Live Streaming Tips for Introverts

It has been said that one-third of all people on our planet are introverts (according to “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking”). They love intimate settings and hate highly stimulated environments. Introvert’s nervous system is more sensitive and vulnerable. However, when we talk about introversive behavior, one should understand the difference between being an introvert and a shy person.

At the crowded party, they look very similar, but there is a critical difference between shy and introverted people. Introverts tend to limit socialization, because they’re trying to minimize the stimulation. They usually have friends, participate in social relations, but choose smaller groups of people. Shy people also stand to the side at the crowded party, but because they are bad at socialization. They simply don’t know how to start conversation and feel uncomfortable with unknown people.

In the streaming world, extroverts are often recognized as the ideal type of a streamer, what makes it more difficult for introverts to go ahead. However, introverted people have a lot of opportunities to be broadcasters too. We can’t make you pretend to be extroverted, but we can give you some tips to become a successful introverted streamer.

What To Talk About?

Your stream is your project, and you can talk about anything you want. Having conversation with a closed group of like-minded viewers is something that introverts enjoy, especially when the talk is related to what they love most - gaming, painting, graphic design, etc.  Try to find out topics you are comfortable to talk about. You can comment your actions, tell about your day and hobbies. If you are a movies fan, discuss your favorite films, actors or video equipment for your channel. If you are a fan of the game you’re playing, talk about new trends, patches, heroes - anything related to the game. Don’t be afraid that some of your viewers may find these topics boring or warmed-over. In the end, you want to engage only those people who genuinely share your interests. It’s also good to have a plan where you write a couple of bullet points on topics to discuss when chat is quiet or when you are waiting for a game to download. Here’s an approximate list of things to talk about while streaming:
  • The game you’re playing or art you’re producing, depending on what content you stream. Comment your actions, thought process, emotions. You can talk about games you played as a kid or games you’re looking forward to play in the future.
  • News in your life or any news you’re interested in.
  • Topics inspired by the chat: ask your viewers about their life. Maybe, you can teach or advise them something. Ask simple questions like "How's your day?", "Any weekend plans". Then talk about yourself and your interests. It may sound silly or boring, but in reality these questions may open up awesome topics for conversation.
  • Your hobbies: films, music, art, dance and other things you are inspired by.

You Don’t Have To Always Be Talking

Introverts feel devastated when they have to talk and be a part of the conversation for a long time. If you are one of those people, try to follow these tips. First, decide how much time you feel comfortable to devote to streaming and split it into several streaming sessions. Being on air for a long period (2-6 hours streaming sessions) is very exhausting. Introverted people need more time to emotionally recuperate, so organize your streaming schedule wisely leaving spare time for rest.  If you are a quiet person, you can highlight this fact as your advantage, for example, announce that your stream is a quiet and relaxing place. Build your brand as a “chilling” stream where viewers can always relax from long discussions. Indeed, some people seek for a loud entertaining content, while others prefer a few comments and relaxing music in the background. Another thing you can do to keep your chat conversations vivid without you always on is finding chat moderators. Good moderators are those you can trust and are usually present in your streams. Search for your chat regulars who have nice manners and readily take some extra responsibility.

How to Stop Feeling Awkward While Streaming?

When somebody comes into your room while streaming, you stop talking and act like you’re doing something else - sounds familiar, isn’t it? Introverts feel awkward when they have to talk in presence of outside listeners, for example if they live with parents or other people. But, try to go against your habits and just explain people that surround you what you want to do, asking them for a private space while streaming. If your anxiety is related to the streaming itself, you’re not alone. Even successful extroverted performers feel nervous before a play. It’s good to care about what you do, and it’s absolutely normal to be afraid of failure. Just keep moving forward and try to eliminate the limits and high expectations imposed on yourself. Moreover, the fact that you can’t see the audience helps alleviate some fear.

You Don’t Have to Use a Webcam

You can find many posts on the Internet stating that streaming with a webcam increases your chances of getting noticed. But, if you don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera, don’t want everyone to watch your every move while you’re concentrating on the game, you can simply stream without a webcam. Once you get used to the whole concept of streaming, you may change your mind and open your face to public. Overall, as the popular streamer Lirik has shown, you don’t need to use a camera to become successful on Twitch.

Don’t Let Labels Hold You Back, There Is Always Room for Improvement

There is no such thing as a 100% introverted person. You are not stuck with the current version of you. Of course, it’s difficult to change your personality to a mirror image, but year by year you can improve some of your skills and habits. One of the reasons why you’re freaking out about streaming can be your high expectations = when you think that streaming is a solution that will fix you. What happens next? You try streaming and it doesn’t give you what you wanted, making you feel frustrated. The real solution is to admit you otherness and refuse the idea to change your inner self. In order to stream, you shouldn't be anything that you’re not. Treat streaming as one of the ways to improve your social skills and open new horizons, nothing more. Experience is the best teacher. Over some time, you’ll get viewers, communicate with them, ask for feedback. The things they like about your stream will add you confidence. Be your awkward self, develop friendships with people that appreciate your awkward nature. But, always remember that it will take time. To become long-lasting, the changes should be gradual.

Find a Balance and Rest More

Accepting your introversive nature doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go on. Streaming can help you raise your limits, improve your overall social skills. But, you should organize your streaming and rest time wisely. As an introvert, you lose energy quicker than an extrovert. So, when you feel like you’re flagging and hitting your limit, just make a pause. Playing games for 10 hours a day can actually make things even worse. Balance your streaming activity with exercising, communication with real people and doing other things that help you to recuperate.   Another important thing is to understand what in streaming overstimulates you. For instance, being interrupted during the gameplay by chat questions, noisy environment, replying to people on social media, etc. Try to minimize the effect of things that overstimulate you and find your personal effective ways to help you recover quickly (some common stress relievers include speaking with close friends, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, etc.)

Takeaway

To become a successful streamer, you don’t need to be outstanding at everything. As an introvert, try to find ways of interacting with people that don’t feel like “acting as an extrovert”. Take time to digest the changes happening to you. Find things that overstimulate you and elaborate your own anti-stress recovery strategy. Over the time, you will develop self-awareness of when it’s better to go with your nature and when it’s time to hit button and go over your limits.

10/19/2018