What we learned about hosting better Spaces
As a parting gift, I’m going to drop in some tips that we gathered from the Spaces we’ve hosted that we think will up our game:
- As a host, when questions are long or a listener has multiple questions, take short notes as they are speaking to ensure you respond to everything they say.
- If you are co-hosting with another creator or colleague, designate one person to take notes throughout. There might be something you forget that comes in handy later.
- If you are trying to encourage a Q&A portion, people can need some coaxing to speak up — make it as comfortable for them as possible. One way to do that is to have each speaker tell the listeners what they most want to learn from this group. That can work as a prompt.
- It can be hard to keep the conversation on topic — you may need to direct people to your DMs to make sure the conversation flows and everyone gets a chance to speak. The phrase “Let’s take this offline” is your friend.
- Even though we still had a queue of people requesting to speak, we saw listener numbers drop slightly as we approached the one-hour mark. People probably needed to drop off to grab a sandwich or a coffee after a while. The lesson in that is: this was a good format, we should do it again, and people have more to say. But we don’t need to cover everything in one Space, and 45 minutes was a great timestamp for what we were trying to achieve.
The last thought I want to leave you with here is an acknowledgement that speaking in front of people, even in a digital setting, can be nerve-racking. Make your life easier by drafting a short introduction and a couple of sentences to help you phrase a smooth sign-off.
I’d love to hear if you’re already using Spaces to help promote your newsletter, or if you plan to in the future. And I’m always eager to hear about regular Spaces I might be missing — send me your recommendations and I’ll share the best ones in a later issue!