Is going live on social media easily your worst nightmare?
You’re not the only one!
Talking in front of a large audience isn’t something very many people feel comfortable doing. But what if I told you that you can still experience stage fright even if you’re not on an actual stage?!
The good news is that streaming live with your audience is a skill you can master over time… with just a little bit of practice, commitment, and intention.
To help you get ready, here’s what you can do to ensure your first live stream is a mega success!
Create your own little studio
Streaming from your couch is no big deal – for some people. For most people, it’s just not enough to put you in the right mindset.
To feel more confident (and not worry about a dirty cup is showing in the background) set up your own little studio.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A simple background and some good lightning are more than enough to get you started and make you feel like you really know what you’re doing.
Pro tip: There are some pretty basic tripods that come together with a ring light and a phone stand… and that dramatically improve the quality of your video. (And your confidence as well)
Make some notes beforehand
Yes, live streams are all about being spontaneous and connecting with your audience. So while you don’t have to have a whole script ready (you can still do this, it’s just that it may feel a bit unnatural), make at least a few notes.
What’s the story you’re going to lead in with? What’s the main point you want to make? When are you going to do the Q&As? What are the THREE things you shouldn’t forget to mention?
Prepping beforehand is not only going to make you feel more at ease but it’s also going to dramatically improve the quality of your stream.
Call a guest!
If going live on your own is unsettling, to say the least… then don’t do it on your own! Call a friend or someone else in your niche to join you!
Not only is this going to boost your morale, having a guest is a bulletproof way that you won’t run out of words or not know what to say next.
In a way, it’s going to be like catching up with an old friend over FaceTime!
Approach it with an open mindset
Fully showing up online is not a talent only a few dozen have been blessed with.
Yes, I acknowledge that it may be easier for some people but that doesn’t mean streaming is not something you can’t learn.
That’s why I’d advise you to approach this as a new challenge, like a new skill you have to master.
Don’t give up on the first or second try.
Instead, make your peace that in the beginning, it may not look like the way you want it but that showing up live is the only way to get better in this!
Pro tip: Host your own private “live” before doing the real thing. Record yourself talking (or doing your whole live beforehand), then play back the recording and take notes.
It’s okay for it not to be perfect
I’ve gone live and recorded thousands of hours of video and you know what? It’s never perfect!
But it doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be of service to others.
Each time I feel like criticizing myself (or my voice or that sentence I said at the end) I gently guide myself back to the idea that getting my message across is far more important than worrying about tiny bits and pieces that most likely, no one but me noticed.
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What helped you the most when it comes to getting ready for your first live stream?
Leave me a comment and let me know, I’d love to hear from you!