First and foremost, I want to thank Laura Filipowicz, Carolyn West and Aubrye Foote for producing such a beautiful event. Even as a presenter (round table session leader) I got so much out of this conference! The supportive community of ConnectHer as a whole has made the experience extra special since day one. Yes, I believe that Connect Her Media Conference wasn’t a one day event, and it isn’t over. The Facebook group and the friendships made will continue on with sharing and announcements and gratitude until ConnectHer17 and beyond!
In the Live video above, I quickly went through the points that I made at my session that I presented for Livestreaming Tips for Business. They are really great tips for anyone who wants to try live streaming or recording video online.
Here I will share the slides and the tips as well as the resources for those of you who would like to have access to them.
Below that, I will share my photos and comments from the ConnectHer Conference. It was a fabulous event! I am already registered for next year, and I will be submitting an application to present again. It was such an honor to share my passion project with other women who are passionate about making a difference in their own journey.
ConnectHer is a networking opportunity. It is what we do. I remember the first blogging event I attended, and everyone passed around their business card. It is a status symbol. I have made something of myself, I am representing my business, I have arrived!
I collected the cards from all the attendees at my table, and I used them to draw winners for prizes that I brought with me. That was fun! And now, I can follow up with each of them!
The Self Interview is what I use for an introduction on live stream and video. It is important to introduce yourself often so new followers learn who you are and what you are about. We need to make it fresh and interesting for those who have been watching us online for a long time, too. So, with the standard introduction memorized, add a little tidbit of what you are doing in your personal life to add some zest to the presentation.
Answer these questions and memorize your responses. Say it a few times and then record it and watch it. See how you look and sound.
What is your name? Why are you here? What do you do?
In our group discussions, I asked each participant to introduce themselves to the person sitting next to them using the information they wrote down on a 3 x 5 card. They also chatted a few moments about why they are attending the conference.
Then, I asked them to trade cards and fill in between the lines – what they remembered the other person shared about themselves that made an impression. They gave the cards back and I explained that they should add comments like that when they introduce themselves online. This is the first step in sharing who you are with your audience. This is how they get to know you.
You guessed it! I talked about how I always put on red lipstick before I go on camera. That is like my uniform. It makes me feel like I am ready to present myself, and I am ready to “BE” Miz Meliz. When we feel confident about how we look we can put our “best face” forward. This helps our audience to like us. There will always be someone else who is successful on livestream broadcasting who has worse hair, teeth, and lighting. Maybe they don’t care about those things because they are so fired up about what they are telling you. A little lipstick goes along way for me to get over myself and get online. For you, it might be a cup of coffee, a bouquet of flowers, a scarf, or a hat. Just add a little flair and show the beautiful person you are on the inside.
There are many platforms to choose from these days for live streaming and online video. I have used and watch all of these (and more!) – –
It is a little ridiculous, isn’t it? There are so many options. How could I possibly decide what I like best and tell you what you should use. There is no way. Each one offers different features and are good for different reasons. Some of these aren’t even available anymore or are not supported. If you are truly new and nervous about live video, I suggest trying Meerkat first. It is easy and a good place to get some feedback. That is where I started and it worked for me.
My best advice for starting a live stream or vlog, is to use the platform where you spend the most time. Go to where you feel most comfortable and where your followers and supporters are. For me, that’s Facebook. That is why I am so excited that Facebook has livestreaming with chat now, and is soon there will be the option of meeting with other live streamers and have a two person online experience. That is my bag baby! I love to interact with my friends and interview people to get to know them!
I asked each participant to write down any questions they had about live streaming and online video. They turned in their cards and I will post their questions here. (Edit note: find cards and enter questions and answers here!) Stay tuned.
I do recall some of the questions, like what to do if your wifi is spotty and which is better – live or video? I can get into details on those and all the questions in a “part two” post.
I learned about the six or seven word sentence when I went to my very first blogger conference years ago. It was Bloggy Boot Camp. This stayed with me because it is so important to create well thought out and concise titles for all of our content. It helps when choosing key words or tags for our posts, it helps when sharing and tweeting, it helps with clarity and professionalism. Keep it simple. Use six or seven main words to describe your content. Have it at the ready to make it easy to enter a title when you are live streaming on the fly!
Think of a phrase or sentence that describes you and/or your business using a maximum of seven words. Practice saying that sentence outloud. Memorize it. Record yourself saying it. This is your “intention statement.” This is the basis for all of your titles of content going forward. You can change it up for different themes and subjects.
Another tidbit I shared is something I do to keep things fresh while consistent. Every week I set an intention or share a theme for the week. I encourage you to plan your themes in advance and keep up with sharing them. List as many terms, phrases, concepts, or adjectives that describe you and/or your business. Get your calendar and plot out what you will be talking about each week. (Year, Season, Month, Week, Day, Hour!)
