MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN USING A MICROPHONE
Using a Microphones – When used properly, can turn a rather boring event into an amazing one. Microphones not only keep the audience alert, it amplifies speech of the speaker. The audience is able to hear your jokes and everyone gets to have a laugh. There is nothing as annoying when a section of the audience is left wondering why the rest are laughing and are left passing notes to one another asking what you said. It is important to ensure you use the microphone well if you want to make an impact with your audience.
What not to do when using a microphone
- It takes a lot of input to make an event successful. So many factors may not go as planned because they are beyond your control. However it is important to do all you can to make the event a success for you and your audience. Even if you have spoken in many events such as this, you are never too experienced to do a mic check. Do not wait until it is your turn to speak to ask the audience if they can hear you. You should be confident enough on the performance of the mic before going on stage.
- Whatever you do, steer away from the speakers. That screeching sound no only shows you are amateurs, it is also distracting. There is nothing wrong with being an amateur, what you need not do is announce it to all and sundry. Give them the impression you have done this all your life. If you ooze of confidence, the audience is likely to be keen on what you have to say.
- Holding the microphone and not using it is a common mistake. If you have the microphone, kindly use it. It has a purpose. It is easy for a new user to forget that he has it in his hands. Try as much as possible not to forget.
- A lavalier mic is supposed to be clipped on your clothing. It is designed that way. Do not use it as a hand microphone.
- Microphones that have the on and off switches can be an embarrassment. It is always off when the most important speaker wants to use it. I bet you have been in events where this happens. Worse, no one is able to switch it on so they run around looking for another mic.
- Cupping the mic is something musicians do to create a boom. Leave that to them. Do not do this at an event unless you are trying to create the same impact musicians do.
Speaking in front of an audience is hard enough. All you can do is prepare yourself then pray that Murphy’s Law does not catch up with you. If you are adequately prepared to address the audience, then you have nothing to worry about. Proper use of the microphone is important for the audiences who have taken time to come and listen to you. The least you can do is prepare adequately so the output is great for all in attendance.