"How do you wean yourself from the lectern?" 4 ways

The Eloquent Woman

"How do you wean yourself from the lectern?" Leaving the lectern and making a closer connection with the audience was among my recommendations. It''s far easier to sense audience reactions, make eye contact and engage the audience if you''re liberated from behind the bench, so to speak.

The need for connection & engagement in education

Presentation Zen

As scientists and other specialists learn more about how our brains work, for example, many of the traditional instructional methods used for the past 100 years (or more) seem to be out of kilter with how human beings really pay attention, engage, and actually learn something.

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testing the kindle on the lectern

The Eloquent Woman

I took the Amazon Kindle out for a test-drive in a real speaking engagement last month, when I moderated the annual media roundtable--a panel of three reporters--for Washington Women in Public Relations.

Toss the Script ~ The Key to Engaged Public Speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

Our head down, buried in our notes using a monotone reading voice…clutching to the lectern. But deep in our heart of heart’s we know that our audience is not engaged – they are disconnected from our words. Have you suffered through an executive presentation read from a script? What was your reaction? Talked to your neighbour. Played with your iPhone or Blackberry. Took a bathroom break. Or are you a perpetrator? Why as presenters do we read our script word for word?

Lecture vs. presentation

Speak Schmeak

A lecture and a lectern are just made for each other, by the way.) Do you think of humor, good visuals, demonstrations, props, activities, dialogue and engagement? Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Word Nerds

2011 206

8 scary ways to be a better speaker

The Eloquent Woman

I can tell, because I see speakers scared into the safe mode of speaking all the time , staying behind the lectern, using slides to advance their content, and limiting time for questions. Yes, get out from behind that lectern, even if you stand to one side of it and rest an arm on it.

2010 65

Lecture vs. presentation

Speak Schmeak

A lecture and a lectern are just made for each other, by the way.) Do you think of humor, good visuals, demonstrations, props, activities, dialogue and engagement? Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Word Nerds

2011 163

Make me care: TEDxSB Part 3

Speak Schmeak

Just a guy standing at a lectern, reading some poetry. He was funny and thoughtful, expressive, eloquent and engaging. And last on my list of inspiring and engaging TEDxSB speakers, but definitely not least, there was Alec Loorz. Now for the fun stuff!

2010 151

Make me care: TEDxSB Part 3

Speak Schmeak

Just a guy standing at a lectern, reading some poetry. He was funny and thoughtful, expressive, eloquent and engaging. And last on my list of inspiring and engaging TEDxSB speakers, but definitely not least, there was Alec Loorz. Now for the fun stuff!

2010 130

Do it with the lights on

Speak Schmeak

Still, I was hoping for engaging, passionate speakers who were able to convey their ideas clearly, and only a couple delivered. Stage There was a large screen in the middle of the stage, and the speaker was off to the side in a small spotlit area next to (or behind) the lectern.

2010 141

Do it with the lights on: TEDxSB Part 1

Speak Schmeak

Still, I was hoping for engaging, passionate speakers who were able to convey their ideas clearly, and only a couple delivered. Stage There was a large screen in the middle of the stage, and the speaker was off to the side in a small spotlit area next to (or behind) the lectern.

2010 130

Four lessons for speakers -- from Broadway

Speak Schmeak

As long as the notes aren't crippling the flow of your presentation or creating a distraction for you, who cares if they're sitting on the lectern off to the side? Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun Stuff Taking Risks Entertainers

2010 130

A remote control can set your presentations free!

Presentation Zen

Today we still see too many business people, academics, and students, stuck behind lecterns with their eyes fixed on their laptops as they try to make their case, report their findings, or pitch their ideas. A good remote allows you to get away from the lectern and your laptop.

2013 108

The 5-step cure for boring body language

Speaking about Presenting

Holding your hands together, putting them in your pockets, or hanging onto the lectern will stop you gesturing. Follow these five steps and you’ll develop natural body language that will add energy, engagement and persuasive power to your presentations.

Four Tips to Crush Your Fear of Public Speaking

Succeed Speaking

You’re standing on a podium behind a lectern giving a speech to a packed house and you’re hands start shaking ever so slightly. I can definitely keep people engaged with what I have to say. A Guest Post from Catherine Joyner.

