Reviewing those use-or-lose-the-lectern lessons

The Eloquent Woman

This time last year, I was in the middle of the "Step Up Your Speaking" online coaching of Stephanie Benoit, so I thought I'd share again this post on 7 things every speaker should know about when to use--or lose--that lectern. Lecterns have disadvantages: They hide you, the speaker.

Week 7: Use-or-lose lectern lessons

The Eloquent Woman

Choosing whether you'll use or lose the lectern is a major factor in adding presence to your presentation. Lecterns have advantages: They're a natural focal point for the audience. Lecterns have disadvantages: They hide you, the speaker.

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5 tips from speakers on getting past practice to great delivery

The Eloquent Woman

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I always recommend practice, and lots of it. But for many speakers, moving from practice to a seemingly effortless delivery is the biggest leap of all. That evening, I practiced more with a few TEDMED attendee friends.

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practices for panelists: 7 paths to success

The Eloquent Woman

What's the panel setup--table with microphones or each of us taking a turn at the lectern? Instead, good panelists contribute as part of a group, responding to the other speakers and to the audience.

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.

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Toastmasters Friday: How Smooth is Your Choreography?

Speak and Deliver

The strong transitions from President to Toastmaster to Evaluator to Speaker, etc, that come from repeated practice. When transitioning from one participant to another in front of the room, work to be consistent in what you do, whether you meet people halfway or make them come to the lectern.

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Tips from my first professional Pecha Kucha

PowerPoint Tips

You can read more about the Fairfield, Iowa pecha kucha group and about the International organization here. Then, you need to practice! I probably practiced my presentation about 15 times before I felt comfortable. To get it right, you have to practice many times.

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50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will practice. I will join public speaking groups on LinkedIn. I will actively participate in discussions in those groups. 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 have a clear message. I will be able to distill every speech and every presentation into a single sentence.

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ON SPEAKING LIKE A PRO

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Visualize your success at the lectern. Then the group will not feel like strangers to you. Practice, Practice, Practice your speech beforehand. Here are some tips to reduce speech anxiety that I have gleaned from working with professional speakers over the last 24 years. When you visualize your success, you will be successful.' Arrive early and become familiar with the room in which you will give your presentation. Check the audio/visual equipment as needed.

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50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will practice. I will join public speaking groups on LinkedIn. I will actively participate in discussions in those groups. 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 have a clear message. I will be able to distill every speech and every presentation into a single sentence.

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6 great gifts to encourage your favorite speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Help your speaker practice and promote her talks with a Sony Bloggie Touch , the same ultralight camcorder I use in group training workshops for speakers. Give your speaker a practice advantage with a portable presentation lectern.

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How to manage feedback from the presentation backchannel

Speaking about Presenting

She was initially rattled by the set-up: a flat lectern, a Twitterstream displayed on the screen behind her, and bright lights blinding her. To help you work this out I’ve grouped the feedback you might receive into five categories: Delivery issues.

Go Ahead … Read Your Speech!

Successful Speeches Blog

If you format your paper correctly (using only the top quarter of the page with your speech on a lectern), your eyes will not travel far down the page. The same as anyone else would … through instruction and practice. But if you don’t fall into the groups I’ve just mentioned and still have the same circumstances … go ahead … read your speech. through instruction and practice.

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"I was the only one who really followed the TED-talk approach"

The Eloquent Woman

Some speakers or conference organizers think that a "TED-style" talk means taking the same old talk and delivering it without notes or a lectern, but there's much more to it than that. You'll learn how to plan, write, time, practice, and deliver it in a group limited to 5 people per workshop.

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Holiday gift list for speakers!

Speak Schmeak

And for notes on the go, with clients or in small group presentations around a table, try these peel-and-stick dry erase sheets that you can quickly post on the wall, write and erase, or as I''ve done, just punch holes in them and keep them in a notebook for easy access.

My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

And for notes on the go, with clients or in small group presentations around a table, try these peel-and-stick dry erase sheets that you can quickly post on the wall, write and erase, or as I''ve done, just punch holes in them and keep them in a notebook for easy access.

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Learn Public Speaking Material Easily Using Bits

Great Public Speaking

When you stand before a group and speak without using notes your credibility automatically rises. Since you won't be tied to a lectern or forced to hold notes, you can get physically closer to the audience, or actually enter the audience on occasion. It's tough to find a spare hour or day to practice a full public speaking presentation. Bits can be practiced when you have a few minutes here and there.

London notebook: Inspirations on women and speaking

The Eloquent Woman

We focused this time on giving practical tips to clients, something that would figure in the week ahead for me. Both examples are a far cry from today''s popular plexiglass lecterns, intended to disappear and take away any sense of a barrier between speaker and audience.

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Famous Speech Friday: Angela Merkel's 2009 U.S. Congress speech

The Eloquent Woman

She also builds a bit more time in between sections by stepping back just slightly from the lectern before beginning a new section. Creative Commons licensed photo by blu-news.org ) I've got two small-group workshops coming up on Creating a TED-quality talk in Washington, DC, in January.

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How to give a killer presentation: My #AF4Q session notes

The Eloquent Woman

Lose the armor: Truly killer presentations get the speaker off the platform and out from behind the lectern. Stand next to the lectern at first, or move behind and away from it. Nerves get calmer with practice, and you can start small with my 4 stepping stones to public speaking.

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"How can I take my presentation style to the next level?"

The Eloquent Woman

They take practice--something lots of managers avoid or can't seem to set aside time to do. But practice lets you try, make mistakes and correct them fast, and gives you a safer place to fail than a real-life presentation. And the more you practice, the better you'll be on your feet.

