Podium vs. Lectern

Manner of Speaking

Rather, it’s about the distinction between two mainstays of public speaking: the podium and the lectern. A lectern is a raised, slanted stand on which a speaker can place his or her notes. “Lectern” is derived from the Latin word lectus , the past participle of the verb legere , which means “to read” The word “lecture” comes from the same source. There are tabletop lecterns and there are standalone lecterns.

"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. Return to the lectern and your prepared remarks when you''re done.

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The Difference Between Lecterns and Podiums

Executive Speech Coach

Lecterns versus Podiums Many people confuse the words “lectern”, “podium”, “rostrum”, and “dais”. A lectern is the slanted-top high-desk that you as the speaker stand behind and use when reading your presentation notes. To remember lectern think lecture.

Should You Speak Behind a Lectern?

Executive Speech Coach

I suggest you do not use a lectern. Standing away from the lectern exposes your full body to the view of the audience. How Can You Use a Lectern Effectively? The problem is most speakers hide behind lecterns thereby greatly constraining important body language. In that case, a lectern with a light and microphone will help you get through your talk smoothly. Lecterns do make things look official. Judges always hide behind a lectern.) Maybe.

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.

The great lectern debate

Speak Schmeak

Thomas adds his two cents to the "great lectern debate," as he has christened the recent discussions on public speaking blogs. Nick R. Here's a great quote from his post: ".whatever

Is it OK to Lean on the Lectern? | Presentation Skills

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Public Speaking - Lecterns

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[link] Tom Antion shows you a lectern with wheels. He discusses what you would use this for

Using a lectern: do or don't?

Speak Schmeak

Following up on my post about where to put your notes , here's my quick tip about using a lectern: Don't. But using a lectern is problematic for several reasons. It's too tempting to lean on the lectern or grasp its sides for comfort.

How to use a lectern or podium | 20-Part Body Language Series for Public Speakers

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A Public Speaking Alphabet

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L – Lectern. I think that the poor lectern has a bit of a bad rap these days as being a “barrier&# between the speaker and the audience. There are times when it will be perfectly appropriate to use a lectern when speaking. Did the lectern create a barrier between Steve Jobs and his audience in this speech ? Practice getting comfortable both with and without a lectern. A - Audience. Fitting that it comes first. The most important part of any speech.

Another reason to avoid the lectern

Speak Schmeak

Lecterns are already a bad idea most of the time, and they don't make anyone look good as a speaker. But here's one more reason I dislike them: Unless you're using an adjustable lectern, a short person is at a greater disadvantage than a person of average or above-average height. Did you see how high John McCain had to raise his arms for his gestures to be seen over the top of his lectern?

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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.

Toastmasters Friday: Order! Order!

Speak and Deliver

Shaking hands, not leaving the lectern, clapping after almost anybody utters an intelligent sentence.and that doesn't even touch the Roger's Rules of Order that we work to adhere to throughout each and every meeting. Maybe we are overly-concerned with keeping the lectern attended.

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Week 7: A new speaker mulls the lectern

The Eloquent Woman

Here's Stephanie Benoit sharing her perspective on what a lectern might--or might not--do for her as a speaker. Tags: step up your speaking contest speaker tipes speaker training lecterns

Turning Republicans and Democrats into Americans: a talk by Mickey Edwards

Speak Schmeak

Even though I can''t go and do this (I wouldn''t know how to stand at a lectern) but here you are, and there''s A lectern. And if you have a speaker here (except for me), they stand at the lectern. There are two lecterns !

Step away from the Podium

Green Room Speakers

This month, when Mr. Romney prepared for his seventh debate of the 2012 campaign, at Dartmouth College, there were no lecterns. And even if you need to speak with a lectern, take a lesson from Romney and practice without the podium. Romney debate step away from the podium lectern

testing the kindle on the lectern

The Eloquent Woman

In this case, our venue had a nice spotlight trained over the reading surface of the lectern, and it was midday.

Seven tips to improve your public speaking skills

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Many writers are more comfortable at their keyboards than at lecterns. How good are your public speaking skills? Many executives are more comfortable speaking one-on-one than speaking on a panel. Many authors are more comfortable writing a book than doing the book talks. Yet good public speaking skills are essential to any career. It’s the […]. Career info Presentation skills Social media

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Joining the Great Lectern Debate!

