ENTER THE STREAM EARLY FOR AMPLE TIME FOR TECH TEST
We recommend entering 10-15 minutes early in your Live Event to make sure your camera and microphone are working and that you’re positioned correctly in the frame. To do this:
- Click on the correct Live link from your teacher dashboard.
- Click ‘Enter stream early’.
- Allow Insight Timer to access your camera and microphone.
- To test your audio before going live, toggle on "Play back my microphone" and talk through your mic. If you don't see this pop-up, click the sidetone icon (ear icon) beside the "Start Live" button. You will hear yourself and see the microphone volume level move indicating your audio is working. Toggle off the sidetone/playback before going live to avoid an echo.
CHECK YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION AGAIN
Connection speeds can vary throughout the day so it’s a good idea to test again on www.speedtest.net. Remember, you’re looking for download/upload speeds of at least 10mbps/7mbps, and preferably 50mbps/20mbps.
BE MINDFUL OF BANDWIDTH
Turn off automatic app updates and any file-syncing applications that you use (e.g., Dropbox and Google Drive). If possible, ask anyone who shares your WiFi network to avoid activities that might use up internet bandwidth while you are live.
ENABLE DO NOT DISTURB MODE
The last thing you want when you’re guiding a live session is to receive a phone call! Turn on Do Not Disturb mode on your device so there will be no interruptions to your flow. Instructions for enabling Do Not Disturb on iPhones, Android phones, Apple MacBooks and Windows PCs can be found here.
CHARGE YOUR DEVICES
Video can consume the battery quickly so make sure it’s fully charged. Or better yet, have it plugged in during your session.
ADD MUSIC & A VIRTUAL BACKGROUND
Try adding background music to your session to create the atmosphere or vibe you prefer. Here's how to do this. You may also add a virtual background to complement your session. This option is not native to our platform, but here's a way to do it using third-party software. Here's also how to patch a group video call.
CONSIDER TEACHING IN LANDSCAPE MODE
Especially for yoga teachers, the landscape mode will be a more immersive way to hold your live events. Here's how to hold your live event in landscape mode.
PREPARE A THOUGHTFUL SESSION
Here are some tips for how to prepare for your Live Event as well as some ideas for themes and topics.
ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY
Welcome everyone to the session! The Insight Timer community is truly global so expect to have people join you from many cities, countries and continents.
MAXIMIZE YOUR DONATIONS
Ask for donations 2-3 times during the session and acknowledge people’s generosity. Make people aware that their donations help keep the session free for everyone to join.
PROMOTE YOUR OTHER INSIGHT TIMER OFFERINGS
Talk about your courses and guided meditations on Insight Timer and encourage attendees to follow you in the app.
ADHERE TO OUR COMMUNITY GUIDELINES
Please do not promote products that are not on Insight Timer. This includes references to websites, books, courses, and offline retreats. Here are our rules and guidelines for Live Events.