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Microphones

It is essential that your listeners hear you properly. If you
speak to a very large group, you need a microphone. Unfortu-
nately, many people create all kinds of excuses for not using
one. They act as if they were bitten by one, as a child.
     It is important to rehearse in advance so you can feel
comfortable working with your microphone. Practice turning
it on and off! Sounds simple, but it is the most common
problem! Presenters frequently cry: "The sound system does
not work." But they didnít turn on the mike!


     Always set the microphone to the appropriate height
before you begin - two to five inches away from your lips. If you
must adjust it while speaking, turn the switch off first, move
the stand, then turn it on again. This way, you will not make
annoying loud noises. Try to know the name of the person who
will operate the sound system and where to adjust the volume
on the amplifier. To be on the safe side, have someone in the
audience who can turn down the volume if there is feedback.
     Feedback is a typical problem with microphones. Itís
usually caused by one of the following:
  • The presenter stands too close to the microphone.
  • There are other microphones or certain electronic
    gadgets close by.
  • Hand held microphones are used too close to the
    sound systemís speakers (particularly if they are



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