I Attended a Live-Streamed Conference from the Comforts of my Own Home…

Hello Live Conference is Live Streamed

The level of interactivity that live-streaming achieves is mind-blowing. You are sitting in front of a smartphone, laptop screen, tablet or other mobile device…recording yourself in real-time. From simply speaking on a single topic for 90 minutes straight to doing a makeup tutorial to preparing a recipe to selling products, the possibilities are endless. No filters. No editing. Just complete vulnerability…and hopefully a sigh of relief, confidence built, and a smile on your face at the end of each session.

As a blogger or entrepreneur, the authenticity and transparency of what you have to say, demonstrate, market or sell is magnified and verified by the real-time connections that platforms such as Facebook Live, Periscope and Busker provide. The technology and opportunities to live-broadcast in this manner are new and constantly progressing; and I had the pleasure of attending an event that provided an awesome introduction, inside look, and blueprint on how to venture into the world of live-streaming videos – the Hello Live Interactive Live-Streamed Conference.

Hello Live Conference 2016

I can honestly say that participating in the conference has encouraged me to expand my blogging horizons, and really step outside of my comfort zone. As a freelance writer who has fully embraced a lifestyle centered on ‘being behind the scenes,’ live-streaming initially feels like leaping into a fiery pit of uncertainty and self-consciousness. I feel that I have an engaging presence (in person) in addition to having valuable information and insight to share, but I hate the sound of my recorded voice and I’m prone to ‘brain farts,’ so I’m not sure where that leaves me.

Anyhow, I learned a great deal from attending Hello Live, and while the amount of information is way too much to note here, I’d like to share the following speakers and takeaways that personally stood out for me:

Hello Live Conference 2016 Day One Speakers

Day 1

Gina Luker (from The Shabby Creek Cottage & Blogging Over Breakfast Facebook group – which I joined right after her session ended) was the keynote speaker for Day 1 of the Hello Live Conference. I feel she provided the kind of success story that I needed to hear. Luker touched upon blogging, monetization, and building a successful Etsy shop (another avenue I am interested in). She was incredibly relatable, shared her roadmap to success (bumps and all), and presented a snapshot of how ‘someone like me’ can reach for the stars and basically create your own planet.

Benjamin and Kirsten Tyrrel are entrepreneurs that spoke about monetizing live-streaming through affiliate marketing, and touched upon live-broadcasting points in relation to Amazon FBA stores. I had absolutely no clue that you could set up ‘stores’ within your blog posts, and make money as an affiliate. I’ve been meaning to explore becoming an Amazon affiliate for a while now, and listening to the Tyrrels provided added motivation to get moving in the right direction.

Amiyrah Martin (from Four Hats and Frugal) put into perspective the various ways that people get ready physically, mentally, and visually for live-streaming. And, she eased my mind that you don’t necessarily have to show your face on camera. You can show your space (when applicable), like highlighting your creations from an Etsy shop…maybe share a particular crafting technique or artistic process. You just have to add value.

Day 2

Day Two Hello Live Conference 2016

Mario Armstrong was a keynote speaker for Day 2 of Hello Live, and contributed high-energy, pre-recorded Facebook Live inspiration. Armstrong will become the host of the first, real-time talk show called Never Settle Show. When he uses Facebook Live to reach his audience, he noticed three times the engagement than with a regular pre-recorded video. I also learned of Roker Media happenings, and had no clue Al Roker had his hand in the future of live-streaming and other advanced media projects.

Armstrong also listed the five leading live-streaming platforms (as of right now):

  • Facebook Live
  • Periscope
  • Busker
  • YouTube
  • YouNow

How cool is it to communicate with the CEO of Busker, Lippe Oosterhof, who helped illustrate the differences between Facebook Live, Periscope, and his platform? This is where I learned just how new this form of technology and communication is; the features and changes planned for the future; and that you can actually ‘tip’ people during a live-stream.

