So you’ve decided to get started with live streaming. That’s great! 

Or, maybe you’ve already been living streaming for a while but have yet to see any significant growth in your audience. That’s great too! 

Either way, it’s essential to remember that today, doing live streams is one of the most exciting and engaging ways for modern brands to communicate with their audiences. 

However, to ensure that your live streams are as stress-free and as effective as possible, you need to have a system in place, as well as following a few simple tips and tricks, which we’re diving into below.

In the following article, we’re exploring five essential tips to ensuring the best desktop live streaming experience possible! 

Shut Down The Non-Essentials Windows

If you do all or even just some of your work from a desktop computer, you most likely have at least a few windows open at any given time. 

Or, if you’re anything like me, I often have as many as 20 or 30 windows open at once. 

However, before I go live, I always shut down any non-essential windows I have open, which only serve as distractions while I’m live. 

Of course, you probably have some windows that you’re keeping open because they contain information or tools that you’ll use right before or right after you’re done with your live stream. 

So to save these windows or tabs, I use a Chrome browser extension called Session Buddy.

With Session Buddy, you can easily save browser tabs and windows for later without needing to keep them open in the background. 

This way, you can shut down the non-essential stuff but then restore those sessions when you’re ready to dive back into your work! 

Close Resource-Draining Apps

Similarly, it’s crucial to close any applications or computer programs that might be draining your CPU power or internet usage. 

For instance, Google Drive and Dropbox are two applications that, even when they’re not open on your desktop, they’re still running in the background, continually trying to sync up your work. 

Before you go live, I’d suggest that you Pause Syncing for any applications that may be running in the background. 

You might also need to politely ask any other members of your household to refrain from using the internet while you’re alive. 

This ensures that whatever application you use for your streams will have full access to your desktop’s computing power and internet connection, and nothing will be bogging them down. 

Ensure You Have A Good Connection

Next up, it’s always a good idea to test your internet connection to ensure that you have the connection speed needed to do live streams without any glitches or lag. 

You can run an internet speed test by visiting Google and typing in something like “run internet connection speed test.” 

The test can be done either using Google itself or any other sites or applications that show up in the search results. 

Ideally, you’ll want an internet connection download speed of somewhere around 10 MB/s or higher. 

But anything between 5 MB/s and 10 MB/s should be sufficient for a live stream. 

Get Acquainted With Your Dashboard

Before you go live, you’re also going to want to familiarize yourself with your streaming dashboard.

Whether you use Restream, Streamyard, or even Facebook’s native streaming tools, you’ll need to know where all the buttons are and what they do.

Platforms will update their tools from time to time, which may mean chaos if you’re trying to figure things out while you’re live. 

Therefore, knowing where everything is, how to invite people into your stream or even how to shut down and block trolls while you’re streaming live is crucial knowledge for anyone who wants their streams to go off without a hitch! 

Test Your Gear! 

Finally, just like you need to know your dashboard, you’ll also want to know and test any of the gear you use before you go live. 

Making sure your camera is working and checking your microphone may seem menial. 

But the last thing you want is to go live, only to realize that you’ve been on mute the entire time because you forgot to switch your mic on. 

I’d suggest giving yourself about 10 to 20 minutes before going live to prep and check your gear’s functionality.

This way, you’ll be able to go live, knowing that people can see and hear the message you’re trying to get out there! 

About the Author

Tanya Smith helps service providers use on-camera video to build an interactive brand that connects with their audience.  For more than a decade, she has been a noteworthy leader in content marketing. Her experience and perspectives have been featured in video, radio, print, and on stage as a guest speaker for national organizations and events.


When Tanya is not collecting Wonder Woman paraphernalia, you’ll find her sharing weekly strategies and apps to simplify video content on the blog, on Facebook Live and Youtube.


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