I rarely run across anyone who likes to use a microphone. When they’re handed one, people say, “Oh, I don’t need that, they can hear me, I’ll talk louder.” But increasinglythey – the audience – can’t. And when people can’t hear you or have to strain to do so, it quickly becomes frustrating for them, and frustrated people who might already be agitated by your issue aren’t going to respond well to your message. You’re facing a combination of an aging, hearing-challenged population, typical lousy room acoustics, and frequently soft spoken experts. Learn to use and embrace mikes; make sure you’re heard. This microphone aversion seems to be a real and troubling affliction. Maybe we could start a GoFundMe page. Read More