Livestreaming Best Practices
Speaker Best Practices, Gear Recommendations & Go-Live Checklist
This page will tell you everything you need to know to look good, sound good, and have reliable internet for livestreaming or remote recording.
Below you’ll find links to recommended gear and our Go-Live Checklist. Please review this before presenting. Much of this may be a refresher for you. However, we find there’s at least a couple of areas where even the most experienced presenters can improve.
Go-Live Checklist 🚀
Set Up Your Audio/Video & Environment
Get Yourself and Your Presentation Set Up
(with links to purchase)
Reliable InternetAn ethernet cable will dramatically increase your internet speed and reliability compared to Wi-Fi. This is the ONLY way to prevent connectivity issues while livestreaming.
- Ethernet Cable – only $11 for a 25 foot cable. Our #1 gear recommendation for improving your livestream quality, and reducing everyone’s stress around the event.
- USB hub + Ethernet Adapter – $15 or $28 with Thunderbolt for Apple devices – If your computer doesn’t have an ethernet port, you’ll need an adapter like this, which will also give you an additional 2 usb ports as a bonus.
Tips & Best Practices
Audio/Video Best Practices
USB mics, lapel mics, or Bluetooth headsets are great options. Be careful of dangly headsets as they can drag on your shirt and make scratchy noises. Your laptop’s built-in mic is fine if that’s all you have.
Face a window and/or have a lamp or two in front. Have two lights at 45 angles for the most flattering light.
Have a clean, simple backdrop. Don’t be right against a wall or you’ll have a harsh shadow behind you.
Prop up your laptop or webcam so it’s at eye-level if possible. You’ll look better when you’re not looking down at the camera.
Position yourself about arms-distance from your camera so there’s a few inches of space above your head in the shot.
- Lamp too harsh? Bounce the light off a wall onto your face.
- Cover windows with thin screens/sheer curtains.
- Overhead lights are ok, but not right over your head.
- Reduce glare on glasses by lowering your screen brightness, blocking windows in front, and increasing the ambient light in the room.
Computer Speed & Reliability
Internet Speed & Reliability
It is important to make sure your internet connectivity is fast and reliable.1. Do your best to use an ethernet connection to provide internet access to your computer. Being hardwired into your modem/router will greatly increase your speed and reliability compared to being on wireless internet. If it is not possible to be hardwired, it is best to be located in the same room as the router for the most stable internet connection possible.
Online Presenting Tips
Engage the Audience with Micro-questions
Even though you can’t see the audience doesn’t mean you can’t engage with them. Ask them “micro-questions” to get them nodding their head, and connecting with the value of your content – eg: Right? … Isn’t that great? … Do you see what I mean? … Wouldn’t that be amazing? … How would that feel?
Often, online speakers sit still and talk in a droning voice – it can get boring fast. When you’re excited and enthusiastic, your listeners will be too and you’ll keep their attention. To do that, sit up straight, increase your volume, use more inflection in your voice, and use your hands.
Get the Audience Chatting With You
You don’t have to wait for the Q&A … ask the viewers to all write in with:
- one-word answers (have you done ____ before? Yes or no?),
- short answers (eg: what is your biggest challenge with ___?),
- 1-5 score responses (eg: how much do you agree with this, or how engaged are you already with this org – 1 – just found out about them today, 5 – volunteer at least one hour / week, etc.)
Ask for quick, useful data to get a sense of people’s experience, feelings, challenges, goals, etc.
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