Facebook Live: First-Timer’s Mistakes and Lessons

Last Friday we hosted our first “Facebook Live” event at Asia Insight Circle. We wanted to reach out to members and friends to discuss a hot, trending topic. Here in Hong Kong we’re in the middle of the world’s largest “work from home” experiment. I called on former speaker Diana Wu David to speak about making a success of remote work.

Live from Hong Kong! The World's Largest Work From Home Experiment

Posted by Asia Insight Circle on Thursday, February 13, 2020

Have you undertaken a Facebook Live? It’s super easy – and that’s what makes it harder! Setting up is super simple. Open a new post, and choose “Go Live.” Before you start you can add a title. That’s it.

Once you start, there is no one watching. Yet remember – most people will watch this in recording. We started with soft introductions and hoped the audience would build.

When we’re good, Diana and I are in a really engaged conversation. When we’re bad, we’re very distracted and jumpy from subject to subject. On replay the video doesn’t always show the full picture. Did you see the three kids working at the same dining table? Did you see the boys crawl – then slide – behind us to get from room to room.

Even without kids, there are distractions on the screen. You’ll see who’s watching and who has recently joined. Wave at them! Say hello. Viewers can post questions. My advice – agree which one will review questions. Both of you distracted isn’t great.

Use the audience questions to build rapport. You can see who is asking what – Hello Kevin Devlin! You can respond to each person’s question and mention their name. It’s wonderful transparency.

Consider the timing, also. We stretched our session to one hour. Perhaps it would be better at 25-45 minutes – like podcasts.

We’re going to try again this Friday, with advice for all us home-bound workers. During the Coronavirus quarantine it may benefit people to learn new techniques and skills.

Do watch the video and if you have further feedback, please let us know. Thanks – Walter

Hong Kong Moving Forward: Paths & Protests | Antony Dapiran, Author “City of Protest”

What do we want?

When do we want it?

Our focus is Hong Kong and our Chatham House discussion features Antony Dapiran, author of “City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong.”

“Hong Kong is a city with a long history of civil disobedience.”

So begins the book blurb on Amazon.com for a now-sold-out book published in July 2017. It was a timeless observation on the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover. It is a timely observation today with most in Hong Kong wondering what’s next.

Discuss in confidence the changes and challenges facing Hong Kong today.

“We are on the cusp of what could be a general breakdown of law and order. It hasn’t gotten there yet, but the government hasn’t done anything to stop it,” said Antony Dapiran in The New York Times on 5 August 2019,

“City of Protest is a compelling look at the often-fraught relationship between politics and belonging, and a city’s struggle to assert itself.”

Please RSVP soonest to join our timely discussion with author Antony Dapiran (Twitter @AntD).


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You are welcome as our guest to your first breakfast (as seating allows).
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Email me – Walter(at)AsiaInsightCircle(dot)com

Antony Dapiran is a Hong Kong-based writer and lawyer, and the author of
“City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong”, published by Penguin.

His writing about the recent Hong Kong protests has appeared in
The Guardian, Bloomberg Opinion, New Statesman and Foreign Policy, among others, and he has provided comment and analysis to media from CNN, BBC and CNBC to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and beyond.

Antony has written and presented extensively on Hong Kong and Chinese politics, business and culture.  His recent articles are available on his portfolio website at www.antonydapiran.com

A fluent Mandarin speaker, he has resided between Hong Kong and Beijing for over twenty years. You can follow him on Twitter @AntD

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