Sound: the most misunderstood medium


The most misunderstood medium

Sound: The most misunderstood medium

The world of public speaking is plagued by sound problems and poor audio quality. Many of these issues are caused or enabled by speakers/presenters who misuse microphones and do not understand their sonic environments. Most speaker training programs and materials do not address this critical aspect of speaking/presenting.

Using a microphone during a speech or presentation does not need to be such a perilous, mysterious experience. Sonic Survival for Speakers provides the simple, practical, non-technical rules of sonically defensive presenting – rules that have been widely overlooked throughout the industry. Our services include individual training and consulting; instructional lectures for groups, classes and organizations; a forthcoming book and a selection of educational materials for speakers/presenters, educators, meeting/event planners and others.


Sonic Survival for Speakers was created by veteran sound engineer and music/event producer, Brian Young. Having seen countless speakers, presenters and performers struggle with self-inflicted sound problems and other sonic challenges, Brian created this educational resource to provide microphone users and meeting/event planners with simple, practical tips and techniques for avoiding unnecessary audio anarchy.

Brian's career in audio, music and event production spans more than thirty years. He has provided audio and production support for a wide range of business applications - from small meetings and conferences to large-scale events for clients such as IBM, Canon, Met Life, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Colgate-Palmolive, Calvin Klein, Sky TV, CBS TV, The American Cancer Society and the White House Communications Agency.

On the stage and in the studio, Brian has worked with a potpourri of preeminent performers, including: Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK, John Oliver, Trombone Shorty, Liza Minnelli, Tito Puente, Yoko Ono, Arlo Guthrie, Kool Moe Dee, Joan Osborne, Southside Johnny, Breathe Carolina, Paquito D'Rivera, Lucinda Williams, B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, Jackie Mason, Whoopi Goldberg, Judy Collins, Kristin Chenoweth, Lily Tomlin, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He created and co-produced the Songs of the Spirit concert series, which premiered at New York City's Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in 2005 and toured New York and Massachusetts in 2007 - 2008.

Brian's work as a writer/producer includes campaign ads for members of the New York State Legislature. Among his charitable activities are the writing and production of public service announcements for the non-profit organization Cancer Care, including a New Jersey radio campaign that featured Jon Bon Jovi.

Brian spent the early 1980s as a staff engineer at Quad Recording Studios in New York City, where he has also worked as a theatrical sound designer. Brian began his audio career working as an engineer for WWVA Radio's "Jamboree USA" at the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia - where, as a much younger country music fan, he was thrilled by the opportunity to run the 12-channel mixing board for live performances by such legendary artists as Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Having spent many years in a multitude of recording studios and performing arts venues (and airports and hotels), Brian now lives on a quiet, suburban New Jersey street where he enjoys writing, working in his home recording studio and helping his wife and kids manage their hyperactive Australian cattle dog.

© Copyright 2016 Parallel Voice Productions, LLC

© Copyright 2016 Parallel Voice Productions, LLC