Prepare Your Vocal Cords
Vocal Instructors will often tell you to not suck on a lemon. Citric Acid has no positive effects on the vocal cords. You should, however, gargle with warm salt water to hydrate them and clear mucus buildup. Bellow your words from your diaphragm and practice annunciation in a mirror to yourself. Focus on your mouth and the formation of words. They should flow freely and with enough volume to be heard from two rooms away!
Avoid alcohol and consuming tobacco products before your hangout. You need your lungs to pipe volumes of air around your vocal cords. I would suggest also singing the old vocal warm up, “A – E – I – O – U” on whole notes. Sing it cheerfully as your warm up for your cords and your mental preparedness.
Maximize Audio Quality
Audio is super important. No matter how great your show is or amazing your guest, if no one can hear you, all your careful preparations are a waste of time. Use a quality, external microphone. There are a lot of good quality and inexpensive plug and play USB microphones available to give your production a professional sound.
Ask your guests to wear a headset to minimize echoing. Also, avoid typing on your keyboard during your show. You may not hear it on your end, but your audience will and the keyboard noise will detract from your show.
Google Hangouts is a new and exciting feature for small business. I’m personally hoping that while you can browse all the live events possible, you cannot filter by topic. Whether you’re talking just with that special someone or figuring out Friday night plans with the whole gang, say more than just words. Conversations can easily be relived by scrolling back in time and photos sent and received are also available in your Google+ albums.
Watch this video and come back to it when you want to remind yourself of how the various hangouts options & tools work together. +martin shervington has done a masterful job going over the basics of how Hangouts and Hangouts on Air (HOA) work.
Since there is a lot to cover, let me break down some of the sections for you into clickable areas below; then you can come back and watch the parts you want to when you are able.
0:16 â–ºHangouts – Text Message Box (the right sidebar)
6:42 â–ºHangouts – Video calls; Joining and Starting your own
8:35 â–ºHangouts – The Video Call Interface; tools/settings/menus
14:40 â–ºHangouts on Air (HOA); Using the Scheduled HOA Event
This is a good one to keep around for reference (at least for now)! Note, this version of the post should play the time stamps of the video in the post without going on to YouTube to play.
If you want to know more about Google+ in general, this video came from a larger blog post with loads of other helpful info here http://plusyourbusiness.com/google-plus-for-business/
#HOAtips #HangoutsTips #GoogleHangouts #HangoutsBasics
Published on Jan 14, 2014
This is the fifth video in a series of five. It covers just about everything you’ll need to know about Google Hangouts, including Hangouts-On-Air.
Check out http://www.plusyourbusiness.com for more information on Google+ for Business by Martin Shervington
- Hangouts including voice
- Starting a hangout
- Seeing the options there
- Starting a video call
- Leave the hangout
- Finding other hangouts going on – from chat
- Clicking on a face to profile
- Block list
- Archiving – still live
- How to archive hangouts and how to rejoin
- Blocking and unblocking people
- When you open up the box people see you have ‘joined’ – the dots are typing
Question of choosing a text or a video call hangout
If someone invites you to a hangout then you will receive a notification or you will have a conversation window ‘pop up’
- Voice Call
- Invite people
- Side chat
- Screen share
- Instant picture
- YouTube App
- Google Drive
- Changing the audio and video settings in a hangout
- Text call part of a hangout
- One-to-one chat
- Changing notifications on a single hangout
- Changing notifications globally
- Customising who can hangout with you/send you invites
- How to invite more people to a hangout
- How to join a video call section of a hangout
- How to Archive, and unarchive hangouts (and why)
- Hangouts on air: finding where they are going on currently
- How to start a Hangout on air now or later
- Adjusting the settings after the Hangouts event.
Your processor clock can have an effect on video and audio compression and transmission. If you find that your laptop produces shaky video and choppy audio, chances are the CPU BUS Clock isn’t keeping up with the data crunching necessary to stream your data.
You may also select custom bit rate from your event settings and use the awesome open source broadcast software from the OBS Project. To produce that high-end HD production, I’d suggest a CPU with no less than 2 Ghz and no less than 8 Gigabytes of RAM memory. Check Open Broadcast Estimator to ensure you get the best audio quality and the best video output.