Top Tips for Google+ Live Hangouts – From a First-Timer

Tips for Google+ Hangouts I participated in my first Google Hangout last week, and again today with Alice Seba from DIY PLR as the host. There’s definitely a learning curve there and this week’s one was far better than the first.

To make it a little easier, I thought I’d share a few tips from my experience along with others I’ve rounded up using my handy dandy CurationSoft tool :).

I’ll admit I was a little nervous at first. After all, I’m one of those people who never turns on the video feature in Skype. And worse, I rarely take a shower before noon since I usually work out in the middle of the day when I need a break from sitting.

To start off, here are a few tips I learned:

  • Don’t look down! Try not to look down at the faces at the bottom of your screen, especially if your webcam is at the top. I noticed that everyone looked like they had their eyes closed because they were looking down.
  • Stay still, but not too still. We want to know that you’re alive and listening, so if you don’t move at all everyone starts to worry. Then again, if you’re jumping up and down it can get a little distracting.
  • Don’t leave without saying goodbye. Don’t ask a question and then leave the room. Yes, if you get up and walk out on video, we WILL notice.
  • Speak up. Remember to unmute yourself. If there’s more than a certain number in the Hangout, you’ll automatically be muted. So, if you don’t want to just look like you’re moving your mouth, click the microphone icon to be heard.
  • Cover your backside. Find a room divider, screen or backdrop to put behind you if you can – especially if your room is a mess or there’s a window behind you. I just used my 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath and Beyond to order a white canvas folding screen. Can’t wait to test it out!

Now, here are a few more tips from around the web for hosting or participating in Google+ Hangouts.


In this one you’ll see a great example of a creative backdrop you can use when hosting Hangouts:

Sugar Bee Crafts: Tips on a Google+ Live Hangout

Tips on a Google+ Live Hangout. Do you know what a Google+ Live hangout is?? I didn’t either, but I’m learning….basically, through your G+ account, you can have a Live Hangout – it’s like a videochat broadcast live – isn’t


An easy to follow, step-by-step explanation of how to host a Hangout:


How to Host a Google Hangout

Better yet, if you have a friend who has hosted a few successfully broadcast Google Hangouts, ask them if they can do a quick Hangout with you to show you the ropes! Still have questions? Or do you have any tips for using


Here’s a great video demo of how to start a Hangout yourself. Bob also explains a bit of how Hangouts on Air works. That’s the newer feature from Google which allows you to Broadcast and record your Hangout to put it on YouTube.


How to make and Join a Google Hangout Bob garlick from the Social Content Group does a quick tutorial on how to setup and join a Google hangout. Check out our blog for great content on Social Media and marketing tips.



Have you ever hosted or participated in a Google+ Hangout?

Any tips to share?