When it is time to share the theme for the week, share what that word means to you. Say it a few times. Memorize it. Share it live and on all your social media platforms throughout the week. Come up with ways to incorporate your theme in everything you do all week.
I use oracle cards or conversation cards to randomly select topics and issues that I want to discuss for each week. I write them in my planner. I snapchat on Mondays and share what the theme is for that week. I draw or color something, write a poem, create a meme, post a photo, write a blog post, make a video – – every day I use that theme to help me share a story or a message on all the social media platforms. Same message. Different package. Consistent. Fresh. That’s how I do it! Let me know what works for YOU.
If you are interested in learning about the Elevator Speech (commonly known as the Elevator Pitch) check out the video above. I talked about it and gave examples.
This is the point in my presentation where I reviewed the questions and answered or demonstrated any particular inquiries. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, or email me at mizmeliz @ yahoo . com
I made some hand-painted glass bubble magnets and brought along some necklaces with handcrafted glass pendants that I gave to the participants in my sessions. It was fun to share what I have accomplished and made using my creativity and sparkle! I encourage you to check out my designs here on mizmeliz as well as on Instagram, Twitter, and Etsy. I also have my artwork on RedBubble where you can order items like phone covers, posters, t-shirts, bags, and pillows with my designs!
All in all, it was a lovely day and a great way to meet people! I am happy with the presentation I gave and I hope I inspired you to try livestreaming for your business. Be sure to read my post on ConnectHer Media.com about the Top Five Reasons Live Streaming Works for Business.
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I sampled (okay, pigged out on!) some amazing BBQ and beer at the American Family Housing event in Huntington Beach yesterday. You can still make it out there and enjoy a day at the beach, the best competition barbecue, and beer from BJ’s Brewery until 5 pm today. Plus there is a classic car show and music festival!
You know how when you go to a fair, anything goes when it comes to eating and trying new things? Pretty much everything imaginable is offered on a stick, right? Well the Ribs Pigs and Watermelon BBQ has all the others beat! Hands down. The best corn on the cob, slow cooked wrapped in bacon skewered and dipped in drawn butter. Oh Em gee! I have gone to Heaven!! Bacon Heaven!
A very close second to the bacon wrapped corn on a stick was the Waffle Cone filled with Mac n Cheese, BBQ Pork, Mashed Potatoes and BBQ Sauce! Ah-maze-ing!
My absolute favorite is a good ole baby back rib. And Team Awesome did not disappoint! This was so good, I wanted to keep gnawing on that bone all day. I didn’t use the word, “awesome” the rest of the day because that one rib owned it! Definitely the most awesome ribs ever!!
To wash down all the BBQ was beer sponsored by BJs Brewery. I loved the Blonde Ale (I was blonde for a few weeks this summer so I felt entitled!)
All the proceeds from the event goes to an amazing effort by the American Family Housing organization to provide sustainable homes for homeless veterans. It’s not too late to make it out to Huntington Beach and support the American Family Housing event!
AMERICAN FAMILY HOUSING PRESENTS:
Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons BBQ Competition, Music Festival and Car Show
5th Annual Event to Support Homeless Veterans and Families in Southern California
WHAT: Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons – Pro BBQ Competition, Music Festival and Car Show is a fundraising event for American Family Housing (AFH) that raises awareness and critical funds to support homeless veterans, families and individuals in Orange, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. With 35 of the top nationally ranked professional BBQ teams competing, this event is more than just a culinary extravaganza. New this year is an all-day reggae festival on Saturday, featuring some of California’s best reggae bands: Pato Banton and the Now Generation, Arise Roots, CAL1FA, Special Blend and others. Friday night’s music features country bands, and Sunday will showcase classic rock bands. Other activities for the entire family include a classic and hot rod car show, kids activities, watermelon- and rib-eating contests, live music, craft beers and the nation’s best BBQ all weekend long.
WHY: While many areas of our country are experiencing decreases in the numbers of homeless veterans, Southern California is seeing an unsettling and unacceptable increase. Bleak as this may sound, there is still hope, and AFH plans to take the lead with Potter’s Lane, an innovative project in Midway City that will provide energy-efficient and sustainable housing for chronically homeless veterans. To learn more about the Potters Lane development, visit: www.afhusa.org/potterslane.
WHEN: August 5-7, 2016
Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Country music bands)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (BBQ competition and reggae festival)
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Car show and classic rock bands)
WHERE: Huntington State Beach
Beach Blvd. and PCH, Lot 10
EVENT WEBSITE: For more information, visit www.afhusa.org/rpwbbq.
MEDIA CONTACT: Please contact Leslie Licano at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule interviews or confirm event attendance.