A microphone is one of the basic tools of public speaking. Most people treat it like it’s some form of weird alien technology designed to make communicating a more difficult ordeal than it already is. Here are a few simple tips to help you use a mic to full advantage.
- Before your presentation, take time to become familiar with the microphone.
- Test the Microphone. Say at least one or two sentences to hear how your voice is being projected. Make sure you can be heard at the back of the room.
- Adjust the microphone to the correct height and distance from you. It should be positioned at chin level approximately two to five inches away.
- Speak directly into the microphone. Don’t turn your head away from it or your voice will not project evenly and your message will not be clear.
- Breathing should be as quiet as possible, regular and without undue tension of muscles. Noisy breathing, rustling papers and clutching or kicking the mike stand will be magnified.
- Be Aware of microphone cords, particularly if wearing a throat mike.
- Use vocal energy as you would when speaking without a microphone. Project – make your voice as resonant as possible.
- Relax. Think of the microphone as a friend and let it carry your message.