Barbara Jones from One2One Network and Jyl Pattee from Mom It Forward Media

Barbara Jones (from One2One Network) and Jyl Pattee (Mom It Forward Media) paired up to deliver an informative talk about getting chosen to do sponsored posts that incorporate live video.

From Shelly Coates and Savanah Poulsen (of How Does She), I learned the importance of a call-to-action, and the many different ways to present one – whether it’s saying ‘click on this link,’ requesting a ‘like’ on Facebook, or asking a question to illicit responses from viewers. Every video should make use of call-to-actions.

Emilie Daly (from Pick Your Plum) was an incredibly engaging speaker, and used QVC as an example of how to successfully blend content and sales through the way you speak, present information, repeat important points, and showcase your product/service/information in such a way that viewers see it as a solution to a ‘problem’ in their lives.

Holly Homer (from Quirky Momma & Kids Activities Blog) provided valuable insight into gaining and retaining followers, as well as building community. I enjoyed hearing her experiences, and learning how to deal with trolls…you know, those pops of negativity that can cause distractions for you and your audience.

Hello Live Conference 2016 Day Two Speakers

How Was It Like to Be Involved in a Live-Streaming Conference?

Attending a live conference is pretty fun…you’re not physically present with the speakers and other attendees, yet still completely plugged in and able to engage with the speakers. The connection feels ‘real’ and authentic, especially when a speaker answers your specific questions and refers to you by name. The entire conference itself was like seeing a tutorial on live-streaming…unfold before your eyes. And, in this particular setting…it was quite intimate.

The live stream of Hello Live itself went through bouts of choppiness, no sound, stalls at the very end of certain sessions, and a few glitches, but it was a learning experience for all. Depending on the device you use, you may have encountered a different result. It wasn’t until the second day of the conference that I learned to switch back and forth from attending the conference on my laptop to using my Kindle Fire HDX. So, by the second day, I was watching clearer streams on the Kindle while responding to questions and commenting using my laptop. In the end, I found that all replays of the content presented during the conference were clear and free of visual blips.

Speaking of which, you can purchase a Replay ticket to the Hello Live Conference, and gain access to the same content, valuable videos, and information that I did. Your ‘ticket’ provides unending access.

You Can Livestream Using a Laptop Tablet or Smartphone

So Yona, When Should We Expect to See Your First Live Stream?

Can I hold the attention of viewers? I hope so. Will I provide content that is valuable? Of course. Can I live-stream for more than 30 minutes? An intimidating prospect that only time and an extreme amount of practice will tell. At the very least, people might tune in to see a train wreck in the making…who knows? I’m willing to give it a try.

Practicing your live-streaming abilities is something that more than a few speakers stressed, but Mario Armstrong really eased my fears when he mentioned that you don’t have to necessarily do it in front of a “live studio audience’ – he said there is a setting where you can have the live-stream experience, but without inviting the entire world.

So hopefully (very soon), you will see me streaming live content. One thing is for sure, I definitely have access to all the right information, tools, advice, and inspiration that will help me along the way.

Share your thoughts on live-streaming below.

Disclosure: I received a discounted ticket to attend Hello Live. My opinions and experiences are 100% my own…and I really didn’t have to even blog about this, but I wanted to share my experience.



35 thoughts on “I Attended a Live-Streamed Conference from the Comforts of my Own Home…”

  1. I have always wanted to attend something like this, there was such a good lineup for this live steam I wish I could have attended. I will have to catch the next one for sure!

  2. Now this is my kinda conference! I love anything online. Best way for me to learn is in the comfort of my own home

  3. Kendall says:

    I love live streaming!! Some of my favorite bloggers regularly share tips and ideas on Fb live and its awesome!!

