Microphone Tips

Microphone Tips from the Audio Visual Technician at the High Country Conference Center Flagstaff

  • No matter what kind of microphone you use, your goal is to speak in a normal conversational tone. You should never strain your voice just to be heard.
  • Lectern 'goose neck' microphones are great, but can be tricky. You want to make sure you project your voice towards the microphone at all times, but don't become frozen. It takes a little practice to naturally move around and use gestures without compromising the sound of your voice.
  • Make sure to point the microphone at your mouth, if it is pointed at your chest or forehead, go ahead and adjust the microphone.
  • You don't want to be too close or too far from the microphone. 6-10 inches is a good distance. If you want to be louder or softer you can get closer or farther from the microphone.
  • If you do move around behind the lectern, make sure to leave your head angled towards the microphone, try not to talk while facing away from the microphone or you might not be heard.
  • Wireless microphones can help a presenter who doesn't want to have their movement restricted, with a wireless microphone you can move around the room and connect with your audience.
  • Remember that microphones are delicate and should be handled with care. If you have any questions at all regarding microphone use just ask your friendly A/V tech for help.

“How Do You Use a Microphone Properly?” by Lisa B. Marshall

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