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live stream an event
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How To Live Stream An Event The Right Way

How do you engage your online audience when you want to live stream an event? I’ve been streaming several live events around Boston and while I’ve been learning a lot in the process, I see one big problem.

When you organize a live event, like a workshop or presentation, it’s a ton of work to fill the room!!! If you’ve managed to attract 100 people – that’s a great success!!

The problem is that no matter how big your event, only so many people can fit in the room which limits how fast your audience can grow and keep your event sustainable.

But, what if you could take advantage of all the work you’ve done and reach an audience 10 times the size…?

Going live is a very good idea to give your event more visibility – but there are some very specific things you can do that will make it all the more appealing to your online audience. Because your online audience needs a certain kind of engagement that’s going to attract them and draw them in.

One event that I’ve been going to is called the Boston Speaker Series and it’s hosted by my friend, Kit Pang. It’s a fabulous event. It’s very interactive and I’ve started going there and live streaming it.

At his last event what Kit did to attract his online viewers was to start his live stream with his phone aimed at himself on a selfie stick while he was talking to his in-real-life audience – making sure that the online viewers could see both him and the audience. He got them to practice the opening with them cheering and then he went live and had them all cheer again as the start of his live stream. (watch the video above to see how well this worked)

That’s step #1 in how to live stream an event: Do something really lively and interactive with your audience at the very start of your Facebook live so that anyone who sees it, whether they’re seeing live or seeing it on the replay, will be drawn in immediately and be caught up by this attention-getting thing that you’re doing. Plus, if you’ve done the work to get 100 people in the room, you want to share their energy and enthusiasm for your event.

The next thing that we did was that I got up in front of the group and I challenged them into seeing how many more people could we attract to the event. I told them to pull out their phones and go to Facebook – and the page where the live stream was happening (facebook.com/awesomevideomakers). Then I asked them to hit the share button, make a comment and hit the like button.

This helps in a few ways. Every person who shares the stream will have the live event showing up on their feed – which means that it can be seen by their friends! So, you’re using your audience in the room to grow your audience on Facebook. And when you are getting a lot of likes and comments Facebook rewards you by making your live stream appear to more people. Facebook loves live video and especially live video that has a lot of interaction in the form of likes and comments. So, it’s important to continue to do interactive things with your online audience – getting them to comment – all the way through your event. (note: you can do this even if you have hardly anyone watching live because people watching the replay will leave comments.

The day of the event we reached over 2,800 people and the video had over 800 views. You can watch the whole video here:

When you’ve done all the work (and it’s a lot!) to create a live event don’t miss your chance to capitalize on your efforts to reach an even larger audience – who you can start engaging with. There’s a lot to know about how best to live stream an event – which is why I have a FREE Videomaking Mastermind Group on Facebook where you can share videos you’ve made and learn from myself and other members of the group. Please join us there and I’ll see you in the videos you’re making!

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Interview Videos
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How to shoot 2-person interview videos with your phone

Here’s a very simple solution to a really common problem. The problem is that when you are shooting 2-person interview videos with your phone – and you’re about arm’s length away from your phone – and you’re holding your phone, selfie-style – and you’re wanting to talk to your guest who’s right next to you. And the trouble is that you’re trying to get them in the shot and trying to get yourself in the shot – and when you get yourself in the shot, you loose them – and when you get them in the shot, you loose yourself.
And this is the problem.

So, how do you solve this problem?

interview videosWell, I use this very simple and really cool tool – the Techo universal HD lens – a wide angle lens for your phone. What you do is just clip the lens right onto your smartphone and it will give a really wide angle shot.

The lens gives a much wider view so that you can still be an arms length from your phone and still hold it selfie-style and now you’ll have lots of space in the shot for both you and your guest to talk to each other.

If you’re walking around with your phone and you’re wanting to give your viewers a tour of what’s going on around you, the wide angle lens is a great tool for showing everything around you. It’s particularly good for indoor spaces because it can help show an entire room. The video above was shot at Workbar, which is the shared workspace that I work in, and I can give you a view of the entire room once I have the wide angle lens attached.

If you like to learn this kind of video hack for making videos with your smartphone then join my Videomaking Mastermind group on Facebook. Other people are posting their videos and their experimentations and you can learn from what everyone else is doing as well as post your own stuff – and I’ll take a look at it and I’ll critique it and I’ll give you suggestions of how to make it even better.

So please join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/videomakingmastermind/

create change
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How to create change and transformation with video

What’s the biggest thing standing in the way of anyone wanting to create change in their life?

