We have a lot of microphones on the stage, but they all have specific purposes. Some are set up for singing, some for talking, and some for instruments. We created a document that will let you know which microphone you should be using, depending on what you are doing up on the stage.
Here are some tips and suggestions to keep in mind when preparing for your upcoming event or performance. Let's all work together in support of our church and our Lord to bring the best possible service to our congregation.
How to Use the microphones *You Don't need to press any buttons (the microphones are on and muted/unmuted by the booth) * Please don't tap the microphone heads * Don't start talking or singing into the microphone until you get to your position. Some people will grab a microphone from the holder and start talking into it immediately while walking to center stage. We keep the mics muted when they are in the holder, so it takes the person in the booth a few seconds to see which mic you are holding. You can always look at the AV booth before you start using the microphone also. Most times if the AV tech sees a person holding a microphone look at them they will give them the thumb's up signal. * Don't say "Is This On?". Remember, we are live streaming many services and everybody watching the live stream, or watching the replay on youtube will hear you say that as well. * Hold the microphone properly. Click HERE for instructions on how to hold a microphone
Avoid Last Minute Requests (PLEEEEAAASSSEEEE !!!!!) Try to get your requests and files to the A/V team at least two days before you need them (by sending to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org). Although we understand that last minute changes occur, too often people bring us their files and requests literally 10 minutes before service and that creates quite a hectic situation for us. Please keep in mind that we need to focus on the needs of the stage and when we have to sidetrack what we are doing in order to upload/download files or prepare music, it distracts us from focusing on the stage. Most people are asked to perform or speak at least a week in advance - and we are also asking for as much notice as possible so we can prepare what is needed ahead of time. You should be contacting us at least a few days before your scheduled performance to ensure we know what is needed to support you. We have made it easy to reach out to us via email, website, or phone. Let's work together with our planning so we have an error-free service.
Bringing in a Power Point or Keynote presentation? If you are planning on providing your own Microsoft power point or a Keynote presentation for us to display, please note that the screen sizes for the front and back projects are different dimensions than a normal computer screen, so your presentation might look different. You should follow these guidelines to ensure your presentation is easy to view by the congregation.
1. Change your page setup. Usually the default page setup for the power point screen show is on-screen 4:3. You should change the page setup for your presentation so that it is on-screen 16:9. This will match the projector screen and give you more space to use on your slides. This can usually be set from within the File/Page Properties area, but may be different depending on your version of power point or keynote
2. Use fonts that are easy to read. Arial works well. Keep in mind that people will have to read your text from as far as 75-100 feet away.
3. Use colors wisely. Dark backgrounds with white text works best. Other colors can be used if you ensure there is a good contrast between the foreground font color and the background image/color.
4. A Picture is worth a thousand words. Use pictures to enhance your message. Keep in mind items 2 & 3 above. You should be able to find some free background images at christianppt.com