One thing that you will undoubtably encounter at your event or wedding is that someone at some point will speak into a microphone. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will ensure success with even the uneasiest of public speakers.
#1. Make sure the microphone is pointing towards your mouth the entire time.
- Think of it like a flashlight, you will hear sound wherever you point the light. If it isn’t pointed at your mouth then no one can hear you 🙂
#2. Do you know if you like to hold a microphone or prefer using a mic stand?
- Take 2 mins to practice speaking into a paper towel roll (holding the mic) or a floor lamp (mic stand) if you don’t have one to get a better feel for it.
#3. Don’t look at the floor, look up as much as you can. 90% of people like to use prepared notes, but keeping your head up will ensure you are projecting your sound outward as much as possible and will keep eye contact between you and the guests.
#4. Try to limit how much you walk around. Some movement is fine and can actually help, but often times a lot of movement can distract you from maintaining a steady focus on the microphone and make it hard for people to engage with.
#5. Go with the flow. Remember, you are in a room full of people that are having a great time and want you listen to you!