Your business solves a BIG problem – you help your clients make positive changes in their life – and that has huge value, right? So, when you start talking with prospective clients, you may be thinking that if you could just show them the great advantages of working with you, they’d be sure to do it. But describing your process or features, and even your benefits, may not do the trick – no matter how good a job you do of describing your work.

You’re fishing with awesome bait. Why won’t they bite?

The reason is… they don’t think it’s possible.

And this isn’t because they don’t believe you. It’s because they don’t believe in themselves. They don’t think they can do it. They’ve already tried a bunch of things to solve their problem – and it hasn’t worked. So they’ve giving up. They’ve settled for living with whatever version of chronic pain they’re dealing with…

What can you do to help them when they’ve become non-believers? …when they’ve lost their faith?

The answer is simple: tell them a good story.

Tell them a story about someone who is facing the same sort of challenges. Who tried many of the things they tried. Who maybe even gave up on themselves – but who found a solution (by doing your thing).

Why would a story work?

When you tell a story – and this works particularly well with video – the people watching and listening will relate to the character (the hero) of the story. And when the hero experiences pain or despair or triumph – your audience will have the same experience. 

This is the way our brains are wired. When you watch a film – and the main character is having an emotional experience – you experience the same emotions.

This ability is an evolutionary advantage that has been handed down to us since the time of humans sharing stories around a fire. When someone showed up with a story about how they met a tiger and then escaped without getting eating – we’d all pay very close attention – so we could learn about how not to get eaten by the tiger.

When you are able to give your audience the experience of the transformation you offer – a part of the solution to the problem your business serves – you help them believe that a solution is possible. And when they have the experience of possibility with you – you become very attractive. This is why a good story telling video works so well.

Create Change Case Study – Let Me Dance!

Watch the video (above) and you’ll see a group of silver haired women moving gracefully in an adult ballet class.

One by one, they each describe their experience of the class – and we witness their transformation – from feeling old and ordinary to feeling beautiful and able. Listening to the music, watching their movements, hearing their stories about their own transformation – helps us feel the same things they are feeling – gives us the same experience – and helps us believe that we, too, could move gracefully and be beautiful…

How did this video work its magic?

The video was made for an adult ballet class in a small town in the UK. The teacher wanted to attract more students so she engaged a local videographer. The ballet students were shot while they were dancing and also in one-on-one testimonial interviews.

We never hear from the teacher – only her students – who talk about their experience. There’s no script. The whole thing was shot with one camera and available light.

It proves how one simple video – one good story – can create change in our mindset. The dancing women transform – becoming beautiful and graceful before our eyes – making us believers. I couldn’t help thinking, “I hope I’m moving like that when I’m their age,” or better, “I could be moving like that right now!”

And it worked its magic on a multitude. The video has been seen over 1.7 million times on Facebook.

Two things to take away from this video:

1. Testimonial stories can be more powerful and persuasive than talking about what you do yourself.

2. If you pick a beautiful and inspiring story – people will share it (which is how this video has been seen so many times).

If you’d like to learn more about the kind of stories you could be telling to help your prospective clients believe that their transformation is possible, then join my FREE Videomaking Mastermind group on Facebook

It’s a supportive group to share ideas and inspiration with each other.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/videomakingmastermind/

Steady Video
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How to shoot steady video without a tripod

Here are my favorite smartphone steadycam hacks that will create remarkably steady video when your shooting with your smartphone, iphone or android. When you’re away from home and have an idea for shooting video with your smartphone, you probably aren’t carrying your tripod with you everywhere you go. So how do you get a really steady shot, of yourself or someone else, when you’re just holding your phone in your hands?

The first thing a lot of people do is that they hold their phone in the vertical position – as though they are going to take a picture.

And you don’t want to do this.

Turn your phone sideways and shoot in the horizontal mode. Everything is wide screen and so your video will look a lot better when you post it on social media in wide screen format.

When you’re holding your phone at arms length, it tends to move around – creating shaky video that’s hard to watch. So grab a hold of your phone with one hand (as shown in the video above) and bring your elbow into your chest which creates a very steady support for your camera.

You can use this when you’re interviewing someone and it’s solid as a rock and basically turns you into a human tripod.

A great tool for keeping your video steady is the Stayblcam which acts as a counter weight and allows you to move your phone to follow action shots – and keeps the camera steady and smooth throughout your shooting.

I’d love to see you try these techniques in your next video – and post your video in our Videomaking Mastermind group on Facebook