2013 204

50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will arrive early for my speaking engagements. I will speak without using a lectern. Some ideas to help you take your public speaking to the next level in 2012. In no particular order: 1. I will prepare. I will practice. I will have a clear message. I will be able to distill every speech and every presentation into a single sentence. I will always ask myself: “Why should the audience care about my message?” ” 6.

2011 219

ON CONQUERING YOUR FEAR

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

What if I fail at the lectern?” The Coach sez.slay the enemy of fear by BREATHING deeply and engage in regular physical exercise. (C) Do you ever think things like. What if I forget my speech?” What if I lose my good health?’ Don’t you want to just strangle the “what ifs?’ My clients, who fear public speaking, learn to accept this fear and then work at conquering it, make fear their friend by facing it, and give themselves permission to make mistakes. So they feel their fear.

2009 100

50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will arrive early for my speaking engagements. I will speak without using a lectern. Some ideas to help you take your public speaking to the next level in 2012. In no particular order: 1. I will prepare. I will practice. I will have a clear message. I will be able to distill every speech and every presentation into a single sentence. I will always ask myself: “Why should the audience care about my message?” ” 6.

2011 217

Reading a Speech

Manner of Speaking

If you can learn your material well enough to be able to speak without notes, it is the best scenario for several reasons: You will not be stuck behind a lectern. You will be able to move about freely and engage the audience more. If you have to read your speech and there is no lectern, you will have to hold your notes.

2012 197

How to keep to time during your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Have a small, but easily readable, travel clock that you can put on the lectern or even in front of you on the stage. Instead open with a relevant and engaging story which leads into your first main point. Photo credit: zoutedrop.

2010 278

when the speech hands you lemons.

The Eloquent Woman

Unlike the original space, this room also lacked a lectern, microphone, or projection. The message meant I wasn’t using a script, so who needed a lectern, anyway? Tags: speaker training audience issues speech preparation Graveline speaking engagements

The First Seven Seconds

Manner of Speaking

Move the lectern to one side if you do not need to use it. If you need to use notes, place t hem o n the lectern beforehand. When you smile at your audience, you let the people know that you are happy to be there and fully engaged. Roger Ailes is the President of Fox News, a former media consultant for three American Presidents and author of the best-selling You Are the Message.

2010 214

Lawrence Lessig on remix (redux)

Presentation Zen

Yet, he is engaging and for the most part he is able to make his case in a logical fashion and make a connection with the audience even though he does not move from behind his lectern. Also, he is engaged with the audience.

2010 80

Holiday gift list for speakers!

Speak Schmeak

I keep my notes to the side of the stage, on a table or lectern, and in order to see them clearly (I also use a big font!), To keep your audience engaged and stimulated, bring toys , toys , toys , and more toys.

50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will arrive early for my speaking engagements. I will speak without using a lectern. Some ideas to help you take your public speaking to the next level in 2012. In no particular order: 1. I will prepare. I will practice. I will have a clear message. I will be able to distill every speech and every presentation into a single sentence. I will always ask myself: “Why should the audience care about my message?” ” 6.

2011 157

Presentation Barriers: Physical

Professionally Speaking...

We have enough challenges in engaging an audience without imposing a physical element that our message needs to travel through. Using a podium or lectern cuts off 50 plus per cent of most people's bodies.

2010 152

women execs share speaker secrets, woes

The Eloquent Woman

It's that "face the music" moment where your anxiety takes over your throat, gaze or ability to stop gripping the lectern like a liferaft. Tags: women and public speaking speaker training public speaking tips Graveline speaking engagements

2008 52

Using notes pages in PowerPoint

Speak Schmeak

Standing at the computer pushing buttons and reading from the monitor is not much more engaging than standing behind a lectern or, in fact, reading from the projected slides. In fact, the lectern is a great place to keep your notes, as long as you're not behind it.

2008 130

Making the audience your orchestra

The Eloquent Woman

I'm always urging my trainees to leave the lectern behind, use their bodies as a prop, move around to hold the audience's attention visually and most of all, to involve and engage the audience. How can you use this to inspire a similar engagement with your next audience?

1 question for the speaker coach: "Effective hand motions and hands at rest?"

