PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

Whether it’s delivering a short, impromptu talk from the front of the room or participating as an audience member, many people refuse to use the proffered microphone.

Oh, no, no, no …. I don’t need that.  I’m fine.

It doesn’t matter if it’s obviously needed, they hold up their hands as if to fend off a dangerous weapon.

I’ve never quite understood.  Maybe a microphone makes them feel too high-profile or too obligated to deliver a well-articulated message.

Whatever the reason, they are putting their own concerns above the need others have to hear.

When you volunteer to speak and someone offers you the microphone, go ahead and use it.  Making it easy for others to hear you is a simple courtesy that should take priority over a bit of discomfort on your part.

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