message? Is there such a thing as going too far? How can you draw in the audience while both making them laugh plus simultaneously getting across your brand message?

Humor can walk the fine line between making someone both laugh as well as taking in the brand message. It is important that the style of the humor uses is relatable to the individual who is watching your commercial. I

If you use humor that is not the kind of comedy that the target audience enoys and resonates with, it is all for not.

Using music in advertising can be an effective way to get out your message. A song with lyrics that are funny, is an effective strategy to be certain that your message ticks in someone’s head.

If there is a chorus that is a synopsis of the message being conceived can even turn a spot to be sung along to. In other words, music that has silly lyrics that can go on repeatedly in our minds.

Music in advertising with humor can sometimes be especially impactful if the topic itself is absurd and even edgy. People laugh at incongruous situations.

Music in humor that verges on shocking is an approach that if targeted at the the right audience for the tune’s category and lyrics, can really hit the spot with members. Also, if it is a perfect match for the market, music comedy pieces have been known to go viral.

But if when revealing your message as an advertiser, it is is too overbearing or has something shocking that is too intense the venture could backfire.

Also use your gut when you gage if comedy, music or otherwise, is the right match. If you know and understand your audience, you will make the right choice, even in a world in crisis.


“A Rant that is Supposed to be about the Question “What’s the Next Big Thing in Online Education?” but Ends with Me Exposing Someone’s Dirty Laundry.”


It’s a good question actually, why pay for online learning when you can get information from websites and videos for free? Just take a look at the current glut of tutorials and other forms of education freely available at to no charge on video sites and more. Some kind of transformation may need to happen. Or maybe it already has?


If you are an educator looking harness the web, it’s time to do some serious thinking. The evolution of technology and its usage might have moved on already, even though not everyone has gotten the memo. Of course, the thing that is different between, say, free video sites versus purchasing from an expert in the field, theoretically you will get more value from the “expert.”


These days, many videos that are online and viewable for no coast at sites are not really informational at all. They are more like commercials for an educator, expert or company. In other words, you watch a video, you get tidbits that may or may not be useful, and then the pitch, overt or subluminal, occurs. You have just experienced a “taste,” a “sample,” but if you want the whole thing you need to buy the premium version. That’s the norm now with SaaS sites. You can get the free version, but for the the way you really want it…Upgrade.


Another downer of course is that “free,” actually costs you something. Your identity. Your privacy. That’s a big price. Because when it comes to search or social platforms, we pay with the currency of our personal information. You legally signed off on it when you were setting up your account and clicked the “Conditions” button. And even if everything you write into your settings is false. Does not matter. Don’t think you are fooling them. They track you. And it does not take long long at all to figure out who you are. They follow your every click, figure out who you are, then when you sign in with them, such as with “free” email accounts, they have yet another way to flesh out your composite profile the are working on and selling to others Get ready to be sold to others for a fee.


Look, you are okay with having no privacy, or have already sold it to various online tool providers, so you might as well get the biggest bang for your, well, identity. Sometimes you really can get good educational info. You’ve already sold yourself to Big Tech, so you might as well get something in return. How? By carefully picking videos and sites you go to. Usually, if you look with a sharp and discerning eye, plus have a sense of what you are searching for, you can tell quickly what is worth your time, and what is not. Trust your instincts. But this begs the question, “Why do experts give out premium information and in return do not earn a dime?”


Some people with knowledge give it away because they want to be seen as an “expert.” Or maybe want the attention. Or dare I say, maybe they really are semi altruistic and want to be seen as…Yes. An “expert.”, Also it is quite possible that they simply wanted the attention. To be noticed for doing something nice to their fellow humans with similar interests. This could have motivated them to pull out the authentic information.


The good stuff?! But how do I know if this is what I really need. Because like we hear again and again, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” That’s true to a point, but if you are industrious, you can usually patch the clues together. Meaning, in the end, it is very likely you could piece together on your own, what you actually needed. You are, after all, resourceful. Ever since those three “Ws” came around, we are not at a loss for at least feeling like we are doing something. Even if we are not.


Let’s face it, we are trying to convince ourselves that the Pandemic is over, and that we are in the process of entering what some of us have been waiting patiently for. In the beginning it was called the “New Normal.” But honestly, I haven’t heard that term in a while. But the point is that what we thought was coming, is not here yet. And COVID is far from being managed enough such that it’s “Just like the flu shots offered each year.” And now more than ever here in NYC, riding the subway has actually become that scary thing depicted in a lot of old ’70’s movies.