The Eloquent Woman

If your talk is being recorded on video or you''re in a television interview, remember that we won''t see your gestures if they are behind the lectern or, on camera, below the level of your head and neck.

2013 92

My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

I keep my notes to the side of the stage, on a table or lectern, and in order to see them clearly (I also use a big font!), To keep your audience engaged and stimulated, bring toys , toys , toys , and more toys. It''s the most wonderful time of the year!

2015 259

The passionate scientist: Doing Q&A like Neil deGrasse Tyson

Presentation Zen

Richard Feynman, for example, was a brilliant Nobel Prize winning scientist who was a passionate teacher and communicator, able to engage students and general audiences with great enthusiasm and clarity.

Q&A 84

Making presentations in the TED style

Presentation Zen

Seth is out front totally engaged. Al Gore became an engaging presenter with the aid of simple, high-impact visuals that helped him tell the story and give evidence supporting his content. Using a prepared script from the lectern (no slides) Isabel Allende: Tales of passion.

2009 114

Three levels of presentation openings - which should you use? : Speaking about Presenting

Speaking about Presenting

Thinking causes engagement with your topic–exactly what you and the audience are hoping for. I walk out on stage with what looks like a written text, plop it on the lectern, grab on to the sides, look down and begin reading in a monotone. For only about 30 seconds though, as the energy plummets so quickly I then raise my voice, step out behind the lectern, look at people with good eye contact and rip up the speech.

2009 164

Inspiring, contagious presentation: Kiran Bir Sethi teaches kids to take charge

Presentation Zen

In my search for presentations with a strong message and delivered in the naked style (honest, transparent, engaging, inspiring, simple visuals and approach, etc.), Note that she didn't stand behind a lectern, turn around or fumble around with the technology.

2010 99

Shai Agassi: The most important talk at TED 09

Presentation Zen

Shai's delivery was not slick or polished, nor were his visuals, but he was himself, relaxed, and totally engaging. Shai spent most of the time in front or to the side of the lectern.

Analysis of a Speech by Phil Davison

Manner of Speaking

2: If you must refer to extensive notes, you are probably better off staying behind th e lectern. 2:35 – 3:00 He tried to engage the audience by asking what drastic time s require, and this was good. The video below has be en spreading like wildfire on the Internet. It is a short speech by Phil Davison, a Republican ca ndidate for the position of Treasurer in Stark County, Ohio. Davison’s speech, which was given to about 100 people, is, to say the least, memorable.

New! 2 workshops on creating a TED-quality talk set for January 2016

The Eloquent Woman

You'll learn how and why TED presentations engage, inspire, intrigue, surprise, and put forward "ideas worth sharing." I'm looking forward to helping two more groups of speakers figure out this engaging way of communicating ideas, and hope you can join us.

2015 114

Amazon Kindles: new lower price

The Eloquent Woman

I use the Kindle for speaking engagements where I don't want to be shuffling paper, or for times when I'm giving lots of prepared speeches, since it can store documents I send to the device. Amazon's Kindle e-book reader just lowered its price to $299.

Public Speaking - I Can't Heeeeere You!

Great Public Speaking

In the opening of the show he was supposed to engage in small talk with an audience member. If you are at a lectern, you should know how far your lips need to be from the microphone. When using a handheld or lectern microphone be very careful in pronouncing words that have the letter "p" in them. If the microphone is fixed on the lectern, you can de-emphasize the word with the "p" or turn your head slightly away from the microphone.

From the vault: A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

When you choose what to wear for a speaking engagement or presentation, what goes into your thinking? Once you get used to working your way through this checklist, you'll find yourself making smarter wardrobe choices for your speaking engagements and presentations automatically.

2012 98

The Chicken Was Better than the Speaker

Executive Speech Coach

You might think that he would have something interesting and engaging to say in his speech. Instead, he parked himself behind the lectern and dutifully read the speech that someone else wrote for him. The Speaker Read His Speech What a disappointment.

2012 60

Once More With Feeling

Pivotal Public Speaking

At the lectern the physician-scientist spoke with passion and enthusiasm, lowering his voice and then raising it, changing its pace and rhythm, using metaphors and analogies, describing vividly a particular treatment and why it should be approved. He spoke with authority, creating the kind of credibility that engages listeners’ trust.