13 Microphone Use

It is best practice for everyone to use a microphone even if they think they speak loud enough. Microphone use is not only about volume, but is also about clarity.

Microphone Use

Ask Yourself

  • Does your space have microphones for both presenters and participants and are you aware of who to call if they do not work?

Recommended Practices

 Encourage everyone to use a microphone and include that goal in any orientation given to presenters. 

  • Avoid asking if people can hear you because some might not want to “out” themselves by having to ask for the microphone to be used. 
  • Ensure that there are plenty of microphones and that the style (handheld, standing, wireless, lapel, podium) work well for the event and the users. 
  • If someone asks a question without a microphone, have the moderator or access point person repeat the question into the microphone.
  • Using microphones can help many in the audience but it also helps captioners’, interpreters, remote participants and other access providers get clear language. 

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