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.

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Lose the Lectern

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Specifically, with the only available microphone attached to the lectern and no lavalier mics available, the presenters were stuck in one place and were prevented from interacting with the audience.

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

Great Public Speaking

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

Bad Public Speaking Advice: Always Stand Behind the Lectern | Presentation Training

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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?

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.

"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.

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.

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.

Public Speaking - Remove the Lectern

Great Public Speaking

To get started in your efforts to involve the audience I recommend that you take a big axe with you to each one of your presentations and chop the lectern into tiny little pieces. The behind-the lectern speaker is quickly going the way of the dinosaur. Make every attempt possible to avoid delivering your information from behind a lectern (unless protocol and/or logistics absolutely demand that you do).

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

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.

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Joining the Great Lectern Debate!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

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

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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.

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

Manner of Speaking

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

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

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

Manner of Speaking

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

A Public Speaking Alphabet

Manner of Speaking

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.

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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Tip or treat: October's top 10 tips

The Eloquent Woman

Readers chose the tips and treats they found on this blog in October, and I'm happy to share them with you in this monthly roundup of our most popular posts: Should you use or lose the lectern? You can see online trainee Stephanie Benoit's thoughts on speakers and lecterns here.

5 Tips on Presenting Like A Real Human

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Leave The Lectern. Lecterns block all of that from view, leaving you as just a head poking up out of a box. If you want to come across as more human, loosen that death-grip on the lectern and come out where they can see you.

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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 !

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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.

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Seven tips to improve your public speaking skills

Joan Detz Speaker Services

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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Where do you put your notes?

Speak Schmeak

If you've been provided a lectern , it's a super handy place to keep your notes. If there's no lectern, but you have access to a table, then I recommend using a document stand like this one. It's unobtrusive and doesn't block the audience's view like a lectern.

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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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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.

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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.

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Step away from the laptop

Speak Schmeak

Since we've been talking about coming out from behind the lectern , let's talk about coming out from behind the computer. This is almost as restrictive as standing behind a lectern, although sometimes people walk around in between slides.

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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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ON CONQUERING YOUR FEAR

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

What if I fail at the lectern?” 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. and do it (speak) anyway.

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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.”

Check your sight lines

Speak Schmeak

There was plenty of space in the front of the room, and one speaker had made a point of saying she wasn't going to use the lectern but rather move around. The other speaker, who spoke at the lectern, was never in view.

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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. A Guest Post from Catherine Joyner.

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ON SPEAKING LIKE A PRO

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Visualize your success at the lectern. 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. Greet your audience as they arrive in the room. Then the group will not feel like strangers to you.

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