It was one of the ‘best events’we attended where the best speakers were selected to offer their views on the book that was being released. Unfortunately the venue was neither conducive to the luminaries seated on the stage nor to the audience, more so to the latter who had to literally ‘stage a walk out’ not able to bear the jarring noise which overpowered their verbal communication skills. Sadly the M.C. and the first few speakers who chose to address from the mike in front of the podium were not aware of the echo emanating from the uncooperative instrument!
When I joined my husband who had chosen to leave the ‘auditorium’ when he found the reverberating noise unbearable, I noticed one of the speakers walking to the front of the stage and addressing the audience using a hand mike. Oh, what a relief it had been to my auditory senses I thought and appreciated the wisdom of the distinguished speaker who seemed to have realized his foremost responsibility was to the audience gathered for the event they eagerly looked forward to. The two other speakers, both former CECs too followed suit and every word they uttered was clearly audible and enjoyable leaving a great deal for food for thought.
I only hope speakers in future observe the body language of the audience to realize their responsibility is primarily to the distinguished gathering and not to revel in listening to their own voice!
n.meera raghavendra rao