Here’s The Difference Between Your Typical YouTube Stream and a Tony Robbins Seminar

Want to have your next piece of content look and feel as polished as the best productions? Want to take your channel to that next level? Audio Engineer Paul Klimson breaks down everything he’s learned from touring with Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots and Drake in order to help you look & sound even better.

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What separates phenomenal content from great content? What’s the difference between a regular YouTube stream and a Tony Robbins seminar? It’s simple.  

  • TONY HAS AN ANNOUNCER
  • HE HAS AN INTRO
  • HE HAS SHARED HIS VISION WITH HIS ENTIRE TEAM SO THAT EVERY ELEMENT BUILDS TOWARD THE STORY AND TO WHAT HE WANTS TO CONVEY. 
  • WHEN  HE HITS CENTER STAGE, IT IS GO TIME AND HE DOESN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE ELEMENTS SUPPORTING HIM.
  • AND MOST IMPORTANT — HE HAS MASTERED THE ELEMENTS AND DYNAMICS OF MAKING YOU FEEL WHAT HE’S FEELING. 

Like any good storyteller, like when Tom Hanks hits the late-night TV circuit, they bring you in with their voice and their range and their pacing. They pull you in.

When the lights go out, there is an expectation.

It’s building to a moment. There is a tension. The audience knows that something is about to happen. 

And if you can nail the intro — if you can own that first 30-60 seconds — if you can pop that balloon, then you’ve got them for the entire show. The audience will be right there with you. You’ve got them for the full show. And as long as you kill for your ending number — you send them off with the memory. The full experience. That’s the show.  

Now, Imagine what would happen if the lights dimmed. The intro music starts. Then the band doesn’t come right out. What if you had to wait another 5 minutes? All the tension would be deflated and all the energy would dissipate. You can’t get that back.

IT DOES NOT MATTER IF IT IS LIVE MUSIC, TV, A TWITCH STREAM, OR A YOUTUBE REEL, THE ELEMENTS ARE THE EXACT SAME. 

And this is why we practice. This is why we rehearse every detail. We practice to find the trouble parts. And there must be a commitment to process. You have to crawl before you can walk and it gets easier and faster but you need to stick to this routine every time. 

Paul Klimson brings over twenty highly-credited years of technical experience to the world of pro-audio in the areas of television broadcasts, arena performances, international music festivals, and top-tier special events production.

These tips were extracted from an interview with Paul Klimson during the Earthworks “From The Stage to the Screen” series. This show takes best practices from industry professionals — from your favorite concerts, albums, movies, and productions — and helps streamers, gamers, creators, and business presenters to tell more impactful and meaningful stories. Let us know if you want to see the full collection of tips.

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