testing the kindle on the lectern

The Eloquent Woman

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.

Panelists: Is that the way you look?

The Eloquent Woman

When I'm training a team presentation, a set of panelists, or just an individual speaker who's going to be on a panel, I use a time-honored training tactic. Consider the table, or lack thereof: Skirted tables for panels were created precisely because panelists also fidget from the waist down.

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practices for panelists: 7 paths to success

The Eloquent Woman

Speaking as part of a panel is a great opportunity to speak without the full responsibility for holding an audience's attention.a What's the panel setup--table with microphones or each of us taking a turn at the lectern?

Seven tips to improve your public speaking skills

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Many writers are more comfortable at their keyboards than at lecterns. Many executives are more comfortable speaking one-on-one than speaking on a panel. How good are your public speaking skills? 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

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

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Either way, you'll be expanding your understanding of women and speaking: Now that's a vision: "Ideally, someday, attendees will see a tech panel featuring more women than men and not notice anything amiss," says this article on a purpose-driven approach to righting the gender imbalance.

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From the vault: 7 paths to success for panelists

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor''s note: Since this post appeared in 2009 , my own views on panels have shifted quite a bit. I now advocate for panels without slides and technology, so the panel discussion can be a real discussion--and my own preference is to attend conferences with few or no panels.

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6 public speaking tips for your next protest rally speech

The Eloquent Woman

Make your gestures above the height of any lectern you may be using so they're in camera range--and in view of the spread-out audience. Learn how to be a better panel moderator with The Eloquent Woman's Guide to Moderating Panels

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New! 2 workshops on creating a TED-quality talk set for January 2016

The Eloquent Woman

Creative Commons licensed photo by redonion_TEDx ) Got a panel coming up? Whether you're a conference organizer, speaker, or moderator, you'll have a better panel--and a sparkling discussion--if you plan with The Eloquent Woman's Guide to Moderating Panels.

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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. Learn how to be a better panel moderator with The Eloquent Woman's Guide to Moderating Panels

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Two Ways to Let Your Audience Co-Create Presentation Content

More than PowerPoint...

Audience members passed their written questions to volunteers who made sure that the most popular and well-framed questions were brought forward to my lectern. Why not ask a modern audience to Tweet their questions with a special Twitter hashtag for panel discussions?

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From the vault: 16 #publicspeaking tips for eloquent scientists

The Eloquent Woman

How do you wean yourself from the lectern? Got a panel coming up? Whether you're a conference organizer, speaker, or moderator, you'll have a better panel--and a sparkling discussion--if you plan with The Eloquent Woman's Guide to Moderating Panels.

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Talk About the Talk: @drlucyrogers's space debris talk at InspireFest

The Eloquent Woman

Even the “casual saunter” back to the lectern to refer to my notes (s ee photo) wasn’t as embarrassing as I t hought it would be. Photo by Conor McCabe ) Got a panel coming up?

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Two Ways to Let Your Audience Co-Create Presentation Content

More than PowerPoint...

Audience members passed their written questions to volunteers who made sure that the most popular and well-framed questions were brought forward to my lectern. Why not ask a modern audience to Tweet their questions with a special Twitter hashtag for panel discussions?

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Make your talk better with practice and memorization

The Eloquent Woman

They gripped them like safety blankets, splayed them on top of tables holding demonstration equipment, occasionally wielded paper alongside an iPad, or propped them up on lecterns and music stands. Got a panel coming up?

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Joke Contest Results — Naked Person

Humor Power

Here are the top lines and Honorable Mention entries from this month’s contest, selected by our panel of judges (speakers and improv players). ** FIRST PLACE **. Great monologue, John, but why such a large lectern? - It’s time for the results of the May Joke Contest: What To Say to a Naked Person. Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month. Our next contest is June 1, 2014.

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London workshop: Creating a TED-quality talk, April 3

The Eloquent Woman

Learn how to be a better panel moderator with The Eloquent Woman's Guide to Moderating Panels.

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Fact & fiction about body language 2: Does it matter what you wear or where you stand?

Max Atkinson

Unfortunately for him, there were members of the panel who had been informed by an image consultant to be wary of men who wear green suits to business meetings. Are Lecterns and Tables Barriers to Communication?

From the vault: A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

If I'm standing behind a lectern, or will be seated behind a skirted table, have I focused attention and color near my face? If I'm on a panel, will the table be skirted? When you choose what to wear for a speaking engagement or presentation, what goes into your thinking?

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7 times you should turn down a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

When there are too many people on one panel: Panels of more than three people are fraught with peril for the speaker and the audience. I once had an organizer ask me to join a panel of 8, and each of us were to get 2.5

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London notebook: Inspirations on women and speaking

The Eloquent Woman

At the Victoria and Albert Museum, I kept coming across examples of lecterns, essential in times when the prayer and choir books were large in format and too heavy to hold unassisted. The coastline, columns, a closet, committee rooms, a conversation, confidence. What do they have in common?

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Famous Speech Friday redux: Betty Friedan calls for a women's strike

The Eloquent Woman

I was so tired when I finished that I held on to the lectern. Learn how to be a better panel moderator with The Eloquent Woman's Guide to Moderating Panels

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From the vault: 7 times to turn down a speaking gig

The Eloquent Woman

When there are too many people on one panel: Panels of more than three people are fraught with peril for the speaker and the audience. I once had an organizer ask me to join a panel of 8, and each of us were to get 2.5

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What does it mean to practice your speech? 8 good options for speakers

The Eloquent Woman

Using a lectern? Find a lectern. I have read my slides, therefore I have practiced. -- René Descartes Descartes didn''t quite say that, but you say it all the time. Absolutely. I practiced," you''ll tell me. And I''ll look at you, skeptical.

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Chairing a conference: How did I do? Lessons for chairs from #esnbxl

The Eloquent Woman

Together, we looked at how much room the participants had at their seats (good leg room), how well the sound system worked, where we wanted the lectern given the available setup, what the lighting was like. "You are going to tell us how it went, aren''t you?"

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A checklist for the speaker's wardrobe

The Eloquent Woman

If I'm standing behind a lectern, or will be seated behind a skirted table, have I focused attention and color near my face? If I'm on a panel, will the table be skirted?

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top women speakers? Jennifer Granholm

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Hemlock Semiconductor is the world's leading producer of polycrystalline silicon, the stuff that makes solar panels work." (Go Nearly every one of them is above the lectern and well within viewing range.

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Today's top black women speakers: your list

The Eloquent Woman

Notice how, even from a lectern, she looks at and engages her audience in all parts of the hall. Physicist Shirley Ann Jackson , president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, serves on a variety of corporate boards and government panels as well as overseeing RPI.

20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

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Though this list is geared towards one-hour sessions rather than panels and workshops, some of the same principles apply. It might be nice to place it on the lectern in front of you. 20 tips for better conference speaking ~ 16 February 2009 ~ View from on stage as I’m preparing to speak at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008. I’ll be straight up with you: I don’t profess to be an expert speaker.

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Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson

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When on a panel, dont look at your shoes. I can’t tell you the number of bad photographs of panels I have because some of the panelists look like they are sleeping or bored up there. I dont mind if you stand at a lectern to talk to me, just make it interesting. On the other hand, most of these things Ive said—such as speaking to the screen and staring at shoes while sitting on a panel—wont work for anyone well.

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

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Move away from the lectern and into the crowd as much as possible. I'm doing my first panel presentation in March on SMS and am super nervous about it.

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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 ). We also suggest that panels of our newsmen periodically appear on each other's television to discuss major events.

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