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Instead of wincing, 10 things to look for on that video of your speech

The Eloquent Woman

This is the advice I share with trainees in all my public speaking workshops when we do video practice, and it's a great tool to help you spot problems and make improvements, based on your own video.) Practice will make that more comfortable for you.

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Will public speaking boost your employability?

The Eloquent Woman

If you are just starting out, talk to university groups about how you landed your finance job. Try these 4 stepping stones to get public speaking practice with briefer opportunities that are just as visible.

Get 'Good On Your Feet' as a speaker in our March 2-3 workshop

The Eloquent Woman

How can you look confident and relaxed, instead of pinned to the lectern? It's a small-group, two-day intensive training that will show you how to get ready, relaxed and resilient in dealing with all kinds of speaker situations--while looking and feeling more prepared and confident.

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From the vault: 7 paths to success for panelists

The Eloquent Woman

What''s the panel setup--table with microphones or each of us taking a turn at the lectern? Instead, good panelists contribute as part of a group, responding to the other speakers and to the audience.

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7 times you should turn down a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

When the format's prescribed too tightly: If you prefer being able to walk around the room instead of stand behind a lectern, take questions at the top rather than the bottom of the presentation, or any other variation on the standard, be sure the organizers know that and can accommodate it.

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Michelle Obama 1, teleprompter 0

The Eloquent Woman

Would-be speakers and those who train them have two weeks of great "practice" ahead, watching the two U.S. There's a behind-the-scenes shop of speechwriters and trainers working with each person or group that steps forward to speak.

Famous Speech Friday: Debbi Fields on Building Your Small Business

The Eloquent Woman

As a result, she is in high demand as a motivational speaker for business groups and philanthropies. The idea of getting in front of a group, not as Mrs. Fields but really as Debbi, made my knees shake, and I'd get all dry-mouthed," she said.

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8 things to look for when your speech is recorded

The Eloquent Woman

This list is what I look for when coaching clients: Visual "ums:" Instead of saying "um" when you're pausing to think, you may look to one side or up or down; make a repetitive gesture over and over; or move in a pattern, if you're on your feet and away from the lectern.

double-edged swords: fashion

The Eloquent Woman

I winced through a recent presentation by a fellow female speaking coach, who addressed a small lunch group in a conference room. Standing amidst a group seated at a conference table, with your torso at eye level?

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making shifts as a speaker

The Eloquent Woman

He is ill-suited to lecterns, which often dwarf his small stature, and he tends to sound as if he is reading his lines , not speaking them. The article yields some insights from which any speaker can benefit: Practice restraint and avoid embellishment.

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What will you forget when you start speaking? Readers weigh in

The Eloquent Woman

You'll learn about breathing exercises you need to practice regularly that will provoke a "relaxation response" that will help you react by breathing, rather than losing your breath. With enough practice, you can use this method to speak without notes.

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How to Turn a Service Club Talk into a Marketing Opportunity

Executive Speech Coach

Speaking before a group about your business is definitely the least expensive and best way to market your product or service and expand your customer base. Write key points in large, bold typeface on your pad you keep on the lectern or table. I urge you not to stand behind the lectern throughout your entire talk. However, if you feel more secure standing behind the lectern, do not lean on it. Practical tips to help you deliver more effective.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

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Ultimately I run through my entire presentation a couple times the same as I’ll give it on stage, but knowing roughly how much content I’ll need before practicing is helpful. For the handful of presentations I’ve given so far at conferences and local groups, I agree on all points. I want to add that people shouldn’t give up and that practice makes perfect. It might be nice to place it on the lectern in front of you.

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The Art of Observational Humor

Humor Power

It takes some practice and some quick thinking. One of the key reasons to practice Observational Humor is to add a fresh touch to your talks. I arrived a little late this evening and noticed that we had several women in the group. At a meeting at The White House (a meeting venue in Las Vegas owned by the American Payroll Association), I noticed that the lectern was made of clear Plexiglas. You can practice it as a club or you can hone the skills by yourself.

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Make Better Presentations - The Anatomy of a Good Speech | chrisbrogan.com

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Notice also how she does this as a conversation, and yet, it’s very practiced. Shop Your Work You can practice and test and work out your presentations, you know. Move away from the lectern and into the crowd as much as possible.

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Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson

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I dont mind if you stand at a lectern to talk to me, just make it interesting. These are practical suggestions, Duncan. At a recent event, I discovered both how out-of-practice Id become and the extent to which you never forget how to ride a bicycle. If you plan on speaking in situation where you want to come off well, arrange to video tape a practice presentation. Much easier to understand than to actually do it all correctly but practice makes perfect.

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Will Obama's speech tomorrow match up to Reagan's Westminster masterpiece in 1982?

Max Atkinson

However, as I've noted elsewhere, the gadget caused her quite a few problems and resulted in her applause rate falling significantly compared with the days when she delivered speeches from sheets of paper on a lectern (for more on which, with video examples, see HERE ). Authorities from a number of developing and developed countries -- judges, philosophers, and politicians with practical experience -- have agreed to explore how to turn principle into practice and further the rule of law.

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Five Ways to Speak Like Obama | BNET

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To achieve the body language that’s effective for you, focus on a single attribute — for example, calm — and practice implementing it in the basic motions of your day, from getting dressed in the morning, to leaving your home for work, to greeting your friends and colleagues. Practice calmly walking up to the lectern or the front of the room. And, while it mentions "practice," I suggest a stronger directive: Number 7: Speak often.

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