Microphone Techniques for Speakers and Performers

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Why is handheld microphone technique so important for speakers? Have you ever seen someone speak into a handheld microphone and yet been unable to hear them clearly, you’ve probably been tempted to blame the PA system? But what if I told you that the cause of this all too common problem is the presenter’s poor microphone use, not the technology. . Bad microphone technique is like bad breath. 1) Microphone Directionality. 2) Microphone Distance.

Microphone faux pas

Speak Schmeak

I forget it's there and find myself smacking my chest, rustling papers right next to it as I'm getting ready to give handouts, and any other variety of microphone faux pas. What other microphone mistakes have you made or seen? I'm a "handsy" speaker; that is, I gesture a lot.

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Quick tips on using a microphone

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Here are some quick tips on using a microphone. Happy Friday! Enjoy! You'll have to crank up the sound on both your computer and YouTube; it recorded at a very low volume.). Quick Fixes The Business of Coaching Voice

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Seth Godin: Speakerphone voice

Manner of Speaking

In this blog post from … Continue reading → Seth Godin Microphone public speaking speakerphoneSeth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it.

Microphone reminder

Speak Schmeak

At WEV graduation the other night, I noticed that a few of the speakers still could barely be heard, even though they were using a microphone. The microphone can't do all the work. Download my free handout "What To Do With That Pesky Microphone.".

Microphone manners

The Eloquent Woman

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who's campaigning to keep that post, is the latest politician to let an inopportune remark collide with an open microphone -- and anytime politicians are out campaigning, this kind of accident might occur. Tags: microphones speaker tips

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How to use a microphone

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We'll be working on their elevator speeches in class tomorrow, as well as their microphone skills. It's probably a good idea to use a microphone if there are more than 30-40 people in a room, but it depends on the venue.

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Use the microphone when you present

Executive Speech Coach

Sunday, December 20, 2009 Use the microphone when you present Use the microphone: If there are more than 40 people in the room. If the speakers before you used the microphone. If any of the above is true - Use the microphone. Use the microphone. Use the microphone.

Public Speaking: Microphone Tips

Great Public Speaking

If you are speaking in any venue that is larger than an average sized classroom or conference room, I strongly suggest using a microphone to prevent vocal strain. There are two types of microphones you are likely to encounter. This type of microphone usually has a battery pack, which you attach to your waistband, allowing you to move about freely. The second type of microphone is hand held or fixed to a stand or podium.

Use the Microphone

Executive Speech Coach

The speakers before you used the microphone. If any of the above scenarios is true - Use the Microphone. Forget the macho “I don’t need a microphone” stuff. Use the Microphone. Use the Microphone. George Torok The Speech Coach for Executives speaker microphone Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. There are more than 40 people in the room. You are speaking for more than five minutes.

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Public Speaking: Which Type of Microphone Should I Use?

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Public speaking often requires the speaker to use a microphone. The type of microphone you use is dictated by the venue of your event, the purpose of your presentation and the size of your audience. There are three types of microphones: shotgun, handheld and lavaliere.

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Are you making these rookie mistakes?

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Not using a microphone Speaker: "Do I need a microphone? It is never the audience's job to tell you if you need a microphone. Most experienced speakers use a microphone when there are more than 30 or 40 people in the room.

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He’s Too Manly To Use the Mike – What Can You Do?

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But please don’t be afraid to use our microphone.”. Many times, fear is the reason why seemingly polished presenters balk when we request that they use the microphone. But deep down, the real reason he’s brushing off microphone support is because he’s scared.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

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One particular man, a very self absorbed doctor, got hold of the microphone and completely forgot that I was co presenting. So she gave me a microphone too, and I started to say something.

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How to Convince your Audience that your Point of View is Valid


all the reasons you stand before microphones and address an audience, persuading people to take up your cause is one of the toughest.

Jean-Ralphio: Speech Expert

Speak Schmeak

Drop the microphone, get out of that b!tch. From last night's episode of Parks and Recreation: Tom Haverford, hoping to give the best man speech at his friend Andy's wedding, consults Jean-Ralphio for advice. Jean-Ralphio: Can I throw something on you, see if it feels good? Okay, this is what I would do. I would start with a joke. Vince Vaughn quote. Obviously. Tom: Swingers or Crashers? Jean-Ralphio: Fred Claus. Talk about Andy's ex-girlfriends. Quote from "Love, Actually."

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Make your audience feel like rock stars

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Have you noticed that, at many or most concerts (I don't have a scientific number, but let's just say many), the band holds the microphone out to the audience at some point for them to sing? Have you ever gone to a concert or watched one on TV?

Storytelling advice from Akira Kurosawa

Presentation Zen

Even a smartphone and a good microphone will do the trick. Akira Kurosawa was one of the masters of cinema. Below is a six-minute interview where Kurosawa offers advice to aspiring filmmakers, but the advice can be applied more widely to other creative disciplines as well.

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My Favorite Independence Day Speech.

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Independence Day Cheesy Movie Speeches Microphones Bill Pullman Sound Systems Fourth of JulyDramatic, cheesy, and just short of Captain Kirk-y. Enjoy your Independence Day fellow Americans - and for my International audience, well, I hope you all had an awesome day too!

Talk About the Talk: Margot Bolon's maid of honor speech

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I think she handled it--including the mishap with the microphone--just right, and I''m delighted to have a real-life example of a maid of honor''s speech on the blog.) In the middle of my toast, the microphone cut out. It felt like an hour until I had a microphone back in my hand. “So,

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My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

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It''s worth investing in a decent microphone (preferably wired, for best sound); here are my picks. In that case, check out a desktop USB microphone like this one. It''s the most wonderful time of the year!

Stay weird.

Speak Schmeak

Then John Legend stepped to the microphone and continued, "We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago. Our favorite, and most effective, awards show speeches tend to go one of two directions: Humor or passion.

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The Eloquent Woman in Toastmaster magazine

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Titled How Technology Has Changed Public Speaking: From soapbox to teleprompter, the article looks at critical technologies like the microphone, sound recording, television, teleprompters, tweets and more--and the implications for public speakers today.

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Lost in Translation – Ten Tips for Working with Interpreters

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In simultaneous interpretation, the interpreter is sitting in a booth with headphones and a microphone. He hears the source language in his headphones and conveys the message in the target language through the microphone, which feeds into the earpieces that the members of the audience have.

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3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data

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Something happens to them—whether it’s the shift from one audience member to many or the addition of a wireless lavalier microphone to their collar or the presence of slides or something else happening in the non-visible spectrum—they get boring. Have you ever had lunch with a genius?

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Share your presentations at MyBrainshark

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You can use a microphone or webcam and record your narration. MyBrainshark is a free slide-sharing site that allows you to record narration in one of 3 ways: You can call a telephone number and speak your narration on the phone. You can record Mp3 files (perhaps using Audacity) and upload them. (I I explain how to use Audacity in another context here.). You can also upload video and photos and narrate over them.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

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It''s much easier to spend a lot of time making your microphone louder than it is working on making your message more compelling." Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog.

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Stop trying to be a hero

Speak Schmeak

Refusing to use notes , refusing to use a microphone , refusing to get help. Photo Credit: JD Hancock via Compfight cc Yesterday I was working with a client who will be speaking at a memorial service for his recently-deceased father.

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6 public speaking tips for your next protest rally speech

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Do your part by leaning into the microphone, keeping it so close to your mouth you could take a bite out of it. With protests rising in number worldwide, public speakers need to dust off--or just learn for the first time--the skill of addressing a public protest rally.

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