You have your experience planned and designed every detail of the itinerary, but have you thought about the very first thing guests will see when they join your experience? Even if it’s a slide or your lovely face, people will inevitably see your personal space, so you’ll want to make sure it’s camera-ready.
Think of getting your space ready for (onscreen) visitors the same way you would if guests were coming into your house:
- Choose the right setting. Host in a location that represents your experience. If you host a cooking class, for example, choose a space in your kitchen that’s both functional and visually appealing.
- Clean up beforehand. Remember that guests will see everything the camera does—all the space around and behind you—so tidy up before hosting. Only show what you’d want broadcast to a global audience.
- Get organized. You’re asking guests to come to your experience prepared, so do the same and “stage” everything before going live. Have all ingredients, tools, or props you’ll need within reach and ready to go.
- Minimize distractions. Turn off any alarms, computer or phone alerts, and other interruptions that might show up in your space or on screen. At best, they can be disruptive, and at worst embarrassing!
- Show guests around. Point out interesting details or personal objects—the view from a balcony, the art on your walls, a family photograph. This helps guests get a sense of place, and get to know you better.
While hosting an online experience is a great way to bring the world to you, it also allows you to open a window into your world. Because they can’t travel, people are looking for ways to connect with new people and explore new places—avoid using virtual backgrounds unrelated to your experience or activity, and make your experience and the environment as authentic as possible.
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