Sound is very important to video! It’s also very important when speaking in public! You should understand the basics so that the microphone doesn’t get in the way of your message: Here are some tips on how to use a microphone for public speaking:

  1. Hold the microphone up near your chin, so close it almost touches. I know that it feels awkward to do, but, trust me, you will sound much better!
  2. Avoid holding the microphone right up to your mouth. (When you hold it right up to your mouth, you end up sounding like someone working at the drive-through at your favorite fast food restaurant.)
  3. Everyone needs to use a microphone, regardless of the natural volume of their voice. You may think that you’re loud enough without one, but, chances are, there will always be a couple of people in the back of the room who will miss your speech if you do not use a microphone.
  4. If the microphone is making an unpleasant, high pitched noise, it is probably because you are standing in front of the speaker. When using a microphone, you need to stand behind the speaker, not in front of it or beside it.