04 Microphones and Music
Microphones aren't used with smaller groups (around 30 participants).
When microphones are used with larger groups, here are some things to keep in mind:
Lapel mikes are available, but you should let Sheila know if you want them because HR doesn't always have them there. For handheld mikes, you can only use one, so you will need to hand it off to each other throughout the presentation (and hand it to any participants who are sharing).
***IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE MICROPHONE AWARE!
You need to hand the microphone to every participant who shares, so that everyone can hear what they say. You'll need to have at least one of the facilitators available to walk around the room and hand the mike around (HR also helps with this).
It's also important for you to speak strongly and clearly into the microphone - hold the microphone up to your mouth. When participants can't hear a speaker or have to strain to hear, they tend to become disengaged.
If you want music, you have a couple of options:
(1) If you only want to play music at the beginning during breakfast (to set a relaxed mood), you can give a CD to Stacy to play through the room's sound system.
(2) If you want to play music at different points during the workshop, you'll need to bring your own sound system, like an ipod and speakers.