A Day In The Life: Here's How I Prepped For My First Facebook Live Video

This week I had my first professional opportunity to do a Facebook Live video. A few months ago, I was introduced by a mutual friend to Ann Shoket, the former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine. She was working on a book for millennial women and wanted to speak with someone who could give advice about how to negotiate for a raise at work. We met for coffee and she wound up writing about our conversation in her forthcoming book, “The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be.”

Ann invited me to join her for a conversation about how to deal with career rejection (I was laid off from my last job) on Facebook Live, hosted at Rent The Runway’s Design Studio. Here’s how I spent my day:

11 AM: Drybar appointment.

Ann and I got to choose a few outfit options from Rent The Runway to wear on camera, so I didn’t need to stress about what to wear. It was raining heavily that day so I was particularly glad to get professional hair help. Sometimes I’m frustrated by the amount of time and money I spend on looking put together, but I haven’t yet found a way around it. One thing I’ve learned from giving many, many public presentations is that looking my best helps me feel competent and confident, so it still seems worth it.

12:30: Inside Rent The Runway’s Design Studio.

Two staff members met Ann and me at the front desk and led us to the Design Studio. It’s an Instagram dream. Everything is precisely curated and well lit. The spacious dressing rooms had plush rugs and floor length mirrors angled back against the wall so you see yourself at a more flattering angle.

12:55 pm: Last minute preparations.

Once Ann and I were dressed and ready, the video producer made some final lighting tweaks and we went over our talking points again. The goal was to strike a balance between natural conversation and making sure we covered a few specific topics and stories without being overly promotional.

We did a dry run of… sitting on the couch. Yes, that’s Ann showing me a photo of myself sitting on the couch. When you’re going to be on camera live in front of potentially thousands of people, you want to make sure nothing’s sticking out or folded or scrunched in a way that’s not ideal.

1:30: That’s a wrap!

We finished our Facebook Live chat with only one minor issue (the iPhone camera was initially set up in the wrong direction). Ann shared her story about how she still has a stack of rejection letters (actual physical, paper letters, not emails) from the start of her career and how they still sting, even years later. I talked about how getting laid off was initially shocking, but led me to turn my side hustle into a full time business. We took a few questions from viewers, and after about 20 minutes, we were done.

2:30: Back to reality.

We had to return our dresses, but I got to go through the rest of my day with fancier-than-normal hair and makeup. I headed to a co-working space in midtown to eat a late lunch and prepare for a client meeting later that afternoon.

This post originally appeared in Women@Forbes, where Alexandra Dickinson is a contributor. She writes about how to use a negotiation mindset to achieve your goals.

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Alexandra Dickinson

Alexandra Dickinson is the CEO and founder of Ask For It, a boutique consulting company working to close the gender wage gap by effecting change at both the institutional and individual level. We work with companies, schools, organizations and individuals through a combination of trainings, workshops and consulting. Our goal is for women and men to be paid based on their talents and skills, regardless of gender, and for our company to have been an important part of that change.