DIY Facebook Live

Introduction to Facebook Live

Facebook Live is a video streaming feature on Facebook. It allows you to capture what you’re doing or thinking in real time. Some people use it to explore their thoughts about a current issue, share events they aren’t able to attend in real life like a family reunion, and some want to connect with others who share their hobbies or belief.Businesses are also starting to use Facebook Live. Depending on the brand, a business might want to share a recent company milestone or they may want to announce a new product through live streaming. This gives them instant feedback from the community they serve and makes it easier to get the word out about their news.

There are three ways you can use FB Live. You can use it on your personal profile, in a Facebook group, or on your brand’s page. If you’re looking to share a quick update about your life with your family and friends, you’ll want to opt to live stream through your personal profile. Here’s how to get started:

Using Facebook Live on Your Personal Profile

First, you’ll want to log into your Facebook account and go to your profile.

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On your profile, look for the status box where there will be a ‘Live Video’ link.

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Now, you can write a brief description of what you’ll be talking about or doing during your video. Then adjust your privacy settings. You can choose to make this live stream only viewable to yourself, your friends, or the public. When you’re happy with your description and privacy settings, click the ‘Next’ button.

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Depending on your browser settings, Facebook may ask to access your camera and microphone. Click ‘Allow’.

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Next, a preview window will load.

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The preview is your chance to see what you’ll look like before you go live, so pay attention. Is the lighting good? Can you see yourself clearly? If you wear glasses, are they reflecting the screen? Is your background neat and free from distractions?

While these are small issues, they can frustrate your viewers and make them click away from your stream before you have a chance to interact with them.

Once you’re ready to begin, click the ‘Go Live’ Button.

Record your live stream like you would any other video. You may see friends or family pop on to leave comments while you’re recording. Some people chat back and forth with commenters during their videos. Keep in mind that Facebook Live is popular because you can connect in real time with your viewers.

Click the ‘Finish’ button when you’re done with your broadcast.

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Now, Facebook gives you the option to decide what you want to do with your video. Click ‘Done’ if you’re happy with your recording.

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If something went wrong or you don’t like your video, click ‘Delete Video’ instead.

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Using Facebook Live in a Group

Now that you’re becoming more familiar with how to work Facebook’s Live feature, it’s time to learn how to start a live stream in a group. Before you begin, remember to consider your privacy settings. A group that’s marked open means anyone will be able to see your video.

First, choose the group you’d like to be in during your live stream. You can find your groups by clicking ‘Groups’.

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Then click on the word ‘Groups’ again to find the groups where you’re already a member.

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If you’re on a laptop or tablet, you can find your groups by clicking here. If you’re on a smartphone, then click here for the mobile-friendly version of your groups.

Now, look for the group where you’d like to live stream and click on it.

Once you’re inside the group, look for the status box at the top. You should see a ‘More’ link with an option for ‘Live Video’.

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Then add a quick description about your video and click the ‘Next’ button.

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Just like with your personal profile, you’ll see a preview of what your video will look like. Make sure there’s nothing distracting in camera view then click ‘Go Live’.

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Once you’re done with your live stream, click the ‘Finish’ button.

Now, you have the option to publish your video for the entire group to see. Click the ‘Done’ button if you’re satisfied with it.

If for some reason, you’re unhappy with your video, you can click ‘Delete Video’ instead.

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Deleting the video will keep it from being displayed in the group. However, the viewers who were present when you went live still saw your video.

Using Facebook Live on Your Page

Facebook lets everyone use the live feature including brands and businesses that have a Facebook page. Use this feature when you have exciting news to share with your fans or when you want to communicate valuable information to them.

To get started, go to your Facebook fan page by clicking ‘Pages’.

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Next, look for the ‘Your Pages’ link.

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You can find your Facebook page on a laptop or tablet by clicking here. To find it on a mobile device, click here.

Pick the page you’d like to broadcast live from.

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Once you’re on your page, look for your status box. Below it, you’ll see several options including ‘See All’.

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When you click ‘See All’, you’ll find a recorder icon for Facebook Live. Click on that icon.

