If you ask how to improve a presentation, the first suggestion you’d likely receive is “add a graphic or an effect.” As presentation software has improved over the years, the focus on visual elements has eclipsed audio. We’ve been so distracted by cool transition effects that we’ve forgotten to make sure everyone can hear.
O.C. Sound is the pro audio company started by Bob Johns and myself in 2000. Over the past few years we have found the need for some form of wireless transmitter/receiver system for a remote speaker system. These are either outdoor events that required a second set of speakers a couple of hundred feet away from the mains or in a hotel conference hall that would have been involved extensive cabling through congested areas.
Last week I attended the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam. Ive been attending the ISE Show for several years; however this year proved to be the show for Europe. The show boasted a 34,870 record attendance and was busy throughout all three days.
Guided tours are an important method of communication. Whether it is a tour of a museum, factory, campus, or an outside tour of an historical site, zoo, or outdoor experience; giving the background and story is an important skill for anyone wishing to deliver the best tour possible.
Last Wednesday I went to what is called “Enrichment Night” at Entrada, a club I belong to. As the presentation began, the wireless microphone that was used to project the presenter’s voice stopped working. The presenter continued without the microphone. A few minutes later, a new working microphone appeared. The presenter not wanting to be bothered with the wireless microphone asked the participants if they could hear her okay. Obviously, the answer was “yes”. She continued the hour long presentation.
There’s a lot of talk about how to improve grades in the classroom. And with so much pressure on the budget, there’s a great concern that our students might not get the complete education they deserve. I came across a study that was presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Orlando, FL on December 9, 1995. The full text of study can be found at SOUNDFIELD FM AMPLIFICATION: FLORIDA’S IMPROVING CLASSROOM ACOUSTICS PROJECT. The study is credited to Gail Gegg Rosenberg, M.S.,CCC-A, School Board of Sarasota County, Sarasota, FL and Patricia Blake-Rahter, M.S.,CCC-A, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. It’s part of the famous MARRS study web site.