Informational in-person workshops are not likely to have a full return anytime soon. You can just look at what is happening in New York in that regard. So, what should we do? Wait it out until all variants are done with, which needless to say will never happen. Or should we patronize those those who have “quality” learning materials, instead of something that is the equivalent of coming from a dollar store? Needless to say, value can be found anywhere, and we have one of those businesses near us. I bought a laundry bag there a couple of years ago, and I just used to bring the wash downstairs. In fact, the bag is in a basket sort of thing, also a dollar store find.


If I showed the laundry bag to you and told you that I had paid $10 for it rather than the $1 I actually forked out, you might believe me. Which brings us to an important moment in this rant. The one we know and love: “Perception is Reality.” If someone can convince you that they have high quality educational materials, even if you can get the same stuff for free somewhere else, then big bucks are paid for the “quality” of it. Maybe not the actual “quality” of the content of information in the materials themselves, but instead rests possibly in believing something or someone is prestigious. After all, “quality” framed in different ways has varying value. As you probably figured out a bit ago, or maybe saw it coming from the very beginning, the dirty laundry is mine and that of my fam. Which reminds me, I have to go downstairs and take it out of the drier. It’s almost midnight. I usually do it around 6:00am on Saturday. Now where did I put that dollar store basket?


Dream Until It’s Your Reality

Waiting and Waiting, plus Wondering if “Creative But Broke” is the Right Title?

Yes, I confess, a part of me is waiting with anticipation to find out if my friend decides to try out the “Creative but Broke” strategy. “Creative but Broke” is the secret name I am using to name the strategy. I did not tell this to my friend because he might think that giving him a strategy called “Creative but Broke” was implying that I thought he was broke.

Are You Creative?

Quite frankly I think everyone is creative. Imagination, which every human being I have ever met has had, is proof (in my opinion) that creativity exists in all of us. Though, there are people who at least verbally, have said that they are not creative at all. Which brings up an interesting question.

“Do you consider yourself creative?”

The Answer is in How You Perceive Yourself

Some people full out say they do not have a creative bone in their body, while on the other side of the fence there are folks who embrace, even tout, their creativity.

Defining “Creativity”

Of course, I had to run to the dictionary. They have been around since 1828, so I tend to trust Merriam-Webster. They define creativity as being “the ability to create.” Then I checked in on the word “create” for which there were 4 usages, but the top one was “to bring into existence.”

Combining Two Definitions

So, merging the two definitions together makes a possible version of what creativity could be: “the ability to bring into existence.” Not very scientific, but hopefully helpful none the less. Oh, and a side note is that the first recorded of the use of the term “creativity” was in 1875 which is 47 years after Merriam-Webster was created (pun intended).

Creativity Vs. Hustle

One of the things I thought about while creating the “Creative but Broke” 9 Step Strategy was deciding between two words as being the key ingredient that you need to succeed. If being a celebrity means that you are successful (which I do not think it does), then which of these two words do you need the most: “Creativity” or “Hustle?” Especially if you are talking about show business, or fine arts etc., one might think that “Creativity” is needed most because it is closely wed with “talent.”

Watching Metamorphoses from “Behind-the-Scenes”

Decades ago, I had a unique opportunity. It was to view celebrities (the show biz kind) from an insider’s perspective, and I saw things that are usually not publicly shown. Being someone who is fascinated by psychology, motivation, drive, determination, focus, follow through and of course, strategy, I people watched for around three years. My point of view was usually from the sidelines, but sometimes I interacted as well.

Thinking About My Observations those Many Years Ago Brought Up a Question

I was even able to observe firsthand, the fascinating process of a select few go from being “nobodies” to blasting up into the stratosphere thereby transforming into “stars.” Some of them have crashed to the Earth since then, while others still glisten in the night sky. The purpose of bringing this up of course relates to the question: “which of the two are more important to making it: creativity or hustle?”


