Howdy! Nowadays live streaming is getting more and more popular, from online courses, Q&A/AMA to gigs and sketches, we can get in touch with it in different aspects in our daily life.
Now, if you decide to start your live streaming classroom, show or channel, and you have no idea how to make your sessions engaged to your audience, here are the 5 tips just for you.
1. Studies and preparations
If you are going to give a speech or giving classes to your audience, you should be clear to the topic or subject for each session; if you are giving sketches or gigs, the main idea of the whole session should be well planned as well. In other words, you should always know what you are talking about or doing all the time.
It’s always better if you are familiar or skilled in the topic, subject, or the way you present your ideas. If not, don’t panic – do some thorough researches on the subject, then summarize the knowledge and things you know. By this way you can get a better picture on what you’re about to put on the livestream, and gain confidence for yourself as well.
2. Rehearsal is key
Now your topic, subject or main idea is ready, and have planned for how to present it, it’s time to realize it by practicing and rehearsing it before it literally goes live.
You can make the rehearsal in front of a mirror by yourself, or with a few friends or colleagues whoever you’re comfortable with. With these rehearsals, you can know better for how long your speech is, and what or where the changes may need to be made.
Besides, practicing out loud a few times will help you feel familiar with your subjects or ideas, and keep it well organized.
3. Dress well and get comfortable
Before starting your live streaming session, you can put on your clothes you like – no matter a T-shirt, pajama, or dress shirt with a tie, it’s totally okay – as long as your dress code is appropriate for the situation, and you’re comfortable or confident with it.
Also, you should arrive early, which means you have time to familiarize the place, and make sure everything for the live streaming session is ready.
4. Engage with your audience
Now you begin your live streaming session. Besides focus on the subject or idea you present, don’t forget to interact with your audience. You know, while you have tons to offers your viewers, they will most likely want to offer something back. Having the ability to ask questions, make comments and interact with you, plus the other viewers, can have a profound impact on your live streaming session.
You can offer a live chat window next to your broadcast, or leave some time for the Q&A with your audience during or after the session. This will create engaging audience members and will have them coming back to your live streaming courses, shows or sketches again.
5. Be consistent
This is an important tip for not only veteran live streamers, but first-timers as well.
Being on time is a huge aspect of streaming that sometimes goes unnoticed. Being on time doesn’t just mean starting right when the time slated is getting there 15 minutes early is always recommended. This prevents any viewers who are early from leaving because there is nothing to watch or do.
The other thing you want is to be consistent regarding what day and time you are going to stream. It will be hard to follow your broadcasts when you live stream on different times, like one on a Tuesday at 17:00 one week but another one on Friday at 10:00 the next. Keep consistent with the day and time you stream to keep your viewership consistent and informed.
And here’s our 5 tips for your live streaming sessions. Hopefully they’re useful for making your sessions better and attractive. Or if you have any ideas on this topic, feel free to leave your comments or advice down below. See you in the next article!