If you've rented a label microphone or a headset microphone for an upcoming presentation, you'll notice that it comes with a small transmitter pack that you mount to your belt. Generally, there will be a small wire that runs between the microphone and the belt pack, which you can tuck beneath your clothing so that it doesn't bother you when you're on the stage. Using a microphone belt pack isn't difficult, but you'll want to give it some thought so that you're comfortable with its usage. A representative of your local audio/video rental service will show you exactly how to use it, but here are some tips that you can also employ.
Adjust It Before Mounting It
Don't make the mistake of mounting the belt pack to your belt when you test out the microphone before the event. It's difficult to make subtle adjustments to this device when it's on your belt, so it's always better to hold the pack in your hand when you're testing everything. Make any necessary adjustments to get the volume to the desired level and then place the pack on your belt. This way, you won't have to embarrassingly fumble with the belt pack while people are watching you.
Be Cognizant Of Its Position
Many people mount the belt pack to the back of their belt, but you don't necessarily need to put it in this location. Where you mount it depends on a number of factors. For example, if you'll be sitting on a chair on stage, you might not want it at the small of your back, as it could dig in when you lean back. In this scenario, having the belt pack over one of your hips could be preferable. If you envision having to make volume adjustments — perhaps so that people can hear you if they're applauding loudly at some point — having it over your hip makes the pack more accessible, too.
Don't Fiddle With It
If you're going to mount the belt pack on the side or even the front of your belt, you need to remember not to fiddle with it. When you're speaking publicly and feel a little nervous, it can be tempting to fiddle with anything within reach, and the belt pack can present something enticing, given its buttons and switches. The last thing that you want is to absentmindedly lower the volume or even turn the microphone off because you aren't aware of what your hand is doing. If you have a habit of fiddling in this manner, placing the belt pack behind you is the best choice.
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