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Tips for speakers and delegates :

What speakers and delegates can and should do to help interpreters interpret them optimally:

  • Switch microphone on by pressing button and ensure the light is on before speaking

  • Speak into the microphone. Do not tap or touch microphone

  • Speak at a reasonable pace

  • Speaking is better than reading

  • If a prepared text is to be read, provide an advance copy to interpreters

  • Refer to paragraph numbers, not pages in official United Nations documents

  • Give the paragraph references before quotations, not after.

  • When speaking keep earphone far from the microphone to avoid screeching feedback

  • Keep mobile phones in “off”, “silent” or “vibrate” mode.