Voice care #3: acoustics

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever thought about the acoustics in a room where you're speaking? We mostly look at the size of the room and the configuration of seating when determining how much we'll need to project or whether we'll need amplification. But there are other issues that can contribute to voice strain that we should pay attention to when we're researching our speaking venues. Visit the acoustically friendly and unfriendly rooms at the Voice Academy to learn more!

Strange speaking venues, part 1

Speaker Confessions

I’ve given lectures in some strange places, but this venue is a new one. Hanselman explains what you’re seeing here: They’ve used curtains to build up a “room&# on the bleachers of this part of the stadium. That acts as an overflow room, and there’s people sitting out there also. It’s a very clever way to do it, and they’ve set up six different track rooms, all like this, around the stadium.

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Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

Recently, João posted photos of the speaking venue at the upcoming conference on the District 59 Spring Conference Facebook Page. Seasoned public speakers understand the importance of being familiar with the speaking venue prior to the actual event. But in today’s world of long-distance travel, we often do not get to visit the venue until the day (or even a few hours) before. Seeing the room in advance is important. The room is wide and deep.

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Make a big space more intimate

Speak Schmeak

"In the boom, in the 80s, of comedy clubs, all these entrepreneurs were putting together these rooms with these high ceilings and 'Hey, look at this great comedy room!' It's supposed to be a low, low ceiling.'" ~ Actor/Comedian/Producer/Writer Carol Leifer "Comedy rooms are very hard to figure out. A couple of commenters on that post talked about bad conference rooms they had spoken in, including this comment from Rowan Manahan: ".Not

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Make a big space more intimate

Speak Schmeak

"In the boom, in the 80s, of comedy clubs, all these entrepreneurs were putting together these rooms with these high ceilings and 'Hey, look at this great comedy room!' It's supposed to be a low, low ceiling.'" ~ Actor/Comedian/Producer/Writer Carol Leifer "Comedy rooms are very hard to figure out. A couple of commenters on that post talked about bad conference rooms they had spoken in, including this comment from Rowan Manahan: ".Not

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3 ways a microphone can contribute to your success as a speaker

Pivotal Public Speaking

They are not confident that they know how to use it, they believe their audience will be able to hear them, they consider that they have projection skills, they have spoken in the venue before … and more. It may be that there is machinery either within the room, like an air conditioner, or outside. It may be that there is another function or a noisy kitchen beside your room. Visit the room before your presentation if you can. Test the acoustics.

Bridging the Gap

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

When you’re a presenter, you know you’re in trouble when you arrive to find a room where the audience needs the Hubble Space Telescope to pick up your distant signals. U2, who know a thing or two about connecting with an audience, use a ‘B-stage’, a small, catwalk-style stage extension that takes them out into the middle of the audience when it’s time to play something acoustic and intimate.