Public speaking can be a daunting experience for many especially the first time you take to a stage in a crowded room. Add to that using a microphone! Sweaty palms and nerves are never a good mix with a handheld microphone that can often be forgotten about to hold close to the mouth. I have seen it be almost waved around as if been used to guide a plane into landing. Of course anytime you hand someone a microphone you offer them best practise advice in sound check/rehearsals but nerves are wicked for throwing off the best of us. For first time jitters a headset microphone gives your speaker the confidence in knowing the audience will hear all of their presentation with consistent sound throughout.
Going hands free allows you the freedom to move across the stage, leave the podium behind
and even venture down to engage with your audience. Headset microphones are designed for high intensity live performances, the fitness industry or for corporate events requiring
panel discussions etc. The headset is commonly used for a variety of events;
musical theatre, concerts, demonstrations and makeup masterclasses.
For good time management you may be wearing your headset microphone well in advance of your presentation or as part of the cast of a production. The AV Technician will have your microphone turned off at the sound desk until you’re ready to begin. Safe in the knowledge that you can head to the bathroom, chat without sharing with the audience or even have some lunch. You will not need to touch any of the buttons on the transmitter as all is controlled from the sound desk.
It may seem unusual to mention your fashion choices but I’ve the need to attach the transmitter in mind. The belt clip of the transmitter can be worn on a belt, waistband or guitar strap. For those opting to wear fabulous dresses with lightweight fabric keep in mind the need to attach the transmitter securely without pulling on the clothes. There is an option to add a waistband to hold
the transmitter so it goes under costumes to allow for quick costume changes. No one wants a delay back stage!
5. Don’t Adjust your Headset
The AV Technician will fit your headset microphone. The headmount (headband) will be placed at the back of your head, the earhook; the curved pieces of the headsetwill fit over your ears. The capsule module (mic) can be detached and worn on the left or right side of the face depending on your chosen preference.
The microphone boom will be adjusted to the corner of your smile. This positioning
will ensure good sound pick up. The headset should be visually unobtrusive
unlike the older models and be comfortable to wear.
Large statement earrings are stunning but wearing them with a headset microphone can cause unwanted noise disruption as the earring can bang off the microphone boom. This has created a scratching noise.