There does not need to be any confusion about when you should use a microphone. Just remember the “Rule of 40” and you will not only be safe, but effective as well.
Whenever there are more than 40 people in a room of any size, use a microphone.
If you have an audience of less than 40, you still might want amplification if:
- Your voice projection is soft.
- The room is large and acoustically poor.
- You want to use special vocal effects such as whispers, dialects or other dramatic devices often used by performers, humorists, and singers.
- A stage presence adds to the impact of your talk.
And, if in doubt, remember: You’ll be safe and never sorry if you always use a mike.