Use the microphone

If we’re offered a microphone to speak with it’s wise to use it.

Generally if a microphone is present on stage, it has been setup by a trained professional. Someone with years of experience in helping voices like ours to reach the back of the room. However confident we might feel about our mighty voice, we mustn’t let overconfidence push us to decline the microphone. Confidence doesn’t make us good at someone else’s job, sorry.

The history of the world is littered with the remains of speakers that refused to use the microphone. We just don’t know about them, because nobody heard them.

These speakers thought that their voice was strong enough to reach the back of the room, or that the room was small enough to enclose their voice. They were wrong, and whatever they had to say, no one heard.

Who knows what life changing messages have gone unheard, just because someone thought they knew better than a trained sound professional…!

A microphone is a gift to help us convey your message, we must use it.

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Rich Watts is the UK Business Speaker of the Year and a past JCI National Public Speaking champion. He setup and now runs Rich Public Speaking providing presentation skills and public speaking training.

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