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How to Keep Talking While Streaming

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One of the biggest mistakes new streamers make is not talking while they stream. While it is understandable not to speak when you think nobody is listening when casual viewers stop by to visit, most won’t stay unless you are speaking.

Don’t assume that potential viewers will reach out to you. It is your job to produce the content that will entice them to stay.

How to Talk on Stream

  1. Chat with friends on Discord while you stream
  2. Invite people you know to your Twitch chat
  3. Network with streamers who talk on stream
  4. Engage with you chat
  5. Narrate what you are doing on stream
  6. Talk about your day-to-day life
  7. Plan your content ahead of time
  8. Talk about products that you love
  9. Practice “Just Chatting”

How to Talk on Stream Without Chat Engagement

Streamers who want their channel to be successful often invite friends to talk with them during the stream either through Discord or the platform’s chat. They pre-plan talking points for their stream. These may include stories from their real-life or game walkthroughs with narration. Some may talk about their hobbies or an upcoming event that excites them. 

It can feel strange to talk to nobody in particular without a response. With practice and consistency, it will get easier. When your viewers start to pour in, the exercise will also help you naturally engage with them, making it easier for them to connect with you as a person. Here are a few ways to teach you how to talk on stream.

Chat With Friends on Discord While You Stream

Ask a few of your trusted friends to spend time with you when you first start streaming. Even if they aren’t playing the same game as you, they can keep you chatting. Make sure that they understand that you are streaming so that they won’t say anything that may result in your channel getting banned. For information on censored topics, read our post, What You Can’t Say on Twitch (or Mixer).

As you and your friends chat frequently, the conversation will be natural and easy-going. Pretty soon, you will “forget” that others may or may not be listening, and you will enjoy yourself. This is precisely what you want your viewers to notice when they click onto your channel. You can also create your own server which can act as the future hub for your community. For more information about this, read How to Create Your Stream Channel’s Discord Server

Invite People You Know to Your Twitch Chat

Ask your friends and family to watch your stream as you begin. Ask them to hang out in your chat and talk to each other. Not only will this give you a viewer count, other users who join your stream will see an active chat. Your friends can help integrate the new, potential followers by engaging with them and answering questions. 

Having them talk to you in chat will also train you to frequently check your chat and engage with your viewers. It keeps the conversation rolling and you can catch up with those who are important to you. 

If you stream on Twitch, a side benefit of having your friends and family help you out is your concurrent viewer count. Even though only three are needed, this is often the hardest milestone for new streamers to reach in order to achieve Affiliate status. For additional techniques to get there, read our article, How to Become a Twitch Affiliate in 7 Days

Network with Streamers Who Talk on Stream

Especially if you’re streaming as an introvert, speaking to people you can’t see may seem daunting. If you encounter a streamer in your popularity range that seemingly drives the conversation forward easily, try to network with them. Even if you don’t collaborate together, ask them for their insight. They may be able to give you a few simple tips and tricks which have worked well for them. 

Engage with Your Chat

When a new user visits your channel and writes to you, try to reply to them as soon as you can. Many people will leave your stream if you ignore your chat. Most will understand if you are in the middle of something that takes up most of your conversation. If you are at a casual place in your stream or in between games, make sure that you reply to those who want to talk to you. 

Make an effort to learn about those who frequent your stream and become regular viewers. Knowing a little about their lives will generate more conversations in the future. 

That being said, don’t call out lurkers in your stream. While some people don’t mind this, others will feel uncomfortable. Many people want to watch broadcasts casually and not necessarily participate. Continue on as usual and let them begin to engage in their own time. 

Narrate What You Are Doing on Stream

If you have nobody to talk to, narrate what you are doing. Give play-by-plays of your actions, point out special tricks you are using, or laugh at something that happens unexpectedly. Don’t let yourself zone-out. Produce something that you would want to watch.

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Create specific challenges for yourself. Game with a handicap or do pushups if you lose. This will make things more interesting for you and your viewers. Speak out your thought process as you navigate the game and adjust to the challenge. Title these broadcasts in a way that draws sparks curiosity in people browsing channels. For tips on how to name your stream, read our guide, 17 Ways to Title Your Stream to Get More Viewers.  

Talk About Your Day-to-Day Life

Share real-life stories with your viewers. Make sure to change names and to avoid giving information that would let them track you down. Talk about your future plans and things that you hope to do. Share why you started gaming and streaming. 

Get yourself hyped by talking about things that you love. What are your passions? Which hobbies are you interested in developing? Are there upcoming games that you are excited about playing? Where do you plan to visit the next time you travel? Make a list and use these things as filler for when your content has a lull. 

Plan Your Content Ahead of Time

Before each stream, write down several topics that want to discuss on stream. Setting up talking points ahead of time will remind you to keep chatting throughout your broadcast. 

Think about what you plan to stream and find ways to make sections educational. Viewers love learning while being entertained. Even little tips throughout your stream can make a significant impact.

Talk About Products that You Love

While you don’t want to overdo it, if there is a product that you love that relates to your stream, mention it periodically. Casually mentioning products is an excellent practice for when you have sponsors in the future. You can even think ahead of your dream sponsors and start working toward targeting them in the future. For more information about reaching out to sponsors, read our guide, How to Attract Stream Sponsors

Practice “Just Chatting”

If you still feel uncomfortable talking on stream, switch your channel to the “Just Chatting” category (if you stream on Twitch) and turn off your game. Look at the camera and make a solid effort to continually chat for twenty minutes. Even if nobody is watching, this focused effort will make jabbering while your broadcast easier over time. 

About the Author

Luci

Luci is a novelist, freelance writer, and active blogger. A journalist at heart, she loves nothing more than interviewing the outliers of the gaming community who are blazing a trail with entertaining original content.

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