Must-Have Live Stream Equipment
Have you ever thought about going Live, but were worried because you thought you needed expensive equipment? For anyone new to live stream, I wanted to let you know what I use. The fancy equipment might be nice to have after a while, however the list of live stream equipment must-haves is actually very short.
The first thing that you need to have for your live stream broadcast is a phone, whether it is an android or an iPhone. I know sometimes they’ve got a few new apps that do let you go live from your desktop, but it’s always good to have a phone because a lot of times you want to turn it around, show either yourself or show something off that you’re talking about.
The second thing you’re going to want to do is have your app on your phone, whether you’re going live in Facebook live, on Periscope or using Twitter to go live on Periscope, or if you’re doing Instagram stories or right here on YouTube. So make sure you have that app on your phone so that you can go live.
The next thing that you need for your live stream broadcast is YOU! You need to make sure you are there and doing your live stream and getting to know your audience and having your audience get to know you. That is the best part about live stream, it allows you to talk directly to your customers. You don’t have to go through any third party, tell them to do anything, you are right there for them to see you, to ask questions.
This is really what live stream is all about: your audience. You’re building your community and they get to know you, they get to like you, and then trust you. When you build that trust that’s when you build your community and you also gain your clients and customers.
Once you have your phone, your app, and yourself, those are the three main things you need to have for your live stream broadcast. Everything else it’s just icing, and it’s not required to have anything else.
Done is better than Perfect!
You don’t need to worry about anything being perfect. For instance, if you’re doing something and you say, “The light is not perfect, I’m not going to do my live stream.” No – DO IT! Get used to doing your live stream and getting in front of the camera and reaching your customers. The best part about live stream is you build your community, they get to know you, they get to like you, and then they get to trust you. That’s when you gain customers and clients and you build your community.
There are two other things that I think are always a plus. The first thing is your tripod. Your tripod is really good so you don’t have to necessarily be holding the phone all of the time, you can use your tripod.
The second thing is a lavalier or mic. A lavalier is really great, especially if you’re outside and it’s windy. A lot of times if it’s really windy, your audience can’t hear what you’re saying, so it’s good to have a lavalier because that picks up the sound really well.
Bonus Tip for Live Stream Equipment
Now that you know what Live Stream Equipment you need to have to “Go Live”, you may still be a bit nervous about being in front of the camera. One thing that you can try for your first few broadcasts is to simply show your products and not be on camera yourself. The screen does turn around, so you can start it off showing what’s in front of you instead of being on camera!
It’s always great to be on camera to introduce yourself and tell everyone who you are. If you need to get used to live streaming by not being on camera, do that a few times and then try starting off with the camera on yourself and introducing yourself first.
Let me know what other live stream equipment you like to use in the comments below!
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