Now, add a description and click ‘Next’. Since Facebook Pages are public, your video will automatically be made public as well. There’s no way to change this setting currently.

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Next, you’ll be able to see your video preview, just like when you stream to your personal profile or in a Facebook group. Take a moment to check the preview. Look for harsh shadows, food between your teeth, and background items you don’t want seen (like that family photo).

Once you’re ready, click the ‘Go Live’ button.

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After you’re done recording, click the ‘Finish’ button.

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Like with personal profiles and group streaming, you’ll get the option to publish your video across Facebook once you’re done.

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If there was a technical problem or you just didn’t like your video, you can delete the video before it’s added to your Facebook page.

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Facebook Live is a great new feature that individuals and businesses are using to connect with their communities. Live streaming is fun, fast, and rewarding. Try it today!

Powerful Tips On Simplifying Your Life

  1. SIMPLIFYING YOUR LIFE TIPSPlan Ahead

If you are young (20’s and 30’s) and you plan for your retirement, you’re going to be well set when you get there. But, even before that happens, try to plan for life’s other major challenges such as buying a home, sending kids to college, etc. The more you plan, the simpler life becomes when those events happen. You’ll be ready.

  1. Set Aside Cash for Emergencies

You will have emergency situations in life, and they will cost money, sometimes significant amounts of money. Not having cash set aside for these types of incidents is going to complicate your life and make you stressed out. The more you can set aside the better. Be sure not to use this money for anything but emergencies.

  1. Take Advantage of Cloud Computing

There is nothing worse than taking work home, or on the road, and realizing you don’t have what you need. Cloud computing can help you shore up these types of problems. When you save it on the cloud, it’s available to you anywhere you have access to that cloud storage. Make sure you choose solutions that let you easily share between devices.

  1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

You will constantly be bombarded with little, and often annoying, problems that seem like they are unmanageable. But, take a step back (and a deep breath) and realize they are just part of the day-to-day routine. Getting upset is not worth it.

  1. Create a Realistic To-Do List

To-do lists are great, but not if they are filled with tasks that you never get completed. When you don’t finish, this adds to your stress levels. It takes a bit of practice to get this right, but once you get it down, you’ll know exactly what you are capable of getting done for the day.

  1. Delegate Tasks

If you have people working for you, make sure you delegate tasks to them. It is amazing how many managers will do things for themselves when they have others working for them. Don’t overwhelm them with so much work they can’t get it done, but do expect more out of them. Divide it evenly among your workers and it won’t be a big deal for each person.

  1. Outsource Tasks

This is similar to delegating. However, you will use outsourcing services to help you get some of your tasks complete. In the early part of this, you will need to actively manage these resources. But, as you develop working relationships with these resources they will improve where you won’t have to manage them or, if they don’t work out, you drop them and find others who will.

  1. Don’t Get Upset by Factors Beyond Your Control

There are plenty of factors that happen to you and are beyond your control. The point is, there is nothing you can do about those factors, other than try to figure out solutions around them. Just keep plugging away and you will find the right solutions over time.

 

ACTIONABLE STEPS

1 Keep a journal. Why go through something when you’ve already experienced it? If you don’t record what you did when experiencing it, you won’t likely remember how you handled it. Sometimes, you may even have forgotten that you have experienced it. Actively write in your journal and review it from time-to-time.
2 Create a weekly board for your assignments as well as for the people you manage. Make sure it is visible and that everyone is on board with what is expected of them. Hold yourself and your people accountable to ensure it stays valid.
3 Dedicate one or two hours each week to have some alone time or have fun. If you can do it for more than a couple of hours, then make that happen. This helps clear your head and can help when trying to keep things simple. Everyone needs a break.


FURTHER READING

  1. Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter:
  2. Simplify Your Life: Get Organized and Stay That Way:
  3. Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul:
  4. Focal Point: A Proven System to Simplify Your Life:
  5. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less:

 

Powerful Tips On Building Relationships

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS TIPSIt’s tough to make it on your own. The simple truth is, you need others to be successful. Although there are people who have been successful without the help of others, it’s rare, and it’s an uphill battle. Why go through that? Building relationships can get you where you want to go much quicker.

