How to Prepare for an Online Show (A Beginner’s Guide)

Planning for a broadcast can be an overwhelming activity and I thought it would be interesting to show how I went about preparing for a show, so here is a Beginner’s Guide How to Prepare for an Online Showplanning for an online show

How to Prepare for an Online Show
I use a journal (an old accounting ledger, recycled) to put my thoughts on paper.  I find that typing it out and writing it out are not the same for me and I seem to process the information better, because it’s being reinforced, using a pen.  I may not necessarily demo in the order as it is written in my journal.  I like to stay flexible and depending on my mood or mood of my audience I may move things around. 
TIP #1: ALWAYS BE FLEXIBLE!    *i.e. I  did not do the wire demo
How to Prepare for an Online Show
I start to plan out what I want to accomplish, make rough notes, and then come back and add notes and important information with each demo/step.  i.e. If there is a corresponding slide to show as I am demonstrating, I have the file name listed in the margin, so I don’t have to hunt for the correct file while broadcasting. Or if I am going to provide a free template – a reminder to do so.  I will also make notes about the show as it is in progress; what’s working/what isn’t and also what the prize for the night is and the name of the winners.  The journal becomes my bible and an excellent reference document.
How to Prepare for an Online Show
I decided which craft I wanted to show first (plaster molds) and after covering my workspace and marking the camera coverage area with tape, I got the supplies ready.
How to Prepare for an Online Show
How to Prepare for an Online Show
How to Prepare for an Online Show
How to Prepare for an Online Show
How to Prepare for an Online Show
I spent over one hour setting up the audio-visual component of the show. Well, my poorly paid, live-in Tech Support person, spent even longer getting me set up.  When we discovered the sound was unsatisfactory coming from my craft cam, he muted the speakers and attached a hand-held microphone to the tripod which really picked up the sound.  After a sound-check we discovered that neither speaker could be on because they would squeal. The solution: headphones for me. The problem? Well, the ear buds worked, HOWEVER when I was on my craft cam I experienced a 2-second delayed echo in my ear: now THAT was a challenge. I then had to ‘go into the room’ and make sure everything worked in there.
How to Prepare for an Online Show
Gallery Glass Demo Holding Area
How to Prepare for an Online Show
The paper is strong enough that I can pick up the entire sheet and carry it to my craft table.

And that was the short version! I hope you found it interesting and/or helpful, and I would love your comments.


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