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Special Guest – Live Event Tips

Please take a few moments to read through the items on this page. It will save you considerable time, and enhance the quality of your event.

Tech Setup:

For the best quality use an external mic and camera.


Please use an external mic!

Put simply, a mic needs to be within 6-8 inches of your mouth to be effective. That rules out laptop, desktop computer mics, and in-built mics on cameras. 

Options include (in order of preference):

  • USB desktop mic
  • Lapel mic
  • Headset (some of these can be low quality – the price will be a clue)
  • Smart phone (positioned well)
Note: I’m not listing professional solutions like XLR mics, if you know about these, well then you  already know. I personally use an XLR mic which is out of shot.


Please use an external cam!

Put simply, your laptop / desktop built-in camera / web-cam isn’t going to cut it. The camera in a modern smart phone will vastly outperform any of the above – so use it. And you already own it!

You will need to use an app (software) to enable your Mac or PC to use your smart phone camera. I use “Camo”. See below…

“Camo Pro” Software

There is a Free and Pro version and you will need the Pro version for the better resolution it provides but at less than $5 for a month it’s worth investing in at least for one month. Because as L’oreal says ‘You’re worth it’. Use with your original or good quality USB lead.

I have a professional external camera setup also, but for most events I just use my iPhone 13. As long as you plug it in with a good cable it’s reliable.

• Mac App Store

• Google App Store

Note: Any content produced with poor mic / camera will not be used


We primarily use VDO.Ninja to stream your camera & mic source to us.


We ordinarily use VDO.Ninja to connect to your camera and audio feed. You will be sent a URL & PasswordVideo below shows how to connect…

Why we don’t record through Zoom

This video shows why we don’t record using Zoom…

Note: We may also need to connect via zoom


No good event ever happened without at least one rehearsal.


Any quality speaker would rehearse at least once. So let’s take full advantage of this, and record it, here’s why;

  • You would rehearse anyway
  • Risk-free – no one will see any errors
  • We have great backup content if we need it
  • We can use the best elements of the rehearsal / live-event for YouTube videos clips etc.
  • Recording when not going live, or streaming is more bullet-proof, and at a higher quality
  • Why not
  • Note: you should wear the same outfit for continuity

Q&A / AMA / Divorce Stories:

No full rehearsal:

It’s not possible to do a full rehearsal for these types of events because they are usually based on the guest / audience interactions.

Tech Check:

If our first event together I recommend a tech check before the Go-Live date.

All events – Pre-Event:

We will need to connect a minimum of 30 mins before the go-live time to allow me to setup correctly.

Note: I will need every minute of this to connect video streams, do mic-level checks, setup streaming, etc. There will not be any time for us to ‘discuss’ the event, that needs to be done in advance.

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We’ve created this at-a-glance checklist to help you. Please download and use.

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