  1. It Takes Time

Don’t expect to have a great relationship with someone immediately. It takes time. You need to become familiar with others, and they need to become familiar with you. Just give it the time that it needs. Some people try to force relationships, and that never works.

  1. Don’t Take Shortcuts

If you try to take shortcuts to a better relationship, you will find that backfires on you. Sometimes it works, but most of the time other people will see right through what you are doing. You can’t buy true relationships, nor should you try. You want them to be genuine and long lasting.

  1. Don’t Just Use Online Resources

There are plenty of resources including social media that can help build relationships. Sometimes, these are the only ways to connect with people, due to geographic constraints, etc. However, it should not be used as your only means to build your relationships. Good old fashioned networking is going to go a long way in helping you with this. Don’t ignore it.

  1. Don’t Make It All About You

When you are building your relationships, if you make it all about you, those relationships won’t last very long. In fact, if you make it more about others, you will find people to be much more responsive. This builds your foundation for serious relationships that are sure to last. You will get what you want eventually by attending to the needs of others. This too is a reward in itself.

  1. Give Something to Get Something

The more you give, the more you will get in any relationship. People will respond positively when they see that you are not selfish and willing to go out of your way to help others. The great news is it will take little for those others to give you something when you need it. The best advice is to give way more than you get. You will know the people who take advantage of you in a negative way. You should try to keep your distance from these people.

  1. Find Common Interests
    People love to associate with others who are similar to themselves. Just think about your own Are you into sports? You find people who like sports. It could also be about politics and religion.While it’s good to align yourself with people who share your interests, you should not shun people who don’t. People who hold views or interests different than yours can provide a perspective you would never get without interacting with them. Keep an open mind.

ACTIONABLE STEPS

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Reach out to people at work who you have never interacted with before. Do this at least once a month. Use the tips described above to build your relationships with them. Become interested in these people and find out what their likes and interests are.

 

Join a club that caters to your job or other interests. While you could do this online, it’s always better to interact with others face-to-face. You could do both if you’d like. No matter which club you join, make sure you make an effort to get involved. Try to get to the point where you are leading the group or club.

 

Do you have any relationships that are estranged? If so, think about ways you may be able to repair the relationship. Use these ways to try to make amends with the person or persons. Start by analyzing how the relationship became estranged in the first place.

 

FURTHER READING

  1. The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want:
  2. Getting Together: Building Relationships As We Negotiate:
  3. The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside your Door:
  4. Love Me, Don’t Leave Me:
  5. Click: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships:

 

DIY Balancing Exercise For Seniors – Lunge With A Chair

Lunges are a great exercise for improving your balance when your knees are bent and you’re close to the ground. Performing them regularly can help protect you from falls by improving your balance in awkward positions.

Equipment Required:

  • 1 chair

Instructions:

  1. Place the chair to the left of your body and slightly in front of you. Stand up straight with your feet a hip distance apart and your left hand on the chair. Lunge With Chair for Seniors 1
  2. Take a big step forward with your left foot while keeping your left hand on the chair. Lunge With Chair for Seniors 2
  3. Bend your knees and slowly lower your body down until your front knee is at a 90 degree angle, making sure that it does not go over your ankle. Lunge With Chair for Seniors 3
  4. Slowly raise your body back up to the starting position. Lunge With Chair  for seniors 4
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 for as many repetitions as you desire.
  6. Step backwards with your left foot and then turn around, so that the chair is now to the right of your body and slightly in front of you. Then place your right hand on the chair, take a big step forward with your right foot and repeat steps 3-4 for as many repetitions as you desire.

Why Are Lunges So Great For Seniors?

Performing lunges with a chair makes this exercise much safer than a regular lunge and gives you something to grab onto if you do lose your balance. As well as building your balance, lunges are also a low impact leg exercise and a great way to lightly tone and strengthen your legs without injuring yourself. Finally, lunges keep your knees flexible and supple which helps to offset age related joint stiffness and pain.

