Tips for Live Streaming

Hello and in this post I’m going to be going over some streaming tips that I’ve learned over the years I’ve streamed on Twitch TV. From the start I want to say I don’t know everything so I will only be sharing what I do know. Hopefully with the five tips bellow, some practice, and a few videos which I found useful you’ll be off to a good start!

First I want to make it clear. Streaming on Twitch or any other platform is extremely competitive and unless you’re doing something different or unique it’s hard to stand out or get a footing on the platform. This has been a reality for many streamers I know for many years. If you’re going into this expecting to get somewhere don’t. In fact I’d say leave any expectations you have for your metrics at the door just before you hit start streaming.

Why?

To start you’re going to have no viewers if you’re just going live on the website without any friends or family to back you up. If you’re like myself at all and haven’t hit it off with the popular kids then you know what I mean. I’ll come back to gaining support from others for your channel but there is a very big reason why you shouldn’t look at your view count nor focus too hard on chat. 

The reason is that it can psychologically mess with you and make you feel like you’re wrong or something you’re doing is wrong when in fact you’re just fine. A viewer’s ability to find your channel depends on where you are at on the platform; specifically the game’s page. If you are the 300th streamer on the World of Warcraft section for example the typical viewer isn’t going to scroll all the way down the game page. This has to do with average viewer attention span.

According to this article on AdAge (click here to read that) the average viewer attention span is 10 seconds. This means that you have to constantly be doing something that makes your show interesting. What I like to do is talk about the projects I’m working on for the game I’m playing, or my blogs. If you don’t have your own content to talk about I’d recommend d checking out some popular topics for the game you’re playing before your stream and book-marking them.

Here are 5 Tips for Streaming:

1: Take Notes

Try to get in the habit of keeping a notepad open. Start a list of things you find interesting an hour before your stream. Go over that list during your stream and have a book-marked folder of content for that day’s stream. Be sure to put a mark next to an item on the notepad once you’ve discussed that during empty air time you’re filling in. If someone in your chat finds what you’re talking about interesting be sure to notate that next to the item and bring it up again he next time you see them in chat.

This shows that you’re paying attention to your chat and value what they have to say.

2: Bring Out Your Inner Monologue

Often times when I’m playing a game I will try to narrate what I am doing because it can be amusing when you run into an awkward obstacle or something fails completely. For example, in the World of Warcraft sometimes NPCs which are artificial simulated characters in the video game will bug out and do funny things. Things like saying follow me and then walking through a wall or falling through the ground. 

If a viewer is listening to your stream and hears you being baffled and lost all of a sudden that gives them time to tab back over and react to what is going on; they may even clip it.

3: Consider Streaming Major Feats for The Game You’re Streaming

People like to see amazing things that don’t happen every day. An example of that would be being the first documented player in the game you play to do something. In the World of Warcraft I was the first player to down Warchief Slyvanuss Windrunner as the opposing faction’s leader. So I went ahead and used the clipping feature on Twitch to record the accomplishment. 

Sometimes you’ve got to be creative and go out of your way to find something you can be the first at doing when a new expansion or version of your game is released. When a game releases new content you can usually find something that you can work towards being the first at doing. The best way to be successful at this is consider what other streamers aren’t doing. 

Even if you don’t have any viewers and pull some amazing off people are going to watch it. That can bring viewers to your channel and makes people interested in what you’re doing. 

4: Never Let Other Streamers or Viewers Downplay Your Accomplishments

You should be proud of your achievements and the things you’ve done to get where you are. There’s no reason to feel ashamed for being great and if someone is trying to bring you down it’s probably just them reflecting their insecurities or shortcoming onto you. 

If I’m either in chat or reading chat and I see this going on I just continue putting off good vibes and ignore it entirely. You choose how you feel and if someone has a problem with you feeling good that’s not your problem. It becomes your problem if you react or acknowledge it. The best thing to do is, look at it, look away to your notepad, and use some filler. If the person in chat replies to that then continue ignoring it to send the message that they’ve done something wrong. Reply to another person in chat if they make a comment on it to show you are working around them. 

Then if they ask why you’re not reading their chat explain to them why or have mods to do that job for you.

5: Cover Your Webcam’s Live Light

Most of my anxiety for a long time when I first started streaming came from the light on my web cam telling me someone is watching me. Now some people don’t have a problem with this but I find having the light shining at me made me feel somewhat uneasy. To break this anxiety I simply put some chewing gum over the light. I’d say if that isn’t something you want to do use tape or something adhesive but removable.

This made it easier for me to be more immersed in the content and with my inner monologue.

I hope you found some of this helpful and if you’ve got any questions or comments feel free to leave them down bellow.

Tips for Communication

Today I am writing this article to discuss communication with some tips on how you can keep track of everything said and remain on top of everything.

The main part of communication is becoming a good listener. This can be done by keeping a notepad going on your computer for any discussion you have with others regarding anything that you are responsible for. First off you want to break down your notes into folders which you can keep in your Documents section on your PC. Break it down by subject; work, school, a video game you play e.c.t..

Now that you have the folders setup start inviting people in and listening to what they have to say about various things. If your notes get complex and require you to come back to them I’d recommend breaking things down even further into more sub-folders to keep track of everything. For example, you could have a work folder and inside of that you could have several projects you’re working on and the notes associated with them.

Another important thing to do is identify what the action items are. Action items are things that require you to do something. One thing I like to do when I’m talking with someone and taking notes is at the end review the action items that I’ve put down on my notes. Then I ask those are all the action items correct?

What this does is it shows you were listening and it also means that you care about making sure whatever needs to get done is done. This has helped me on many occasions deal with people that I may have issues understanding or are speaking in advanced terminology. Afterwards I’m able to investigate the action items myself to the furthest extent I can and ask the right questions if I do need to ask questions.

I hope you you found this useful and I will write little bits like this every now and then when I have the time. That’s today’s post but if you’d like to see tomorrow’s be sure to checkout Zinrockin.com daily and follow me @ZinrockinDotCom on Twitter!

-Zin