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

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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. Lisa Braithwaite has a great post where she discusses why you should avoid the lectern if you can. Likely a main reason why people stand behind a lectern, even when they don’t have to, is because of the perception of safety.

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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. whatever your height, you must be bigger than the lectern: in other words, be lively and animated in your delivery and don't bury your face in your written materials.". Nick R. Here's a great quote from his post: ".whatever

A fashion tip for women speakers

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But on one point, I … Continue reading → Logistics Christine Bleakley Christine Lagarde lavalier lectern Marissa Mayer Microphone presentations public speaking Sheryl SandbergWhen it comes to giving fashion advice, I am on thin ice. When it comes to giving fashion advice to women, I have fallen through the ice and am flailing about waiting to be rescued.

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

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

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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

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.

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. podium business presentations public speaking lecternIt can be placed in the middle of the stage or off to one side. A podium is a raised platform on which a speaker stands during a presentation.

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. A lectern is great for holding your notes or hiding your props. What about those times when the only microphone is attached to the lectern? If you must use a lectern, follow these tips: 1.

Another reason to avoid the lectern

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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?

"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. Lecterns accomplish many things, from providing a platform for your notes and technology to hiding most of you from the audience, useful if you''re in fight-or-flight mode. Return to the lectern and your prepared remarks when you''re done.

Public Speaking - Remove the Lectern

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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).

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. 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.

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. Stephanie's just starting as a speaker, so here are some things to consider and know about lecterns, whether you use them or avoid them: Lecterns are the slanted stands that prop up your speech and hold the microphone. Lecterns have advantages: They're a natural focal point for the audience. Lecterns have disadvantages: They hide you, the speaker.

Week 7: A new speaker mulls the lectern

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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 I've noticed that here and in earlier videos, she says she feels energized as an audience member when the speaker is dynamic and moving around. So I'm recommending that she start thinking about how she'd do that herself.

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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

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testing the kindle on the lectern

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In this case, our venue had a nice spotlight trained over the reading surface of the lectern, and it was midday. 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. While the moderation requires extemporaneous speaking, the panel introductions did require a text--and gave me a good test opportunity.

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.

‘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)

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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

Cameron takes to the lectern in a crisis

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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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Step away from the Podium

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In this week's NYT, Michael Shear and Ashley Parker describe how Mitt Romney's speaking got much better once he stepped away from the lecturn: When Mitt Romney crammed for the Republican presidential debates four years ago, he went all out: The campaign built a stage with four lecterns and used senior staff as stand-ins for his rivals, John McCain and Rudolph W. This month, when Mr. Romney prepared for his seventh debate of the 2012 campaign, at Dartmouth College, there were no lecterns.

Toastmasters Friday: Order! Order!

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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. Rogers Rules of Order Meeting Format Rigid Rules Structured meetings Clapping Toastmasters Tradition LecternAh, formalities. Our organization is full of them.

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New Logo for Manner of Speaking

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A microphone or lectern or speech bubble were some of the obvious ones. Manner of Speaking has a new logo. For a website devoted to public speaking and presentation skills, there were many designs I could have chosen.

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5 Tips on Presenting Like A Real Human

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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. Tags: Technique Top 10 american idol barack obama contractions facial expression human kevin rudd lecterns Marley and Me Mary Murphy naturalness paula abdul presentation style victoria beckham

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8 scary ways to be a better speaker

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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. Why speakers need a strong, fast start Lecterns: use them or lose them 17 reasons to welcome audience questions Are you a member of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook ? Speaking can be scary.

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Tip or treat: October's top 10 tips

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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? The focus of week 7 of our Step Up Your Speaking online coaching included this popular post with 3 video examples of women speakers demonstrating best practices, with or without a lectern. You can see online trainee Stephanie Benoit's thoughts on speakers and lecterns here.

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

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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. And wherever you are, whatever meeting you go to, your civic club or any other club you go to, there''s a place for the speaker, there''s a lectern. There are two lecterns ! There''s a Republican lectern and a Democrat lectern.

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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

Presentation delivery tips for the greatest impact

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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.” ” Near the end, I used a slide that summarized a few points about presentation delivery. It was a slide that I created a number of years ago, but the points are still valid, so I thought I’d share them with you here.

Using props to create a vibe

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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! The ceiling was hung with Chinese lanterns, there were fans laid out across the back table, and the lectern was draped with a fabric that had Chinese writing on it. 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"

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The suggestions included: Don't stroke your beard, don't push your hair back, don't touch what you're wearing, don't put your hands in your pockets, don't hold them at your waist, don't put them behind you or in front of you, don't lean on the lectern, don't restrict your movements, don't have too many movements, and more. Small movements, big movements, even leaning on the lectern with one elbow for a few seconds while you make a point.

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3 ways to know if you would benefit from speaker coaching

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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. Annotate exactly when you get podium jitters. Write down your key points […]. Career info Presentation skills Speaker coaching

Public speaking gestures: Too many "don'ts"

Speak Schmeak

The suggestions included: Don't stroke your beard, don't push your hair back, don't touch what you're wearing, don't put your hands in your pockets, don't hold them at your waist, don't put them behind you or in front of you, don't lean on the lectern, don't restrict your movements, don't have too many movements, and more. Small movements, big movements, even leaning on the lectern with one elbow for a few seconds while you make a point.

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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. You do not have to use multimedia in a live talk to be successful, but if you do choose to present with the amplifiying power of multimedia, then a small, remote control device is a necessity.

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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. On the other hand, assuming that the only microphone available was the one fixed to the lectern, and assuming that the microphone was needed to be heard in the room, then it is better for Clooney to have stayed behind the lectern. Up in the Air is a great film.

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Tips from my first professional Pecha Kucha

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Most people weren’t experienced presenters and they stood behind a lectern (I think it was actually a music stand) and read their notes. But in general, you should come out from behind the lectern and speak without notes. What’s that? Pecha Kucha is a presentation format that gives you 20 slides that display for 20 seconds each. So the entire presentation is 6 minutes and 40 seconds. You have no control over the timing; it is all set up automatically in advance.

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Reading a Speech

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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. If you have to read your speech and there is no lectern, you will have to hold your notes. Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it.

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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. What if there's no lectern or table? However, if something happens and you have no table or lectern, use a chair.

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