This is the fifth of an intermittent series of 15 tips for successfully moderating a panel discussion.
Keep the microphone in front of your mouth when speaking — including while swiveling your head to make eye contact with audience members.
This is especially important to remember when using a hand-held microphone. It is common for those using hand-held microphones to hold them in a stationary position while their mouth moves side to side while viewing the full span of their audience. Obviously, this causes the volume to drop and rise and drop and rise precipitously, making it difficult for audience members to track your statements. It’s also just plain annoying.
This can also be a problem to a lesser extent when using a lavaliere (or lapel) mic. Clip the lavaliere to the tie or center of your shirt or blouse if possible, rather than to the side of the lapel, shirt or blouse. This keeps the volume more consistent while giving you the freedom to make eye contact with all audience members, without causing your narrative to rise and fall.
Remember, it is details like these that make a significant difference in one’s performance.
Previously published tips for successfully moderating panel discussions:
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