Using a Microphone Properly – Etiquette for Beginners to Follow

During an event, there’s going to be someone you won’t be able to hear well. So if you want to prepare for the time you’re required to hold a mic and be sure everyone will hear you well, this article will give you some tips on how to operate a microphone properly.

Using a Microphone
Using a Microphone

Etiquette to Follow

  1. Go to the event early so you can test it. If you go to an event early, you’ll be able to test the microphone and make adjustments accordingly. When you check the microphone, you should never touch, tap, or blow on it. You might have seen someone doing it either in real life or movies. Doing any of those to the mic is one of the worst actions you could perform to a mic since doing so would damage it. You should instead speak into the mic, and you’ll quickly see if the mic works using a few words. Never use the usual “one two three, testing” or “is this working?”, instead, say “good morning, hello.” Ascertain what kind of mic you are handling. Depending on this, there are a few nuances to know about.
  2. Keep the mic right in front and just below your mouth one or two inches away. You can practice doing this at your home. Use a pen and hold it an inch or two away from your mouth. Practice keeping the pen in front of your mouth for a while as you try saying things out loud. You should check whether the mic receives noise from the side or the top. If the mic receives from the top, keep the top directed towards your mouth. If the mic receives from the side, keep the mic directly at the front of your lips.
  3. If the mic is on a stand, turn your body to face towards it. When you’re using a microphone that is mounted on stands, to keep the quality and volume the best it can be, you should keep your body facing towards the mic. So if you take a step in any direction, you have to keep your face and body turned towards the mic, while keeping your mouth one inch away from the microphone. If the mic is on a stand on a table, then you have to make sure the mic is one inch and facing you when you turn your head.
  4. Know that using a lapel microphone that is wireless isn’t easy. These lapel microphones may seem incredible as they let the one using it to walk around freely without worrying about holding anything, but they have pros and cons. The best thing about this type of mic is that you’ll have free hands. The worst thing about it is that it’s sensitive to getting moved and will not follow your voice. So unless you adapt your volume when you turn your head, the quality and the volume of the sound will fall.
  5. When you hold a microphone in your hand, do not point it downwards. When you let a microphone hang and face downwards, you’ll cause deafening feedback and irritating sounds. So make sure to keep the mic upright and close to you, which makes it easy to move the mic up toward your voice.