Microphones are a great tool when it comes to speaking in front of a large audience. I keep wondering how so many speakers can spend so much time in front of their microphones and keep using incorrectly.

1. Speak into the microphone.

2. Hold the microphone in front of you mouth. (Not on your stomach or by your Side.)

3. If you can turn the base down and the treble up a little. You may sound funny but you’ll be understandable.

4. No mumbling.

5. Remember when the microphone is on!

If your presentation depends on a laser pointer or a remote control for your slides, then go buy one. They cost less than a $100 for a really nice one. It looks a lot better to be prepared than asking the venue if they have an extra unit lying around. Having two is better than none. Backups are good right?