How to Keep Talking While Streaming

If you are a beginning streamer, then you have already read numerous posts telling you to always be talking while streaming no matter if the chat is empty or not. It may seem to be crazy to talk to yourself, however, in the world of streaming it really works. If you want to attract people and gain more followers, you have to be talking even when no one is listening, because the first impressions are very important. So, here is our guide to help you improve your speech and keep talking while streaming.

How To Sound Nice: Improving Your Diction with Our Tips

If you are not a speaker by nature and tend to mumble, then streaming is a good way to help you train your diction. When talking to chat, it doesn’t matter if you can keep talking nonstop. If people can’t understand you because of bad enunciation, they will leave you channel anyway. Use these simple exercises to improve your speech:

Listen to Yourself

Almost all people don’t like their recorded voice. It seems to sound awkward. However, listening to yourself is a very effective technique used by many public people, actors and politicians. Recording yourself and hearing how you sound helps figure out what in your speech needs to be improved. So, try to read any book story, a monolog, small passages from a newspaper - whatever you want, record yourself and pinpoint things to work on.

Get Twisted: Use Tongue Twisters To Improve Pronunciation

Make tongue twisters a part of your warmup before each streaming session. It is entertaining and very effective practice. Google some tongues twisters or download an app with multiple daily tongue twisters. Search for those that utilize all the letters of the alphabet. Focus on speaking clearly and slowly, then speed up.

Pay Attention to Your Speech Speed

When people are nervous, they tend to speed up their speech without realizing it. Galloping away causes imperfect articulation and makes you sound annoying. So, a good diction starts with slowing down and paying attention to pronunciation of every word. Practice slowing down at home: read an article in a magazine, a book focusing on prolonging the vowels and saying your words slower that the normal speaking rate. Speaking slower should become your habit, so that you become sure that everyone understands your speech.

Valuable Tips:

  • You can find  a lot of voice exercises on Google to improve your speech (try entering search queries “exercises to slow down speech”, “voice exercises for call centre”, “voice tone training”, etc).
  • Find your speech rate: just count your words over a few minutes of talking. It is possible to record a few minutes of you talk with a smartphone or watch one of your recorded videos. You can also convert your speech to text with the help of a simple smartphone app (such as Speechnotes) and then cut-and-paste your text to a word counter.
  • Practice more with the use of metronome. There is a lot of free apps available for Apple and Android devices to help you keep time while you are talking. Some of them are: Metronome Beats, Pro Metronome.
Below is a great, must-watch video of @heyshadylady. Get to know valuable tips on commentary and the art of talking while streaming. The examples of talkative streamers she provides are really inspiring!

Can Stream Be Silent?

Why suffer, if you can simply keep silence while streaming? Theoretically, your stream can be silent. For some viewers, talking while stream may be annoying when they are trying to focus and watch the gameplay. However, such people belong to minority. The silent streamer has no personality. He/she just plays the game. To become successful as a silent streamer, you should have remarkable gaming skills, as @Siglemic has (he is one of the best speedrunners in the world who does silent streams). If there is no interaction, there is no need for a livestream. Silent gameplay means that a viewer can watch your video at any time and get the same experience. Moreover, by doing silent streams you are losing a huge part of audience who prefer listening streams as their background.

How To Not Feeling Awkward When Talking To An Empty Chat?

It is probably one of the hardest parts of talking while streaming. Talking to no one is weird, but it should be learnt. Your first task is being yourself and learning to speak what is on your mind. Here are some tips to help you build monologues:

Invent Your Own Questions and Answer Them

Before each streaming session, elaborate the list of questions you are eager to answer during your stream. The list will give you a focal point to start a conversation with yourself. Feel free to answer yourself, if nobody does. For instance, you can ask how your viewers’ days are going. In case no one replies, you’ll just reply with how your day was going. The list of questions and ideas for your speech will keep you talking and help avoid embarrassing silence.

Recording Let’s Plays

Creating Let’s Plays videos is an excellent way to practice talking to yourself. For those unfamiliar, Let’s Play is a style of video series depicting the playthrough of a video game and including the author’s commentary. The main peculiarity of Let’s Plays is that it is focusing on a player’s subjective experience with the game. When recording Let’s Plays you have to keep talking without any chat for around 15-30 minutes, and it is much easier that trying to speak to an empty chat for 3 hours. Moreover, by doing YouTube Let’s Plays you are creating an additional source of content to direct your future Twitch followers.

Focus on Your Strengths

All people have something they are passionate about and can talk for hours. Try to find you topical strengths that can help you build conversation and feel like a duck to water. For example, if you love games’ analysis, you can talk about game strategies, explaining why you are doing this or that. Or maybe you are a perfect story-teller: just tell your viewer anything from your personal experience or invent a story about someone else. You can write down brief topics to talk while streaming: put them on sticky notes on your monitor as reminders when you need something spontaneous to talk about.

Imagine That Chat Is Always Full

If you accidently stop by a channel and see a silent streamer with a deadpan face, you’ll unlikely stick around. People can come in and out of your stream multiple times, so if they find you in the middle of talk, there are more chances that they will finally stay. Don’t overreact by talking non-stop. Just try being natural and friendly. Also, don’t worry if somebody from your chat stop talking. Most people just want to lurk, and you should admit this fact.

Try Yourself in Voice Acting

If you are not looking for standard solutions, you can try yourself in voice acting auditions. There are plenty of websites that search voice actors (such as BTVA, Casting Call Club, etc.). Even if you are not chosen for the role, it will be a great vocal and speech exercises. Moreover, it is always useful to get out of the comfort zone from time to time.  

Remember To Take Care of Yourself

This is the last, but probably the most important tip. Almost all people get untalkative when they are hungry. To stay energized and optimistic while talking to an empty room, you should keep your energy up. So, eat good before every stream  and make sure to have something to eat for your breaks. Remember having water or something to drink close to you while you are streaming. A more energetic streamer means a more confident streamer that has enough strenght to gain the interest of the future followers.

Takeaway

None of our tips will guarantee your stream improvement or the growth of viewers. At the end of the day, not everyone is born to become a full-time streamer and speaker. Our tips can only help you build basic blocks to entertain your viewers and improve your speech, and they are pretty useful outside streaming. So. hopefully, you’ve gotten something out of this.

1/27/2018