Tips On How To Do a Facebook Live

Tips On How To Do A Facebook Live!

Have you seen other people doing Facebook Live and wondered if you can do it? Well, as a non-techy Baby Boomer, I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN! I was nervous the first time I got on live to an audience, even after practicing with the “just me” setting a couple of times. But if you want to show folks how to do something, it’s definitely better than just shooting a video all by yourself as it’s more personal.

And, if you don’t like it when you’re finished – DELETE! Poof. Gone! But I have to tell you, making mistakes makes you more human to your audience and the more natural you are, the more relatable you are.

Here is what I’ve found and tips on how to make this happen for you.

~ First and foremost, make sure your phone is charged! I went to do a Facebook live last week and looked at my phone and it was about 35% power, so I quickly plugged it in. That’s just not something you want to have to worry about.

~ Also, have a clock handy, or some way to tell the time besides your phone, if you have told people you are starting at a certain time. At least on my phone, once I go to facebook and live video feed, I cannot see the time. You also need to get on a little early to type in your topic, and you don’t want to get that done and be wondering if it’s time to start. You also don’ want to be late starting when you’ve told people when you’ll be on, and yet you don’t want to be too early because you’ll have several dead minutes in the beginning where you are talking to yourself. Don’t ask me how I know this.

Now I have an IPhone 5S. We are due to upgrade soon so I don’t know if it’s different on the newer models. If you go on your phone and things are different, please email me at or message me on Facebook, as I will be glad to add difference instructions to this blog post.

~ To get started = go to the Facebook App on your phone. Then go to where you make a status update and you’ll see the ‘Live Video” with a camera icon choice for one way to make a status update. Click on that.

~ Your camera will come up. Now below your name, you’ll see where you can change it from Public to friends – all the same choices you have for status updates.

Change it to “ONLY ME”. This way you can practice. and get comfortable with the process. You can choose to save it afterwards or delete it.

~ Next it says “Describe your live video – this is where you type in your topic. Like any headline, you want to make sure it’s interesting to folks so you will attract an audience.

~ And then you go live. The button is there, so I know you can handle that.

~ Facebook gives you a countdown before starting the actual live feed and then you will get messages that Facebook is gathering your audience. They want you to be successful with this, so they try and help you.

~ Another tip I have found helpful is to “advertise” your Facebook Live on your profile and pages to give folks a heads up. You can even do this starting 24 hours ahead of time. It is also suggested that you set a regular time each day or week that you are going to be doing a regular facebook live. This way people expect it and know to be on if they want to hear what you have to say. Regular broadcasts are important if you are looking to build a following.

You also want to keep reminding your audience, maybe 2 hours before, an hour before, 15 minutes before you start since folks hop on and off all day.

~ Know that it takes a few minutes for your “audience” to gather. And that can feel very awkward. Be prepared with something to say while your audience is gathering. Otherwise when FB reposts the video, there is a lot of dead time in the beginning. I can show you my first FB Live to prove that.

~ Talk into the camera. Look at the camera. This is true with all videos. You want your audience to know that you are talking to them. You want them to feel that you are specifically reaching out to them personally. You can even pick out someone you know who’s on and talk right to them so that you are personable. You don’t have to mention their name, this is to help you make this whole process feel more conversational.

By the way, I have learned a tremendous amount about making videos and video marketing from Mark Harbert. If you want to delve into this further, I highly recommend you check out some of Mark’s products such as No Fear Video Marketing System. He walks you step by step through everything dealing with making videos, setting up your youtube channel, and marketing with your videos. No detail is left to chance.

~ You will get a notice before the video area as soon as people are on – so start talking to them. Welcome them to the call. Ask them to share to bring more folks on. Ask them a question so they make comments. While they can’t talk to you, which is kinda weird, you can still interact with them.

~ Be prepared with what you are going to say, at least in an outline, so you don’t ramble. You want to honor folks’ time. It’s easy to get distracted with people coming on and leaving and making comments, so have a plan.

You will also feel better if you know what you want to say. And don’t feel bad about looking at your notes!

Make sure a part of those notes is a reminder to introduce yourself and let people know how they can get in touch with you and follow you.

Repeat your points and your contact information at the end, because people are going to come on throughout the time and miss part of what you’re saying. You can even repeat in the middle and then again at the end.

So within your notes – write a note to yourself to repeat the main points. It’s REALLY easy to forget to do this.

~ Please consider that your purpose here is giving value to folks. And if you do that, they will join you. And then, you can save the videos and keep repurposing them. I download and edit out dead spots. I will be putting this video on my facebook page. on my youtube channel. I wrote this blog post about it to share. I will post on Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest. It will be out there for people to watch and learn and share.

For you fellow Baby Boomers, again I say, if I can do it, you can do it. So depending on your niche, I highly recommend it.

And make sure you do a “call to action” as to how folks can get in touch with you.

But mainly, have fun. Be casual and make it feel like everyone is just sitting in the room together chatting.

Thanks for watching and have a great day!

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