The Need for “How To” Digital Information Products is Growing

Provide the Solutions they are Searching for

The interest in the USA of “How To” eBooks, membership sites, online courses, videos and so on, is surging. This could in part be because of the pandemic and many being homebound. Some people now have more time to self-educate. This can often mean starting to think of ways of being able to start a business that can be done from home, and in some cases, one that can be done entirely on the web. One such solution is to make digital products. Digital products are for the most part informational and provide answers to problems that are of interest to a targeted demographic.

Give Them Action Steps

Think of it this way. Let us say you were seeking a solution to a problem, such as learning information about how to enter and get a job (or start a business) in a certain industry. Then imagine you were faced with obstacles and rejection on how to do that. Plus, doing web searches alone did not give you the full picture of the action steps you needed to take.

Clarify the Demographic You Seek

Next, just as you were about to give up, when searching online you found a website that was selling eBooks that could be instantly downloaded upon payment. This eBook was about the solution you were seeking regarding getting a job or starting a business in your desired industry. If this were information you really, really, needed, would you not purchase the eBook, especially if it were affordable and could be instantly downloaded? Of course, you would! That is why we encourage you to make digital products. Turn your knowledge or drive into informational digital products on a topic that has high need and solves the problem of a particular demographic.


Give Back by Sharing What You Know How to Do

Know Your Workshop’s Audience

If you are putting together a “How To” experience of some kind, one of the best ways to start this process is to take a look at your participants and what their needs are. Even if you are not teaching a pre-existing group, you can still gain insight into what those who you will be leading will be like. In much the same way as a movie is made to fit a specific audience, you need to do so when you are putting together a workshop.

Understand Your Students’ Needs

Are your students older, younger or inbetween? What do they do as a living? How does this have an affect on who they are? What approach will be the best to serve them? Will they want to be free to be creative? Or will they respond better to a very specific structure?

You Need to Be Clear Throughout

Something that can make your job easier is from the very beginning have a sense of purpose regarding your workshop. This focus will assist you in making or deleting ideas, because you can always go back to the purpose to help you answer the tough questions. And the great thing is, your workshop can have an arts oriented goal or can be to provide education for some specific branch of business. Both objectives benefit from you having a clear cut path by which to help students find what they are looking for.


Yianni Stamas wants to Know “Are you Aware of the Content of the UDHR?”

Celebration of Human Rights

The ultimate “USA How To” would be to figure out a way how to have peace across the world. Greetings from “USA How To” UDHR is an acronym that stands for the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Representatives of all cultural backgrounds came together to write the UDHR and what was written was of monumental importance. Essentially, the document consists of a preamble as well as 30 articles covering several different aspects of the celebration of human rights.

Human Rights Day

Today, December 10, is Human Rights Day and a time when areas explored to bring us together that include rights to equality such as life/liberty/personal security, innocence until proven guilty, marriage and family, owning of property, rest and leisure and education just to name a few.


Especially in these times in which America currently has a clashing of values, it is vital that we look to these rights and hopefully use them as a starting place to come together. Rights of freedom represent things that we as human being are free from. This includes discrimination, slavery, torture and being protected from arbitrary arrests and exile.


HOW TO Bring Back the Dead

Can you become more cosmic?

Full discloser, I am a magician, a conjurer a prestidigitator and so on. I make magical things happen but always explain to my audiences that my performances are illusions, not reality. Funny thing is though, most of us live with illusions. Illusions about who we are, illusions of who we could become.

Depression and Anxiety

But that’s okay. Because it helps you hang on and unlike some of us, avoid not fall into the quicksand of depression and anxiety.

Gum Chewing

For some reason I get tense when people chew gum. Especially while talking and crunching it in their mouth at the same time. It probably comes from directing a myriad of actors, some of whom I’d have to have get rid of their Trident when acting.

Missed the Séance

Sadly, I missed the recent virtual and live Harry Houdini séance on the day of his death on October 31st from his gravesite in Queens, Houdini said that when he died he would come back if he could. I bring up Harry because he apparently was delusional, with many inflated ideas of who he was. But an avid reader of Houdini biographies starting at age 8, I learned how he was able to pick himself up despite setbacks of which there were many. He ultimately beat them all one at a time.

Harry Has Yet to Come Back from Beyond the Grave

These seances happen every year and I attend them when I can. They occur either here in Manhattan, where he lived when he was alive, or as mentioned in the borough of Queens where he is buried. I need to be more mindful when trying to conjure up Erik Weisz (his real name). I guess it is time to start chewing gum.