Banquet/Luncheon Tips

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You may want to politely remind the program coordinator to consider some of the following points: ROOM SET-UP (Many of these tips work whether food is being served or not) Avoid spacing round tables widely apart in an attempt to fill the available space. A better idea would be to space the tables as close together as practicable (allowing enough room for comfortable waiter and waitress movement). Try to set the head table / speaker area on the long side of the room.

Public Speaking Techniques - Localized/Personalized Comments

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If you have a head table, a joke on one of the persons up there with you will work. If you tell a joke on someone at the head table and he or she doesn't laugh, the audience will not laugh either. Also, if you have four vice-presidents of a company at the head table and you only tease two, the other two may be offended.

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The Difference Between Lecterns and Podiums

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A rostrum or dais is a larger platform or stage on which a head table might be placed during a formal dinner. Lecterns versus Podiums Many people confuse the words “lectern”, “podium”, “rostrum”, and “dais”.

13 Speaking Lessons in 30 Days

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Always Dress Like You''ll Be At The Head Table. But the people who left my table with nothing because I didn''t bring enough don''t want to hear that.

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Eye Contact - From Credible to Creepy

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Making eye c ontact in one place vs. another too often may give your audience reason to wonder if you care more about, say, the execs at the head table more than the room as a whole. source: Wikipedia) What Not To Do Do not look over the heads of your audience.