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3 ways to know if you would benefit from speaker coaching

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Do I sometimes walk away from a lectern feeling I did less-than-my-best? Ask yourself these 3 questions: Do I spend way too much time preparing my presentations? Do I feel nervous when I get a public speaking invitation? Keep notes. Log your preparation time.

Cameron takes to the lectern in a crisis

Max Atkinson

One reason why I suggested last week that Gordon Brown should give up trying to emulate David Cameron's walkabout style of delivery and return to the lectern was that it would make the embattled P.M. Well, it was back to the lectern, back to a script and hardly any movement at all, let alone any walking about. Will we see another 'unscripted' walkabout or a carefully scripted statesman speaking at a lectern

Using props to create a vibe

Speak Schmeak

Her topic was feng shui, and because it was a dinner event (serving Chinese food as part of the theme), she not only decorated her own space around the lectern, but also decorated the whole room! I attended a presentation the other night where the speaker took props to a whole new level.

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‘Mature, grown-up and statesmanlike’ Cameron at the lectern

Max Atkinson

So David Cameron did stay at the lectern for his big speech - and won the instant accolade of being ‘mature, grown-up and statesmanlike’ in one of the interviews with the party faithful a few seconds after he’d finished. So my advice would be that, if he’s going to carry on using a lectern, he needs to work on alternating his glances much more frequently than he did in this speech, so that no one in the audience can complain that he’s ignoring them for unusually long periods of time.

6 things you might be hiding behind as a public speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Perhaps that's the origin of the lectern* and the reason why so many speakers stay tucked behind it. Lecterns are almost the least of it. Creative Commons licensed photo by dan-morris ) *Reminder: The lectern is what you stand behind and put your notes and water bottle on.

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Presentation delivery tips for the greatest impact

PowerPoint Tips

No lectern: Don’t have a big box between you and the audience. I just did a webinar for the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education called “Presentations that Impact Lives.”

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.

39 lies, myths, and mistaken notions speakers tell themselves

The Eloquent Woman

I need a lectern. As a professional speaker coach, I hear a lot of lies, myths, and mistaken notions from speakers--mostly things they tell themselves about their speaking and presenting. Really, the 39 items on this list are assumptions, but often, they're not backed up by data or evidence.

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A long time ago, before death by PowerPoint

Presentation Zen

Do not stand meekly in the corner or behind a lectern, removed from both the audience and the bright screen. A long time ago - before PowerPoint was invented - in a galaxy far, far away, leaders gave presentations backed by large electronic wall displays.

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Famous Speech Friday: Manal al-Sharif on The Drive to Freedom

The Eloquent Woman

You don't need notes and the safety of a lectern to tell a story from your past, so step out where we can see you. She's even more famous for a video of herself driving than she is for her speaking.

Be the only presenter who stands out with a truly TED-quality talk

The Eloquent Woman

Some speakers get out from behind the lectern, but give their regular talk, loaded with slides and no storytelling. In the past few years, I've coached scores of speakers who want to make a big change in their public speaking and presenting style by giving talks in the style of TED.

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Public speaking gestures: Too many "don'ts"

Speak Schmeak

Small movements, big movements, even leaning on the lectern with one elbow for a few seconds while you make a point. I read another article the other day that misrepresented Albert Mehrabian's research.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

This week, the blog looked at 6 things you might be hiding behind as a public speaker --the lectern is the least of it--and Famous Speech Friday shared Tess Vigeland's big speech about quitting a job with no plan B.

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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.

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Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Presentation Zen

All his presentations were great, but my favorite one of Steve's is not his usual Apple presentation, but rather a short 15-minute speech delivered from behind a lectern at Stanford University in the spring of 2005. Steve Jobs passed away today. He was just 56.

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Speeches from Film: Up in the Air

Manner of Speaking

He stood behind the lectern at all times. There is nothing inherently wrong with a lectern, but it does create a barrier between you and the audience. Up in the Air is a great film. Essentially, it is about our commitment in life: at work; in our families; in a relationship.

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Speakers: It’s About Time (and How to Manage It)

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a) If you are speaking at a lectern, or have a table to which you will return during the talk (for e xample, to pick up a prop) place your watch on the lectern or table with the face up so that you can quickly check it. (b) Only use a smartphone as a timer if you can place it on a lectern or table. Delivery Preparation audience Keynote lectern Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation public speaking Speech time

50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

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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. If I cannot answer that question, I will find a new message. Or a new audience.

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