We have further information on both live streaming and pre-recording live events to follow, and more features and integrations in this area are just days away. Let us know if you have any questions or discuss your requirements.

This article covers:


Pre-event

  • Research other content providers who provide a similar event online (via YouTube, Vimeo etc.) and look for inspiration. 

  • Pick the live streaming software you will use to deliver your event (e.g. Zoom, Jitsi, or something else).

  • Decide which hardware you will use (camera, microphone, device, light sources). 

  • Test and familiarise yourself with your hardware, ensuring you know how everything works and is compatible with your software choice.

  • Decide on the format and run time of each of your events.

  • Decide on a location from which to film your live stream - consider camera position and ensure that the area you will film in is free from distractions.

  • Test the lighting of your environment (if possible, at the same time of day as your event will take place).

  • Create an event listing explaining the format of your event and including links to stream/call information and any location/equipment/technological requirements for attendees. 

  • Notify previous attendees of any changes in insurance coverage from face to face events.  

  • Open your events for booking and online payment via a public booking page.

  • Promote your event via social media, email and any other appropriate channels.

  • Plan a loose script and structure of your first event, including any music you will use. 

  • Secure music rights (if required).

  • Practice, practice, practice! Including, if possible, a run-through of at least one event using all equipment and software. 


Event

  • If you live with others, let them know you are about to run an event and minimise interruptions as much as possible. 

  • Switch any devices in the room to aeroplane mode - make sure that wifi is turned on for any devices used to broadcast! 

  • Ensure that you are correctly framed in-camera shot, in focus, and that the device you are using to film is in a secure and level position (and in landscape orientation).

  • Remember to start the record if you plan to record the event for resale or review purposes.

  • Log onto your call/stream in plenty of time for your event.

  • (Optional) Take attendance to assist with monitoring the stream for uninvited guests.

  • After greetings and introductions, ask all participants to put themselves on mute when not contributing to the event (this is unnecessary when using genuine streaming services such as YouTube or Facebook live).

  • (Optional) Monitor your list of authorised attendees against participants in your call/stream if you (or an assistant) are able.

  • (Optional) - ask your attendees for feedback or direct them to a place where they can provide it.

  • (Optional) - allow your attendees to talk and socialise. Planning this after the event will mean you know exactly how much extra time is available to do so (if you are recording the event, remember to turn off the recording at this point).


Post-event

  • Gather as much feedback as possible by following up through social media or email follow-ups.

  • Review any issues or stumbling blocks and think about avoiding them next time.

  • Start planning for your next event!

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