Information for speakers/presenters

Information for speakers/presenters

Most public speakers have much more control over their microphones and sound quality than they realize. Depending on your level of experience, you may or may not be aware that the way in which you hold a microphone, the type of microphone that you use, your physical interactions with the room and the audience – even the clothing that you wear – can significantly affect the audio quality of your presentation.  The ability to communicate clearly with audiovisual personnel is another essential skill.  These are just a few examples of the many ways in which speakers/presenters directly influence the sonic success of their speeches, presentations and events.

Many people incorrectly assume that they can simply speak into a microphone and someone else will make sure that they are heard clearly. Although true in some situations, this false assumption often leads to unnecessary problems. Even in the most technologically advanced speaking environments, speakers/presenters can cause self-inflicted audio problems by misusing microphones or ignoring simple, basic rules of sound.

In less sophisticated environments, where the equipment, acoustics and technical support are often inferior, the risk of sound problems is even higher. In these situations, speakers/presenters often need to be more proactive and personally ensure that their basic audio needs are adequately addressed. Fortunately, this type of sonic self-defense does not require any knowledge of complicated audio technology.

Sonic Survival for Speakers provides public speakers with simple, practical tips and techniques for avoiding sound problems and ensuring the best possible sound quality. This information is available as an instructional lecture/Q&A for groups and classes, and as client-specific coaching/consulting for individuals and organizations.  The Sonic Survival for Speakers book (Be Heard Clearly: The Public Speaker's Guide to Avoiding Sound Problems and Using Microphones Correctly), audiobook and instructional videos are scheduled for release in 2018.

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