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Monday, September 14, 2009

TechnoGrannyShow, Professional Speakers Tips on Microphones, Stephanie Silverman 9-14-09

Stephanie Silverman is an Executive Coach specializing in Public Speaking and all areas of spoken communication.
She earned her MFA at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and has been working as a performer and voice/speech/presentation coach for over ten years.
In addition to being a public speaker and speaker trainer, Stephanie has worked with executives in a broad range of industries and sectors. She has also helped professional actors develop or diminish dialects for performances on stage and film.
As an award-winning voiceover performer, Stephanie can be heard in numerous audio books and educational materials from publishers such as Simon & Schuster; The Penguin Group; Houghton Mifflin; Little, Brown & Company; Mira; McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education (most often credited as Stephanie Wolfe).
Stephanie's most recent project has been her blog elaborating on the 10 Secrets for Great Communication that she authored on her web site.


Do your homework (whenever possible):

Find out what type of equipment you will be using (lavalier, or lapel, microphone; traditional mike on stand, handheld, etc.)
Where are the speakers located?
See if it is possible to test out the equipment in advance of the event

• If you can't get information in advance:

o speak to A/V person to understand how to use the equipment as you are being miked
o understand that you almost never hear what your audience hears
o plant someone in the audience who can signal you during the event if you cannot be heard

• General guidelines:
o when using a lapel microphone, position it wisely
o avoid loud jewelry!
o when responding to other panelists next to you stay facing the mike (front)
o touching the head of the microphone generally produces an unpleasant (and sometimes very LOUD sound)
o plosives - b's and p's - can often be very exaggerated when amplified
o Look at your audience and judge by their behavior if there is a problem being heard
o if there is a problem, fix it immediately - don't make do
o if holding a mike, keep it a consistent distance from the mouth and don't forget to use it every time you speak
o repeat questions asked by un-miked audience members before answering them
o if you have a stationary mike, position it close to your mouth and speak toward it every time
o if you must share a mike, reposition it every time you speak

Best wishes,

Stephanie Silverman


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