Speech Tip: How To Hold a Microphone
It is a simple thing, isn’t it? Hold the microphone near your mouth and talk? Well, it is something like that, but there is a way of doing it more effectively.
We have all stood in front of the mirror with a hair brush and did the rock star pose. No? Not you? I have. I also did more than a few Pete Townshend windmills while rocking a tennis racket (I’m actually learning now with a real guitar). However, I held the brush wrong.
Here are a few things you can do.
- Hold the mic at 45°.
- Hold it firmly, yet relaxed. That is, your fingers grip it all around but you aren’t tense.
- When you turn, turn the mic with you. Your mic follows your mouth. Your other arm is free to gesticulate as wildly as you like.
- If you need to switch hands, grab the mic with the other hand, as opposed to moving the mic to the second hand.
- Keep the head of the mic 2-5 fingers from your lips. If it is any closer, you’ll sound like a heavy breather. Any farther, and the mic won’t pick up your voice well.
- Overall, relax. While you can imagine the mic is attached to your lips by an invisible line, you want to avoid appearing robotic.
Oh, and Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey? If you are old enough to remember this one, here’s a taste of “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Break out the brush and tennis racket.
I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again, no no
Now, rock on, my friends, and let the world hear you.