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Public Speaking Course: 

You Must Have a Good Sound System

If the audience members are having a hard time hearing you or understanding what your saying, then they will just tune you out. Preparation for having good sound is a very important lesson from my public speaking course. When you are going to be presenting you must make sure that you have an excellent sound system so you can still be heard while your audience is laughing. Stand-up comics need good sound also, but they are a little different because they will tell a joke, then people laugh (they hope), then they tell another joke, then people laugh. A good public speaker will continue right along making points, showing product features, telling stories, and dropping one-liners and must be heard the entire time.

Also keep in mind that a funny speech must have a better sound system than a serious one. During a serious presentation, words can be missed and the main message will still be understood by the audience. When presenting funny material, it doesn't work the same way. If key words are missed in a joke or story, it will ruin the effect of the humor. No one will laugh and you will look stupid.

The need for a good sound check is another reason to be in the room early. 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 into it.

During your sound check keep the audio level very loud. The audience will absorb the sound once they get into the room.

Make sure the sound can be heard in every area of the room. If someone is giving a presentation before you, try to go to the back of the room to see how they sound. 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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