Home > Performing Your Speech > Podiums vs. Label Mics

Podiums vs. Label Mics

By: Angelique Caffrey - Updated: 1 Sep 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Lapel Mic; Podium Microphones;

Which is better? A podium microphone or a lapel mic?

This is a difficult question to answer based on the variables; however it’s something to take into consideration the next time you plan on speaking to listeners.

As you become a more proficient and confident public speaker, you’ll no doubt have the opportunity to use both podium microphones and lapel mics. Eventually, you will come to find that one simply works better for you (in most cases) depending upon your style of presenting and types of speeches you customarily give.

Though you may not always have a choice as to which you can use, it behoves you to know the basic pros and cons of each type of equipment. Consequently, our quick guide below has been developed to help you decide which option to pick for your next public speaking engagement.

Volume
Both podium microphones and lapel mics offer excellent volume if they are hooked up to dependable speakers or sound systems. That being noted, with either type of microphone, it’s ideal to test and mark your preferred volume level before your talk begins rather than risk irritating your audience members’ eardrums or forcing your listeners to read your lips.

Feedback and Noise
Podium microphones, which are stable and not attached to the body, tend to absorb less extraneous sounds than do lapel mics (with the exception of rustling papers.) For instance, if your starched collar or beaded necklace rubs against a lapel mic, it will usually pick up the “scratching” noises that a podium microphone would never capture.

Reliability
In terms of reliability, podium and lapel microphones are about neck-and-neck depending upon their ages and models. The newer (and usually pricier) the mic, the sturdier the material and the better the quality. If you’re considering becoming a professional public speaker, you might even want to invest in a model of your own.

Ease of Use
The lapel microphone, once attached, is far easier to use than a podium microphone if you’re the type of presenter who enjoys a “hands-free” experience onstage or in front of a crowd. For instance, with a lapel mic, a presenter can turn his or her head to the side, bend down, or walk into the audience without missing a beat.

However, there are those speakers who rarely wander from their posts and basically stay in the same spot the entire time they are talking. For them, a podium mic is probably a better route, especially if it is ultra-sensitive and does not need to be practically “kissed” to pick up sounds.

Share-Worthiness
It takes more time to remove a lapel mic and affix it to someone else’s collar rather than simply turning a podium mic over to the next speaker. Thus, for events involving many sequential speakers, it’s usually more feasible to work with a podium microphone.

Mistake-Proof
Unless you’re taking the podium with you, the microphone will stay on stage with or without your presence. Therefore, it won’t pick up any backstage jabbering that you engage in. The lapel mic, though, is a different story… as some public speakers have discovered too late.

Many anecdotes have been told about unsuspecting (and rather forgetful) public speakers wearing their lapel mics into the bathroom, thus most certainly giving the audience more than they bargained for!

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • Desmond Udo
    Re: Award Speeches
    I am appointed to present an award to the best I.T student of a certern company, I need an asistant
    22 January 2019
  • CARLIUX
    Re: Award Speeches
    help need a best film award presentation speech
    11 January 2019
  • Rayckan
    Re: Award Speeches
    pls ,I want you guys to help me on speech on invention of Incurable disease cure
    28 September 2018
  • rasheed
    Re: Award Speeches
    i am nominated for best employee, kindly help me to give a speech
    31 January 2018
  • sandiafu
    Re: Common Mistakes With Public Speaking
    I had given a speech yesterday. It was really not the one I desieired it to be. I could not concentrate, anxiety mounted…
    18 October 2017
  • AmyNJ
    Re: What to Do After Giving a Bad Speech
    @Shar - yes, look at Teresa May on her speech yesterday. Half her speech was read via notes and then she had issues with…
    5 October 2017
  • Shar
    Re: What to Do After Giving a Bad Speech
    I just gave a terrible speech in front of our larger team several hours ago. I realized even more how terrible it was…
    4 October 2017
  • Erics
    Re: Award Speeches
    I have been selected to make a speech for my employee at his ten years long service award. Please assist me with speech writing
    13 September 2017
  • Elle*7
    Re: What to Do After Giving a Bad Speech
    @SUZIE - don't beat yourself up about this, we all go through times when we think our speech was awful and it probably…
    26 June 2017
  • SUZIE
    Re: What to Do After Giving a Bad Speech
    Just got out of a fundraising speech and I feel horrible because I guess the speech was horrible, I feel so embarrassed…
    25 June 2017