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Feeeeeeeeeedback!!!!

By: Gloria Kermeen | Jun 14, 2019

My husband and I played in rock & roll bands when we were younger, and we learned then the nightmare of feedback, that awful screeching sound resulting from soundwave interference between a microphone and a speaker. But, all those years of experience in nightclubs did not prepare me for the nightmare I would deal with at our conference - in a breakout room that I was monitoring. Except, I was outside. Smoking. Yes, I’m a former smoker.

In my defense, I had checked all my breakouts, before I went outside for some “fresh air.”  All my presenters had everything they needed. Computers were attached to projectors and working nicely. Microphones were checked and working nicely. The host in each room was comfortable with every detail. But, halfway through the breakout, all hell broke out.

I was outside, people. OUT. SIDE. And the sound that came from the belly of that hotel nearly deafened me. I have never heard anything so loud, and piercing, and painful, and frightening. And I was outside! I cannot imagine what our attendees experienced. I cannot believe they didn’t lose their hearing. I cannot believe no lawsuits were filed.

Worst smoke break. Ever.

 

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Gloria Kermeen
Meetings Manager at National Association of Charitable Gift Planners

 
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