Does tapping the microphone really turn it on?

It seems to be a ritual of the average presenter: Jump on stage, look into the audience, and before saying a word, he or she taps on the microphone.  Then there’s the “tap 3 times” followed by the “is this thing on?” presenter. Or how about the grab the microphone and blow into it? And finally, the “Can everybody hear me?” presenter. (There’s actually a ton more, but refrain will be practiced here) What’s wrong with this practice? As soon as you start tapping or blowing into the microphone, your audio technician (or A/V person) will turn down the volume to prevent damage to the sound system or damage to your audience members’ ears. Here’s the best practice: Introduce yourself to the technician in charge of the sound. If you’re going to be wearing a lavalier microphone, ask if there are boundaries or places you shouldn’t stand while presenting. If you’re using the lectern microphone, in most cases you just need to walk up and start speaking like you’re addressing a large audience; but it can’t hurt to ask the audio tech if there’s anything you need to know about the microphone. Discuss a plan. What’s the plan? The audio tech will be watching for you to jump up on stage and start presenting. Make eye contact, give a thumbs up, and start speaking. Your thumbs up is the cue to bring up your microphone volume. No tapping necessary! In fact, that little bit of dialog and pre-planning with the audio tech will result in some of the best audio you’ve had and you won’t start your presentation off with the “is this thing on” distraction.... read more

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Walk in 5 minutes prior to your presentation and expect technology to work? Think again.

Are you guilty of showing up to present just minutes before your presentation starts? Great! This article is about to make you a more technically prepared presenter (the time you show up is on you). Not guilty? Good for you. There’s tips and helpful checklist below to add to your knowledge base. Ready for step one? Learn to operate the device you are presenting with. It sounds like the obvious, but if there were a dollar for each time a presenter walked in with a new, borrowed, or “never used it for a presentation” device, world peace could be purchased. Whatever device you use, assure that it’s practical and fit for the duty. (For this article, we’ll use a laptop computer as our example) Connect your laptop to a display. Connect your laptop to multiple displays. Repeat these steps. You’ve put the effort into designing your presentation; now make sure you can share it with your audience. Understand how your laptop interfaces to an external display. What are the ports (connectors) on your laptop for outputting a signal? Do you have multiple connection choices? Do you need adapters? Is there a keyboard sequence to export your video signal? If you present frequently, it is likely that you will encounter multiple scenarios for connecting your laptop. Are you ready? • Have multiple adapters for connecting your laptop to a display. • Never assume your laptop will interface with the display you’ll be using at your next presentation. • Until you have connected your laptop and tested it with the actual display device being used for your presentation, assume it doesn’t... read more