Over lunch today I hosted my first “real” Periscope broadcast. While I had planned ahead, had an outline and thought I was ready to go, it was pretty shaky – literally. I think part of my problem was I was overthinking it all. However, the first rough, embarrassing, low viewer scope is done. I’ve included the full length scope below to show my humble beginnings. Hopefully, I can only improve from here.
Below are a few things that I took away from my first broadcast.
- You can over plan – sometimes it’s better to be relaxed and speak “off the cuff”
- Tripod or stable mount is best – When you’re nervous, handheld is bad – this produces shaky, hard to watch video
- Don’t let the tech get in the way – don’t put off a scope just because the lighting isn’t perfect or you don’t have an external microphone
- Content is king – have something worth sharing. Provide as much value as possible to your viewers.
- Make sure your connection is good – watching the replay I realized my iPad was using the wifi at my home, which is SLOW
- Thank your loyal viewers after the fact – if you have viewers that constantly hop on your scopes, comment and provide value, recognize them during the broadcast and again via Twitter, etc after the fact.
So, I’m still in the early stages of my own Periscoping and I have a lot of room for improvement. If you’re interested in following along, you can click the button below to view my profile.