A Microphone often rhymes with speaking in front of many people. A large seminar, an annual convention, the kick off of a new product or service…
During these events, if you are invited to speak on stage, it is likely that you are bringing an important message with you; a message with stakes involved for the company and for you.
Faced with this situation, the mic should not be a source of concern. It is therefore important to create the conditions to reassure yourself, starting with the choice of microphone.
Madonna or the hand mic, what to choose?
Often, during an event, we’re asked for advice regarding the choice of mics: should we be equipped with a Madonna mic or is the conventional hand-mic sufficient? Two mics, two approaches; Here’s our opinion:
1 – The Madonna mic
In terms of leadership, a speaking engagement that must bring an audience on board, the Madonna mic is more effective. It allows you to be more engaged and to have your hands free for the remote control and possibly some notes.
However, this type of mic does have some constraints. You cannot install it alone; the stage manager has to equip you. And you will remain equipped until the end of your intervention… It is therefore advisable, for example, to take all precautions (technical break), before installation. Choose a shirt or blouse to easily hide the mic wire. The wire is connected to a small box that will have to be attached somewhere, usually on the belt or waist area. For women, beware of outfits without pockets or belts, which could be problematic.
2 – The hand-mic
The hand-mic appears less restrictive at first. The concern, unlike the Madonna option, is that in order for the audience to hear us, we have to hold the mic in front of our mouth. This is why we often hear: “stick the mic in front of your chin and it will be fine!” This advice makes life easier for technicians by guaranteeing a unified sound. But this is to be avoided! By pressing the mic against your chin, you lower your voice down to your throat and thus displace it. It is then more complicated to mark the intonations, and your tone becomes monochord and disembodied.
We therefore advise you to turn, not just your head, but your entire upper body in one movement, head and arms included. This will allow you to keep your expression, and above all, free your voice.
As you can see, speaking with a microphone is something technical. So, you have to learn how to do it because the mic is one of the speaker’s essential tools. The remote control and being in presenter mode, are the best allies of those who speak regularly in public.
So, if you know in advance that your speech requires a microphone, rehearse with it! This will enable you to not focus on it and to pay real attention to your audience when the time comes.