Setting up a Google Hangout is not obvious, here are the steps I take to create one.
1. Create the Hangout On Air
Go to https://plus.google.com/hangouts/onair, and click ‘Create Hangout On Air’.
2. Configure the Hangout
Set the title, description, start and duration. I also invite the relevant people/circles.
You should see your hangout in a list here: https://plus.google.com/events
You’re all set.
3. Start the Hangout
15 minutes or so before the start, go and find the Hangout page. If you’re running the Hangout, you must press the
Start button, simply joining it will not give you the ability to start the broadcast.
4. Invite Guests
When starting the Hangout, you have the opportunity to add guests. I believe these people are then able to join in on the conversation.
5. Publish Links
When you’ve started the hangout, you then have an extra link which people can use to join as guests. I usually publish this in gitter/twitter so any other interested parties can join in.
When you’re ready to start, press the
Start Broadcast button, and viewers will be able to watch your live stream. The video will automatically be saved to YouTube when you’re done.