I joined the good times on Periscope about a month ago (whoopee!), so I’m not an expert by any means. But, if you’re new to the social media platform, I’d love to help you get started.
(If you’re wondering what Periscope is and why you should join, read this blog post and then come on back and I’ll give you some tips for your first scope.)
Playing and connecting with other creatives on Periscope has quickly become my favorite daily to-do. (Follow me @blacksburgbelle so we can hang.)
If you’re kinda freaking out about doing your first scope or want some tips to get going, I’m happy to give you a slight shove towards making your first move:
1. Take two or three days to get acquainted with the platform.
If you’re brand new to Periscope, give yourself a bit of time to check out the platform before your first scope, but not enough that you travel to procrastination station.
I spent two days watching other scopes so that I could see how people were using the platform. I started commenting and giving hearts, following people that I wanted to connect with and learn from.
Over the course of a couple days, watch 15-20 scopes to get a feel for things.
2. Plan your first topic and practice a bit.
If you’re nervous or haven’t done a lot of speaking or live streaming video, practice what you’re going to talk about. And, pick a topic that you’re passionate about—that you can talk about easily.
Even though I have plenty of experience speaking, I practiced before my first five scopes. When I hit the broadcast button, I felt more comfortable because I’d gone over what I planned on saying.
If you’re covering more than one or two points, jot down notes. I do this for almost every scope, because it’s easy to forget what you want to say when people are asking questions and commenting.
This also helps to avoid rambling. If you ramble on and on, people are going to lose interest.
I get annoyed when I feel like someone is wasting my time because they aren’t prepared or they spend five or ten minutes rambling before actually getting into the topic they’re scoping about.
3. Prepare for your first scope.
Check your lighting before you begin by opening up your camera on your phone and switching it to video. The lighting will look very similar when you scope.
When you start your scope, that’s it. You’re live immediately, so it helps to check this before you start. Move around until you’ve got good lighting.
Select the little Twitter birdie button before you hit ‘start broadcast’, so that it sends out a tweet to your followers that you’re live.
If you’re nervous about creepers saying inappropriate things during your scope, deselect the location button before starting your broadcast. If you don’t share your location, your scope isn’t shared on the map and you’ll get a lot less trolls. I’ve only had to block one person on my scopes, because I don’t share my location when I’m scoping from home.
Before you begin, stabilize your phone or device. You can use a stack of books, a box or a tripod. Videos are always better when they aren’t jumpy.
4. Do your first scope within the first week on the platform.
After you’ve practiced and set yourself up for success, it’s time to go live. Eeeeeeeep!
Take a deep breath and do your best. Your first scope probably won’t be amazing. You’ll feel a bit awkward, maybe even tongue-tied, but it gets easier.
If no one joins you live or only one or two people join you, keep going. Talk as if you’re talking to a group of your ideal customers. You never know who will watch the replay and join you next time! That’s how you grow your following on Periscope.
5. Do another the next day.
Just get it in your mind that your first scope is gonna be kinda awkward. You’re getting used to the platform. Remember the first picture you uploaded on Instagram or the first tweet you sent? They probably weren’t masterpieces.
Periscope is just like anything else. The more you do it, the better you get. You’ll start to feel a lot more comfortable after your first 10 scopes and you’ll be really good at it by your 50th scope. Don’t let the awkwardness of your first scope hold your back from doing another.
Everyone has a semi-awkward first scope, even those of us who speak or do live streaming video for a living (raises hand slowly).
Do your second scope that same day or the next. If you let too much time go by, you’ll come up with more and more reasons to delay. Don’t do that!
When you’re new to a social media platform, you don’t have many followers which gives you room to mess up. If you wait until 100+ people are following you, you’re going to feel more pressure to be perfect.
If you’ve joined Periscope but haven’t shared your handle, make sure you do so in the comments right here so that we can all connect. (And, if you’re looking for more creatives to follow and connect with, check out the comments on that post. We’re seriously having so much together. It’s like a daily slumber party with people all over the world.)