When I first started training online, a few years ago, I bought an average-priced headset. I paid very little attention to the sophisticated range of features available, opting for something lightweight, easy to use and value for money. I wasn’t convinced at this point that I would enjoy training online, so I didn’t feel like making a major investment in a good quality headset.
It was only once I started working with clients from a technology company on a regular basis that I realised my mistake. They all had wireless headsets with high quality microphones and speakers and often complained of noise distortion on my side. Apart from that, I just didn’t look the part – no right-minded professional trainer would dream of attempting to give online training on business communication with such a second-rate piece of equipment! Luckily I then met Julie Watling, owner of Communications Solutions UK, who recommended that I invest in a Jabra wireless headset which was pretty expensive in comparison to what I already had, but the difference was amazing. Not only did I look and feel more professional, the wireless function allowed me greater freedom of movement and, of course the sound quality was far superior.
I now regularly get asked to run webinars for international audiences as well as one-to-one communication training so I am very glad I have a headset which I can rely on to provide clear, crisp sound but which also lets me present from a standing or seated position. I have no trouble hearing what people are saying because the background noise is almost completely blocked out and I feel confident that I am delivering a professional service.
If you are just starting out as an online trainer, I would strongly advise you to buy the best quality headset you can afford. It really is worth it!
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