Lunges Variations:

When you’ve got used to lunging and you need something extra to make it more challenging, try these lunge variations:

  1. Take your hand off the chair and perform the lunges with no extra support.
  2. Grab a balance disk or a BOSU ball and place your front foot on it when lunging for an even greater balance challenge.
  3. Hold a dumbbell in each hand as you perform the lunges to strengthen your legs at the same time as improving your balance.

DIY Balancing Exercise For Seniors – Heel & Toe Walk

How to Perform Heel & Toe Walk

The heel and toe walk takes your balance training one step further by adding movement to the mix. Most practical situations where you need to call upon your balance skills involve walking and this is a great exercise for getting your body used to balancing while you’re on the move.

Equipment Required:

  • None

Instructions:

  1. Stand up straight with your feet and knees slightly apart, then raise your toes off the ground and balance on your heels.Heel & Toe Walk for Seniors 1
  2. Take 10 steps while staying balanced on your heels. Heel & Toe Walk for Seniors 2
  3. Place your toes back on the ground. Heel & Toe Walk for Seniors 3
  4. Raise your heels off the ground and balance on your toes. 
  5. Take 10 steps while staying balanced on your toes. 
  6. Place your heels back on the ground and repeat steps 1-5 for as many repetitions as you desire.

Why Is The Heel & Toe Walk Exercise So Great For Seniors?

The heel and toe walk exercise is both challenging and safe. Although it works your balance, there’s very little chance of falling over. If you lose your balance, you simply drop your heel or your toes, so that your foot is fully on the floor and regain your balance. In addition to this, it also helps build strength in your heels and toes and gets them used to holding your entire body weight. Finally, the feet movements involved in this exercise are great for your circulation and enhance the flow of blood to your feet and toes.

Heel & Toe Walk Exercise Variations:

Once you can do the heel and toe walk exercise with ease, try these variations for added difficulty:

  1. Grab some light dumbbells and try to stay balanced on your heels and toes while holding them.
  2. Get a step block, step onto it, walk across it and step off it while staying balanced on your heels and toes.

DIY Balancing Exercise For Seniors – Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs

How to Perform Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs

The single leg swing balance exercise is slightly more challenging than the single leg bent knee balance exercise and involves swinging one leg as you balance on the other. Performing this exercise regularly will help you maintain your balance, even when you’re not standing up straight.

Equipment Required:

  • 2 chairs.

Instructions:

  1. Place the two chairs at either side of your body.Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs - for Seniors 1
  2. Stand up straight with your feet and knees slightly apart and one hand on each chair. Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs - for Seniors 2
  3. Raise your right foot off the ground and transfer your weight onto your left leg. Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs - for Seniors 3
  4. Slowly swing your right foot forward while keeping your leg straight, until the angle between your leg and the floor is about 45 degrees. Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs - for Seniors 4
  5. Slowly return your right foot to the starting position. Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs - for Seniors 5
  6. Slowly swing your right foot out to the side while keeping your leg straight, until the angle between your leg and the floor is about 45 degrees. Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs - for Seniors 6
  7. Slowly return your right foot to the starting position. Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs - for Seniors 7
  8. Slowly swing your right foot backwards while keeping your leg straight, until the angle between your leg and the floor is about 45 degrees. Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs - for Seniors 8
  9. Slowly return your right foot to the starting position. Single Leg Swing Balance With Chairs - for Seniors 9
  10. Place your right foot back on the ground, raise your left foot off the ground, transfer your weight onto your right leg and repeat steps 4-9 with your left leg.
  11. Repeat steps 4-10 for as many repetitions as you desire.

Why Is The Single Leg Swing Balance Exercise So Great For Seniors?

Like the single leg bent knee balance exercise, the single leg swing balance exercise gives you the safety net of two chairs to grab onto, should you need them. Additionally, the slow pace of the exercise means that while it does challenge your balance, you are still always in control, so the chances of falling and injuring yourself are minimal.

Single Leg Swing Balance Exercise Variations:

If you’ve mastered the single leg swing balance exercise and need a bit more of a challenge, give these variations a try:

  1. Take your hands off the chairs and perform the single leg swing balance exercise with no extra support.
  2. Wear ankle straps when performing the single leg swing balance exercise to double up its benefits and improve your strength and balance at the same time.