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The Story Behind Great Events

Sharing our tips and knowledge gathered over 25 years in the industry.

Event Tips

By Edel Kenny

Top 5 Tips on Wearing a Headset Microphone

  1. Nervous Presenter

Public speaking can be a daunting 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.

  1. Flexibility

Going hands fee 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. 

  1. Muted

For good time management you may be miced up 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.

  1. Outfit

This may seem like an unusual one but 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!

  1. Don’t Adjust

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 headset will 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 should be avoided as they can hit off the microphone during the presentation causing unwanted noise disruption. 

All of the above will be outlined when we meet with the client and during the rehearsal / run through.

The Story Behind Great Events

Sharing our tips and knowledge gathered over 25 years in the industry.

Event Tips

By Edel Kenny

10 Tips for Event Time Management

 

 

One of the key elements to get right at your event is time management. This can make or break your event. If all the elements are not in place when your event begins cracks will show and it will ultimately take away from the overall event.

 

So how do we prevent this from happening?

 

Follow our 10 Tips below:

 

  1. Have a timed scheduled for the AV setup – consult with your AV company to discuss how long they will take to get everything in place
  2. Ensure presentations are saved in the correct file format for display
  3. Ideally the set up and rehearsals should be complete one hour before the doors open to the public thus allowing for any last minute changes
  4. Have a running order with time allocated to each speaker or demonstration thus allowing them to prepare their speech/demonstration to match the timings
  5. Begin your event on time e.g. if your first speaker is supposed to be on at 9am the speaker begins at 9am not at 9:02
  6. On stage use a countdown timer to indicate time remaining which will allow presenter to keep to their allotted time
  7. A second countdown on the stage will allow the presenter to move around the stage while still being able to read the display
  8. The presenter can bring his/her speech to a timely conclusion- this is the most crucial point
  9. When creating the running order of speakers remember to allow for changeovers and the essential tea break!
  10. Finally, an experienced technician is used to solving any problems that may arise
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