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Public Speaking Course: 

You Must Have a Good Sound System

If  the people in the audience can't hear you and have to strain to figure out what you are saying or have difficulty understanding you, they will just tune you out completely. Preparation is a very important part of what you will learn in your public speaking course, so when you are going to be speaking somewhere you need to try to have a good sound system so you will be heard while your audience is laughing. Stand-up comics need good sound too, but they are a little different because they tell a joke, then people laugh (they hope). They tell another joke, then people laugh. A good professional public speaker will keep going right along through the laughter making points, showing product features, telling stories, and dropping one-liners and must be heard well the entire time.

A funny speech must have a better sound system than a serious speech would. During a serious talk, words can be missed and the main message can still be very clear. In humor it doesn't work that way. If key words are missed during a joke or story, it will ruin the effect of the punch line. No one will laugh and you will look like a pathetic presenter.

As a professional public speaker the need for a good sound check is just one more reason to be in the room early. You need to check the microphone to make sure it works. You need to check to see how far your mouth should be from the microphone. You need to know how loudly you should talk, so your not screaming at your audience but that you can still be heard.

A tip from my public speaking course is that during your sound check keep the audio level very loud. People will absorb the sound once they get into the room.

Make sure the sound system is carrying to every area of the room. If someone is speaking before you, try to go to the back of the room to see how he or she is coming across. If you have someone at the presentation with you, have them signal from the back of the room if changes are needed in the public address system after you have started. Controlling the environment is an essential function you will gain from a public speaking course.

If the amplifier controls aren't handy after you have started, you can adjust the sound by changing the distance between your mouth and the microphone and/or increasing or decreasing the loudness of your voice. Try not to use the latter method too often so you don't strain your vocal mechanism.

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