  4. Eileen Kelly says:

    What a great conference. I am interested in the whole live streaming idea.. it is a new concept for me

  5. Interesting idea and can see the convenience of attending a live streaming conference. This one had a great line up.

  6. Whitney S. says:

    I haven’t been to this particular conference. But I have watched a lot of photography live events (like conferences and live demos) through Creative Live, back when I did photography, as well as other webinars hosted by people. I loved the convenience of it all, and I can just stay home in my pajamas!
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    1. Yona Williams says:

      This is so funny that you brought up Creative Live. They were having a sale last week, and I bought the Photography Starter Kit. I cannot wait to start watching the free lessons, and start the class that I bought.

  7. Azlin Bloor says:

    Fantastic post about the joys and possibilities of live streaming. I enjoy them and have been hosting live shows and doing live cooking shows for a number of years with multiple panelists, it’s great fun!

  8. HilLesha says:

    I have never attended a conference, whether it was in the comfort of own home or in person. I would love to attend one someday, though!

  9. Amanda Love says:

    Wow! That’s an awesome opportunity for bloggers. You get to learn a lot and you’re also able to interact with those who are used to holding conferences over the internet. I think it’s a pretty cool idea and that bloggers should come together and hole a conference like this.
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  10. Stacey says:

    What an interesting idea – I’ve never thought of attending a live streaming conference. I can see how convenient it is and how informational it was!

  11. Rosey says:

    That’s a great line up you had going on there. I’m headed over to Google to check out a few of these peeps now. 🙂

  12. aziel morte says:

    I don’t have any idea on the streaming conference but it sounds good.

  13. christina aliperti says:

    I love live streaming. It has opened up so many doors for people, allowing them to attend or present a conference right from wherever you are.

  14. Glenda says:

    This is so cool! I love that more and more things are being offer from the comfort of home!

  15. Debra says:

    This is so awesome! I love that more and more conferences are doing live streaming!
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  16. I wish I had known about this conference before!! What a great way to learn from so many great bloggers.

  17. There’s nothing like being able to attend a conference in your pjs. That’s the type of conference I want to attend. I am going to try to look for more conferences like this for myself.
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  18. Jill Conyers says:

    I love live blogging events but this is an awesome way to have more opportunities without the expense of traveling.

  19. Ashley says:

    This is a great way to conference. Jammies and learning stuff yes please! Thanks for sharing your experience

  20. Elizabeth O. says:

    I think it’s great that you’re able to experience a live stream conference in your own home. It’s a good learning experience and it gives you the feel of what’s to come when it’s your turn to host a live stream. I hope you get to do it someday!

  21. victoria says:

    This is the first time that I heard streaming conference and it sounds good

  22. I just love all the things we can do from home. Being able to do these conferences from home is so convenient and easy with the kiddos.
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  23. Liz Mays says:

    I wouldn’t mind attending the conference for some insight. However, I don’t feel as if live streaming is for me. It’s just not my comfort zone.
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  24. What a fabulous conference. I wanted to attend but had a football game on Friday and couldn’t make it. Mom life to over. thank you for this awesome recap.

  25. se manfique! What an awesome experience! Such a creative and efficient live stream idea. This is a fantastic line up of speakers too

  26. Dogvills says:

    I had no idea there are live streaming conferences. This sounds super fun. I would love to attend next time.

  27. I like the idea of live steaming!!! I am going to have to check it out!

  28. Teresa says:

    Oh I bet this was super informative. I may have to purchase this to hear some of my friends speaking! What a great way to attend a conference and save money
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  29. Oh wow, this looks like an incredible experience! I may have to search out one to attend.

  30. Chei says:

    This looks fantastic! 🙂

  31. Terri Steffes says:

    Well, that’s pretty awesome! I think you got a lot of great information and you didn’t have to pay for travel and hotel and eat meals that are too rich! Well done!

  32. This looks so great! And they are so smart people.

  33. I used to attend those for a job I worked with a while back. It was so nice to not have to go to a live meeting to learn all the things I needed.

  34. karen says:

    I want to expand my blogging horizons too – this looks great! So convenient and seems like it really motivated you! ANd – what a great array of speakers!

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