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5 Easy Steps to Broadcast Your Event on the Internet

5 Easy Steps to Broadcast Your Event on the Internet

Live streaming is a great way for anyone to allow off-site guests to attend any event. When you stream your event live on the internet, you allow anyone to participate in your event from anywhere in the world as long as they have an internet connection. It’s a great way to expand your audience at live events, get noticed or even let far-away friends and family participate in your big day.

There are a lot of great apps that you can use to broadcast depending on the device you own or your goals. One of the easiest ways to use live streaming is with YouTube. YouTube is free, offers simple options and advanced settings and has a highly rated video service that you can rely on. It also works on almost every internet-enabled device from computers to tablets to phones. You just need the free apps or website installed on your device and a great internet connection.

On-Air: How to Broadcast Your Event

Broadcasting your event live is a straightforward process and requires only five simple steps:

1. Set up your service

To use YouTube, you need to verify your account and ensure that your account is in good standing. You can verify your account by adding a phone number and using phone verification. To check if you’re in good standing, navigate to the ‘Status and Features’ section of your account. As long as you have violated community rules or committed copyright infringement, you’ll be good to go.

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If you’re using the fast option, you will then link your Google+ profile to a YouTube channel. If you don’t have a Google+ profile, it only takes a few minutes to set up.

The last preliminary step is to make sure your channel is enabled for live events. You can enable by navigating back to the ‘Status and Features’ section of your account.

2. Prepare your event

Once your channel is ready, it is time to set up your event. Start by navigating to the ‘Live Events’ section of your Video Manager. Once there, click on ‘Create live event.’

You need to fill in some basic information about your event. You’ll need:

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  • Title
  • Description
  • Key word tags
  • Date
  • Start and end times

You’ll also need to decide how secure you want the event to be. You can create an even that is entirely open to the public. Alternatively, you can choose the private setting which requires you to invite guests to the event.

Another option allows you to create a public event that is ‘unlisted’ so that you don’t have to invite guests but the event also won’t be promoted. This is a great option in the event that you want to keep things private but don’t want to enter a lot of names or email addresses into the system.

3. Customize your stream

One of the great things about the YouTube platform is that you can configure your event to match your requirements. In ‘Advanced Settings’ you can add a live chat feed and manage your recording preferences.

You should also use these settings to find the best category for your event to fall in, particularly if it’s a public event. The better you are able to describe the event, the easier it will be for people to find you.

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You can also embed the URL of the event into your own website. This provides another way for viewers to join in.

4. Test the event

Before the big day, you will want to test your event. Get started by choosing ‘Start Hangout on Air.’ From here, you’ll download the plugins and enable the settings required for a successful stream.

Once this happens, your webcam will launch. Use the demo to test your equipment, including your camera and microphone, which is typically apart of your web cam. Check out how well your YouTube stream functions and play around with where your web cam and mic will be placed during the event.

This is also a good time to test your internet speed. Your live stream won’t function properly if you don’t have the bandwidth to support it and this should be considered before the event goes live.

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You might not realize it, but if you plan to broadcast wirelessly, you will incur a much heavier load on your network than you would using your phone to stream regular content over WiFi. If you are receiving week broadcast signals, try to set up your equipment using a signal booster system design for optimal broadcast quality.

5. Stream

When you’re ready to go, open the event and press the green button that says ‘Start broadcast.’ The event will then record and everyone watching can see and hear you straight from your YouTube channel. When you’re done, simply press the ‘Stop broadcast’ button.

One of the things people like most about using YouTube is that the event is recorded. It then goes on your YouTube channel for you to review. You can then edit it and share it with anyone who couldn’t attend. You can also make it public or private and post it on your channel for your followers to see.

Whether you’re building a brand or including a faraway friend in a birthday celebration, live streaming is a simple and fun way to share what’s happening in your life with the world.

Featured photo credit: wetribe via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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