- Lose the name tag: Photographers join us in asking you to take off that plastic name badge before you get on stage. Not only is it unnecessary--it can't be read from where you're standing, and you're going to be introduced--it adds a white, glaring square to your image and detracts from any video or still photos that capture the event.
- Replace dangling earrings: Any earrings that have the potential to dangle, swing or make noise -- and be captured by the microphone -- should be replaced with something quieter.
- Avoid bracelets and rings: Especially if you plan to gesture for emphasis, bracelets can make noise and rings on your gesturing hand can distract the audience. (I recall a speaker who pounded the lectern for emphasis, setting off a jangling set of bangle bracelets each time--beautifully amplified by the mic.)
- Get your hairstyle off your shoulders: If your hair is shoulder-length or longer and you're wearing a lavalier microphone on your lapel, the sound of hair brushing over the mic will interfere with what your audience is hearing. Use a mic attached to the lectern, or pull your hair back to avoid contact with the mic.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Speakers tend to focus on what to add to their presentations, be it more words, a choice of outfit or special visuals. But a quick scan of your person and your surroundings can help you strategically remove stumbling blocks before you speak--and before they trip you up. Here are four I focus on: