This Week on Livestream | June 26, 2017

Watch live as Janet Mock visits The Greene Space, Megyn Kelly sits down with Douglas Brunt at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the women of Workday join Michael Krigsman for CXOTALK.


How I Got Over: A Conversation with Janet Mock | The Greene Space
Monday, June 26
7 PM ET
“Janet Mock continues to chronicle her journey as a writer, TV host and advocate in her new memoir, Surpassing Certainty. In this follow-up to her 2014 bestselling Redefining Realness, Mock revisits her young adulthood as she learns how to navigate her trans identity and advocate for herself, so that she could go on to advocate for others.”

Douglas Brunt | Trophy Son in conversation with Megyn Kelly | Author Events
Monday, June 26
7:30 PM ET
Ghosts of Manhattan, Douglas Brunt’s New York Times bestselling debut novel, took ‘a smart shot at the absurdity of Wall Street and the long fall that brought us all down’ (Kirkus). His latest work, Trophy Son, takes on the equally ruthless dynamic of father-son relationships in our achievement-consumed society. Brunt will be joined in conversation by his wife, former Fox News and current NBC journalist Megyn Kelly.”

WeWork Creator Awards: Austin | WeWork
Tuesday, June 27
6 PM ET
“‘Create Your Life’s Work’ is more than a mantra to WeWork — it’s a way of life. Through 2017 and beyond, WeWork will be hosting events around the world to recognize and reward those who are thinking in new ways, building fresh projects, and achieving real change.”

Post-screening Q&A: United in Anger: A History of ACT UP | Hammer Museum
Wednesday, June 28
12 AM ET
“Post-screening Q&A with producer, writer, and historian Sarah Schulman.”

Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II by Ambassador Frank Lavin | World War II Museum
Wednesday, June 28
7 PM ET
“Carl Lavin was a high school senior when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Home Front to Battlefront is the tale of a young foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home.”

Black Art Jazz Collective | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Wednesday, June 28
7:30 PM ET
“The Collective performs fiery, expert post-bop originals dedicated to African American icons. Their first-ever performance was at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola back in 2013, and Dizzy’s is very excited to have them back!”

Following the Light: Learn to Make Beautiful Light with your Speedlites | bheventspace
Thursday, June 29
4 PM ET
“Whether it is in a dark chapel, a reception hall or a fashion portrait in the middle of nowhere, small lights can go a long way when you use them right. Join Jared Platt and Canon for a lecture and demo that will start you on a new path to breathtaking light.”

Workday: Women in Tech | CXOTALK
Friday, June 30
1 PM ET
“Workday is an important player in the enterprise SaaS market, with consistently high customer satisfaction scores and recognition for being a great place to work. Workday also holds the distinction of having four female C-level executives. On this episode Michael Krigsman speaks with all four these execs, discussing their roles and how they collaborate.”

5 Tips for Streaming Live Interviews

Bringing a guest speaker onto your live show is a great way to add insight and expertise to your regular programming. With new solutions arriving on the market every day, streaming live interviews is more popular than ever. Gone are the days of pricey flights and complicated scheduling. Now anyone can invite a guest to join their live broadcast, from wherever they are.

Getting Started Streaming Live Interviews

Streaming live interviews can be intimidating, but you don’t have to be Terry Gross to conduct a great live interview. With our tools and tips, you can get started streaming live interviews right away.

1. Finding a Remote Interview Solution

The most important things to consider when choosing a remote interview solution are reliability, video/audio quality, and ease of use. Video conferencing software is a popular choice for beginners, but it isn’t always ideal for a live broadcast. A dedicated live interview solution is the right tool for the job.

Many streaming solutions, like Livestream Studio software, include a live interview function. Adding a live interview in Livestream Studio is very simple: if your guest has a webcam and the Google Chrome browser, you can send them a unique URL generated by the Studio software. When they open the URL, it will automatically activate their camera and send a signal to your Studio software, giving you both the ability to chat in real time.

2. Testing Your Workflow

Before you go live for the first time, test your live interview workflow. Ask your guest if they can join you for a remote “rehearsal” so you can troubleshoot ahead of your broadcast. During your rehearsal, make sure to test your camera and audio equipment, your streaming encoder, and – most importantly – your internet connection.

This last component is especially important. Both you and your interview subject should connect to a dedicated network if available. Connecting via ethernet, instead of WiFi, adds much-needed stability to your live broadcast. Without a reliable network connection, your live interview could have stuttering, buffering, and drop-outs, making it hard to have a smooth conversation.

3. Practice Makes Perfect

Your first live interview might have a few hiccups, but that’s to be expected. Try running a test stream, and monitoring it online, so you can better understand what your audience will see. After testing your workflow, try practicing your interview techniques with a friend or colleague. If you have questions for your interview subject, run through them so they seem second-nature on the day of your show. With enough practice, you’ll feel confident about having a conversation on camera with your guest.

4. Looking Good, Feeling Great

With live video, you only get one chance to make a first impression. When you’re streaming live interviews, it’s important to put your best foot (or face) forward.

Before you start streaming, take the time to bring your space to life. You don’t need to rig heavy lights or contend with cumbersome equipment. Even adding a few simple LED lights will make your video softer and more evenly lit.

If your guest doesn’t have access to a dedicated space, ask them to find a well-lit, well-appointed location to conduct their interview. If additional lighting isn’t an option, recommend a place with soft, indirect lighting (think table lamps). Overhead lighting, especially the fluorescent kind, can make you and your subject look wan and high-contrast.

5. Creating a Distribution Strategy

You’ve just wrapped up a great interview, but what happens next? It’s time to start thinking about your distribution strategy. It’s important to continue the conversation with your viewers so you can promote your next live show, and encourage your audience to tune in next time.

With your Livestream account, you can easily maintain an archive of your live shows. You can share the video on-demand of your live event on all of your social channels. Each video on-demand comes with its own unique embed code so you can post the interview to your – and your guest’s – website. You can also download the video itself and edit your show into bite-sized pieces of content.

If your interview guest has a following of their own, ask them to share your video on-demand to their fans and followers. Livestream uses this strategy with our webinar series, Livestream Learn. After the show ends, we write a blog post around the event, with a call-to-action to watch the full show in each post.

Ready for Your Close-Up

These five tips for streaming live interviews are just the beginning. As you continue to grow and learn, your live video strategy will evolve too. Remember to set aside time before and after your live broadcast to test your equipment, rehearse your show, and stay in touch with your audience. You’ll master the art of the interview in no time!

Want to learn more about getting started with streaming live interviews?

Check out our webinar with CXOTALK founder Michael Krigsman to learn how one independent uses Livestream to interview leading entrepreneurs in technology and business.