This Week on Livestream | May 8, 2017

Tune in as President Jimmy Carter and Senator Bernie Sanders talk at The Carter Center, Amy Goodman debuts her new book at the Free Library and The New School, and 25 trumpet legends fight back against cancer at Cancer Blows 2017.


Pres. Jimmy Carter & Sen. Bernie Sanders in Conversation | The Forum on Women, Religion, Violence, and Power at The Carter Center
Monday, May 8
6:20 PM ET
“Held during the Human Rights Defenders Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, May 6-9, 2017.”

Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America | Author Events
Monday, May 8
7:30 PM ET
“After more than 20 years of bringing attention to progressive issues underreported by the mainstream media, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! program now airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,400 radio stations throughout the world, and the internet. Goodman’s five New York Times bestselling books include Breaking the Sound Barrier and her newest work, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. Now she returns to the Free Library to analyze and contextualize the last year’s tempestuous political events.”

ADL National Leadership Summit 2017 – DAY 3 | Anti-Defamation League
Tuesday, May 9
11:50 AM ET
“Tune in for the final day of the Anti-Defamation League’s National Leadership Summit. Featuring Keynote Speaker Senator Marco Rubio.”

Death, Sex & Money Live with Kevin Bacon | The Greene Space
Tuesday, May 9
7 PM ET
“Join host Anna Sale for an intimate conversation with Golden Globe-winning actor Kevin Bacon. They will talk about his life and career that spans from Animal House to his new Amazon series.”

Livestream Turns 10: Ask our Founders Anything!
Wednesday, May 10
1:30 PM ET
“Now is your chance to ask Livestream’s founders anything. Livestream is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and we want you to join us for a very special webinar. Tune in for an “Ask Me Anything” Livestream Learn with Livestream’s founders – Max Haot, Mark Kornfilt, Phil Worthington, and Dayananda Nanjundappa.”

The Legends Return | CancerBlows 2017
Wednesday, May 10
8 PM ET
CancerBlows was meant to be a once-in-a-lifetime musical event bringing together legendary trumpet players in a special Concert and After-Party. Trumpeters including Doc Severinsen from The Tonight Show, Lee Loughnane from Chicago, Arturo Sandoval, former trumpet players from Canadian Brass gathered to play a concert in Meyerson Symphony Center on March 4, 2015 to help Ryan Anthony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet and former Canadian Brass member, raise money for cancer research. The CancerBlows concert returns to Dallas on Wednesday featuring returning headliners Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Loughnane (Chicago) and adding Dave Matthews Band trumpeter, Rashawn Ross.”

Intersectional Activism in the Age of Trump: Kimberlé Crenshaw and Eve Ensler | Hammer Museum
Thursday, May 11
10:30 PM ET
“Tony Award–winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler and renowned legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw lead a revolutionary conversation and offer strategies for surviving the current political climate as anti-racist feminists. Using the intersectional, inclusive framework at the heart of campaigns like Say Her Name, Why We Can’t Wait, and One Billion Rising, these two feminist icons address some of the most urgent questions facing our nation.”

Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America – A Talk by Journalist Amy Goodman | The New School
Friday, May 12
7 PM ET
“Join The New School for a talk and book signing with award-winning international journalist Amy Goodman on her sixth New York Times bestselling book, Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America.”

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.