This week, we went live for the first time on Facebook.
It was so much fun!
I love how Facebook Live allows you the opportunity to connect with your friends and followers to reach broader audiences.
After going live a few times, I have tips to share with you.
Perhaps you're thinking about going live but aren't sure how, maybe you're intimidated by having no script ... These tips will guide you in the right direction.
1. Have an idea of what you're going to say.
Easy enough, right? Wrong! Have more than an idea.
The awesome aspect about being live is organic spontaneity.
Make sure you're well-versed on the topic, have great visuals and be prepared to carry a one-way conversation. You'll be more confident in your delivery.
2. Visuals -- Make them great.
Showcase your work!
Black ink on white envelopes, white ink on black envelopes, gold ink on dark paper, dark ink on metallic paper, lowercase lettering and uppercase lettering, different nib holders, etc. You get the drift :)
The more you have to work with, the more you'll have to talk about!
3. Don't rely on comments.
Be prepared to carry a one-way conversation. It was about 3 minutes into my video before I saw the first comment.
We're talking about technology, right!
Murphy's Law: If something can go wrong, it will.
Don't let this intimidate you. Rather, do your homework and prepare to ensure yourself you have plenty to talk about and feature in your live video.
In the beginning of my live videos, the comments didn't appear where I could see them until about 3 minutes into the video. I noticed the same snafu the second time around, as well.
To prepare for the second video, I had the names written from the first video comments and used those names to demonstrate calligraphy.
4. Be aware the front-facing camera is backwards.
If you're showcasing written words using the front-facing camera, viewers will see the images displayed backwards.
5. Invest in a tripod or camera mount.
I purchased my mount from Amazon. The iPhone is a bit heavy for the mount, but my Go Pro Hero5 camera fits perfectly and is lightweight.
Here's the link to a similar mount.
By Ailun, mount/stand, Phone Holder, Small&Light, for iPhone 7/7plus
Here's the link to the iPhone tripod. I purchased it online, too.
6. Good lighting is paramount.
Plug in a lamp nearby or use the flashlight from your iPad.
The better the lighting, the better you look. Enough said.
7. Be aware Facebook Live records in portrait orientation.
Align your workspace with your device, so it doesn't appear sideways to your viewers. Don't make a rookie mistake (like me 😂)
I hope these tips for successful Facebook Live videos help or inspire you to go live more often.
Recording the videos get easier the more you practice. Don't be hard yourself. Have fun and enjoy chatting and interacting with your followers. Viewers are there to see you and your work!
Comment below with your comments, tips and suggestions. Would love to read them!
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