by Fred Miller
Recently, you have probably attended more virtual video meetings than you ever imagined. The quality and value of those meetings likely ranged from Fabulous to Forget-About-It!
One of the biggest factors for successful, virtual video meetings is SOUND!
SOUND, as it pertains to these events, means:
- You can easily hear and understand what each person is saying.
- Other participants can easily hear and comprehend your contributions.
The most well-planned events with potentially superb value can quickly become worthless if sound quality is lacking.
I have attended events where I have strained to understand what people were saying.
“People will watch bad video, but they won’t listen to poor audio.”
Quality sound begins with a good microphone. In many cases, the built-in mic on a computer delivers poor sound quality. Voices sound tinny—like the speakers are trapped in a tunnel. The room used for the meeting was probably not designed as a sound studio, lessening the quality of sound as the speaker moves farther from the mic. (However, sitting too close to the computer offers an unflattering view of the speaker.)
A good microphone is an excellent investment if you will be attending many virtual events.
Lavaliere mics - often used by broadcasters; can be attached to a lapel or collar.
- USB mics - can sit on a desk or be attached to a computer.
- Note: Some webcams have built-in mics that work well.
Additional Notes for Optimizing Sound Quality
- Sit closer to the microphone when you are speaking.
- Use a headset to lessen feedback and echo effects. (Some headsets include an attached mic.)
- Turn off your VPN if you have one.
- Maximize internet speed, which is necessary for effective audio and video.
- Turn off phones, iPads, computers, and other devices that use the same Wifi in order to optimize speed and minimize interruptions.
- Mute your audio when not speaking.
- Turn off loud fans and HVAC systems.
Fred Miller (fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com) is a Speaker, International Coach and Author. Businesses and individuals hire him to improve their public speaking and presentaiton skills.