One of the most essential tools an MC can have with them in their work bag is a good quality Voice Recorder. Sure, you can use a smart phone for some of the functions, but I bet once you start using a dedicated recorder you will love it.
Here are just some of the things you can do ….
- Record your own actual performances to listen back and learn.
- Record briefing sessions with clients. This is great. Ask “do you mind if I record this?” and watch their eyes light up. Your level of professionalism has just shot up in their eyes.
- Grab speakers correct pronunciation of names.
- Make on the spot To Do lists.
- Capture Brilliant Ideas on your morning walk.
- Dictate letters, book chapters & blog posts : )
There are many more ways to use them and if you have a clever idea or recommendation of a specific unit you use, please leave a comment below.
Pricing starts from well under $100 and shoots up from there. I had a play with the Phillips machine pictured here, it syncs with Dragon Voice recognition software and looked awesome, but is fairly pricey. I suggest buying a cheap one, see if it works for you and then as always buy the best you can afford.