Welcome back, guys, girls and all gamers in-between!
Last we discussed the key things you must do before you push the button and this week we are going to be pushing the button. I am not going to dwell on the previous weeks; we have discussed the range of things you need to do to prepare your stream. This week is all about the event itself.
Once you push the button, you are on stream, and you can now call yourself a streamer. Before any of the tips and tricks to come, first and foremost enjoy your game. People will be visiting your stream from across the world. They want to see you thoroughly engaged and enjoying the game you are playing.
Before you Push the Button Some things to remember…..
There a few things you can miss while you are streaming and although missing the odd one isn’t the be-all and end-all. It will certainly put people off revisiting you should these misdemeanors continue. Here is a small list of prompt to avoid alienating your audience.
- Keep an eye on your chatbox and alert – I always have them at the forefront of your stream. Streamlabs OBS allows you to adjust the order of various sources on your display stream. Move anything interactive to the front.
- Commentate – Describe your actions on stream. People are watching Twitch because they enjoy watching people stream and with that comes the commentary.
- Have your stream open – We all know the internet can drop at the most inappropriate time. Having a stream free allows you to detect this. You also get to see what they see. Big tip: Don’t have your sound on the stream you have open. It will course a never-ending loop.
- Mind your manners – Don’t forget your P’s and Q’s. I know we British have a reputation for being embarrassingly polite however people like to be appreciated if you are kind to people who tip, watch or share your stream. They will likely do it again.
- Keep the drama to a minimum – You may think the scene makes me people tune in. But things like arguing with your audience even if they are complete morons will only go badly for you. Consider the wider world. Research suggests it takes 40 positive reviews to undo the effect of 1 negative review. Even from a personal perspective, I know I am more likely to leave a negative review for lousy service than a positive review for excellent service.
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Lessons in talking
I know it is difficult to get people talking, and you should be grateful to every lurker that comes your way. However, your channel will not grow until you get people interactive and start to build relationships.
Like any good conversationalist, you should ask open questions. Get them to do all the talking. Allowing you to concentrate on the game more but also tells your audience you care about what they have to say. People often talk about what makes a great communicator. It isn’t about talking; it is about listening to what the other people have to say.
It goes without saying to steer clear of overly divisive topics such as politics and social issues. There is always someone you can upset with these topics and you should avoid being too sensitive about topics that you find emotive. There are plenty of mediums for that.
There are plenty of things to avoid while streaming. Here are a few examples in this video. I am going to trust that despite being readers of this idiot’s guide to streaming, you have some semblance of common sense.
Check out the video below. Some seriously stupid and some severe and scary stuff that goes down on twitch, make sure you are not one of them.
Next week we discuss things evaluating your stream and improving for next time.
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