Now you know what live video streaming is, you know the platforms that are available, the next question is what you’re going to do with this! When you first head onto any of the apps, you’ll likely find that it’s quite scary to hit that ‘record’ button for the first time.
As soon as you do this, you have a live feed of whatever you’re doing, going out to the entire world. This can feel very strange and you might find yourself feeling somewhat ‘on the spot’ as you try to think of the kind of content you can make.
This is super daunting, so if you’ve ever been camera shy before, expect to feel that pressure while you get started. The good news though, is that unlike YouTube, the audience you’ll be going out to are going to be very supportive and friendly.
This is an exciting platform and a new one so there’s a real sense of camaraderie that has been lost on YouTube (which is famous for its mean comments sections). Note too that people aren’t expecting world class quality with the very highest production values.
That said, you still want make your content as good as it can be. Before you jump in then, you can do a little prep work first.
What do you want to talk about? Ensure you’ve done research and have written down 3 or 4 points you’d like to cover. Write an introduction ( you and your topic ) and a couple of sentences to wrap up the broadcast.
Practice in front of the mirror until you feel comfortable with your content.
A great idea before you start is to spend some time on these platforms looking at how other people operate. Try to get a feel for the way that the most popular uses present themselves and the kinds of content they create.
If you emulate them, then you will likely enjoy a similar amount of success.
Better yet, try to spend some time on Blab. As mentioned, anyone can join in with a Blab at any point (as long as they’re accepted) and if you do this then it provides a great way for you to experience going live as a guest on someone else’s show.
Log in to a topic that you understand, accept the invitation and then engage in a conversation. In doing so, you’ll be able to practice how best to present yourself and how to speak in a relatively low-pressure situation.
The person who started the Blab will be the host and thus it won’t be your responsibility to ensure that everyone is entertained. Some general pointers for going in front of the camera though are to:
What are you waiting for? Sign up for Blab on your system and find some live feeds in your area of interest. Watch a few to get the idea and then join as a guest. From there, schedule your own live stream. See you online soon!
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