By a wide margin, sound is the most underappreciated and misunderstood aspect of communication. Hearing is one of our strongest senses, and has a much stronger impact than sight. People can tolerate a poor quality video, but they cannot tolerate poor audio.
Good audio creates a strong connection with your audience. They’re there to listen to your expertise. To do that, they need to be able to listen at all.
Low quality audio is either too soft or too harsh. Too soft audio causes the audience to become bored or confused. You do not want someone unmuting themselves every couple of minutes to ask, “Sorry, what was that?” because they couldn’t hear you properly.
On the other hand, too harsh audio is a dealbreaker – you may have audience members simply drop off the meeting. Very loud and unmelodic sound, background noise, audio disturbances and spikes, and sudden jarring noises are extremely uncomfortable for an audience, especially if they use headphones. You need to avoid these issues at all costs. It doesn’t matter how good your session is if it sounds like it’s being delivered in the middle of moving traffic.
Improve the quality of sound in virtual training
If you’re looking to understand and improve the quality of your audio, remember that laptops were never intended to be media devices. Their speakers and mics both are rudimentary and average. If you use a laptop, your audio quality will generally be too poor for a training session and you definitely need an upgrade.
If you use your phone, you can still get away with it for a while. Phones are built for voice calls. However, don’t be satisfied with your phone. It’s still only average.
If you want to improve your virtual training sessions, the first investment you should make is purchasing a mic for yourself. Microphones now come in all shapes, sizes, quality and price brackets, and they are miles better than your laptop or phone microphones.
We encourage you to put in due diligence into research and make an informed purchase decision, because there are many bad mics out there as well. However, if you aren’t sure how to research, we have our own list of recommendations over on our Dextr.io website: https://dextr.io/equipment/
We’ve personally tested and approved every product we recommend on our equipment page. But if you have your own, we’d be happy to hear from you. Reach out to us with questions and recommendations at firstname.lastname@example.org.