With the return to offices and the spread of variants, we at Spoken with Authority expect that there will be greater demand for hybrid meetings and events. For in-person participants, that means continuing to give presentations and speak while wearing a mask.
In this panel discussion, five Spoken with Authority experts provide advice on how to prepare for presentations and speak while wearing a mask.
Bjørn Stillion Southard:
“You have to get warmed up. The state of play is different with a mask on because you have to project more. Consider doing some tongue twisters or singing along to music.”
Jean Costanza Miller:
“The mask can cause a garbled, muffled sound. As you are increasing volume, you also have to over-articulate a little bit and take care to stay hydrated.”
“We are all wearing our masks for long periods, but we aren’t speaking the entire time. When we start speaking for longer periods, you build up a lot of moisture inside the mask. Consider wearing a surgical-style mask with a cloth mask over it so you don’t get self conscious about the mask getting or looking wet.”
“In terms of speaking to a large audience, consider having a portion pre-recorded and embedded into the presentation. Save live talk for Q&A and directing activities.”
“Practice your presentation wearing a mask so you can get used to speaking loudly, getting the microphone positioned correctly, walking on stage, advancing slides, and glancing at your notes while you have a bulky item on your face.”
What strategies make it easier for you to speak while wearing a mask? Please share your ideas below. We read every comment and appreciate your suggestions.
If you are unsure of how to plan a successful hybrid event that is inclusive of both the in-person and virtual attendees, review our Hybrid Meeting and Event Checklist.
This panel discussion video is also available here on YouTube.