It can be tricky trying to figure out the best way to handle the audience participation portion of your event; especially in larger groups. Often times the event host is stuck awkwardly traversing the crowd in an attempt to get the mic to the right person. When 8 hands fly up at once, who do you pick first? What about all the static and background conversation that gets picked up on the microphone’s tireless trip around the room?
The cool thing about the event industry is that there are smart, tech savvy people out there who have recognized these awkward moments to be problematic and have worked to make them better.
Want a unique and out of the box approach to Q&As (no pun intended)?, try Catchbox the world’s first throw-able mic. That’s right, you can actually throw it. These brightly colored padded boxes contain wireless microphones that can be tossed from attendee to attendee. Don’t worry about picking up any extra noise when the box is inflight- it has been engineered to mute itself when in the air. Not only does this box keep your audience engaged, it can also make the whole idea of public speaking less intimidating and more carefree.
Catchbox a little too out there for you? Try Crowd Mics, an app that utilizes your smart phone to connect with the sound system to create individual wireless microphones. The attendee logs into the network created by the event host and then is able to tap their phone when they would like to chime in. A list is then compiled of those attendee’s wishing to speak in the order that they tapped in. The speaker then has the ability to activate and mute certain attendee’s microphones to enable them to be heard or not heard. The app is free for the attendee. The event host pays a fee based on how many people are in attendance; under (20) people are free. Pretty cool solution to a longtime ignored problem!