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