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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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? See photo here.

"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.

can your kid's photo quell speaking fears?

The Eloquent Woman

I've heard executive women speakers say they sometimes fight their speaking fears by putting a child's drawing or a photo of their child on the lectern during a talk. Now there may be a scientific reason for speaking moms to tote that photo along.

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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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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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39 lies, myths, and mistaken notions speakers tell themselves

The Eloquent Woman

I need a lectern. Creative Commons licensed photo by scaty1 ) Get involved in more conversations on public speaking with The Eloquent Woman.

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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. Creative Commons licensed photo by Lawrence Wang

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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. Creative Commons licensed photo by Lawrence Wang ) Get involved in more conversations on public speaking with The Eloquent Woman.

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50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will speak without using a lectern. Photo courtesy of virginsuicide photography. 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.

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50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will speak without using a lectern. Photo courtesy of virginsuicide photography. 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.

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Reading a Speech

Manner of Speaking

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. Don’t write the speech out in paragraph form (as in the photo). Photo courtesy of deVos / Flickr. ———.

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A long time ago, before death by PowerPoint

Presentation Zen

Below, for example, is a photo of General Dodonna (from Star Wars IV) briefing a packed room full of starpilots, navigators, and droids. Do not stand meekly in the corner or behind a lectern, removed from both the audience and the bright screen.

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The sushi of speaking: 7 bite-sized ideas to get you speech-ready

The Eloquent Woman

You want to be able to stand in a relaxed stance, without swaying or hanging on to the lectern, to look most authoritative--and to keep attention on your words. Bring a funny picture, child's drawing, or photo that only you can see at the lectern to start your speech with a welcoming face.

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top women speakers? Stacy Allison

The Eloquent Woman

Because she recalls her stories and doesn't need notes, she's freed from the lectern and able to focus on enhancing her speech with gestures, movement and vocal variety. Photo of Allison from the Sweeney Agency.).

The 5-step cure for boring body language

Speaking about Presenting

Holding your hands together, putting them in your pockets, or hanging onto the lectern will stop you gesturing. But have a look at the photo to the right… do most of these global leaders look like gorillas? Could your body language be more expressive?

4 things to remove before speaking

The Eloquent Woman

Not only is it unnecessary--it can't be read from where you're standing, and you're going to be introduced--it adds a white, glaring square to your image and detracts from any video or still photos that capture the event.

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How to keep to time during your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Photo credit: zoutedrop. Have a small, but easily readable, travel clock that you can put on the lectern or even in front of you on the stage. Do you regularly go over time when you’re delivering a presentation?

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Presentation Barriers: Physical

Professionally Speaking...

Using a podium or lectern cuts off 50 plus per cent of most people's bodies. Photo Credit: [link] / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Barriers are helpful between skin and sun or between deer and freshly planted flowers. Barriers are a hindrance between speaker and audience.

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50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will speak without using a lectern. Photo courtesy of virginsuicide photography. 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.

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Famous Speech Friday: Julia Child's "The French Chef" cooking demos

The Eloquent Woman

Her lectern was a kitchen island, and, as you can see in the photo at right, she had a television crew at her feet while she spoke.

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Comfort zones for the nervous speaker: 5 places to go

The Eloquent Woman

The lectern: Lecterns are the original speakers' armor, serving as a comfort zone right on stage or at the front of the meeting room. They hide two-thirds of you physically, give you a place to keep a photo or other feel-good reminder nearby, stash your script--all of which might make you feel more in control. Not every speaker uses or needs a lectern, but if it helps you, go for it.

Holiday gift list for speakers!

Speak Schmeak

See both together in the photo on the left.) I keep my notes to the side of the stage, on a table or lectern, and in order to see them clearly (I also use a big font!),

Sussing out your speaker space: A checklist

The Eloquent Woman

If there's a lectern , what's on it or built into it? Several of these items might best be answered with an emailed photo -- especially of the room shape, seating, the lectern from the speaker's viewpoint, and more.

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

The Eloquent Woman

Creative Commons licensed photo by TEDxStellenbosch ) Get involved in more conversations on public speaking with The Eloquent Woman.

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Four lessons for speakers -- from Broadway

Speak Schmeak

As long as the notes aren't crippling the flow of your presentation or creating a distraction for you, who cares if they're sitting on the lectern off to the side? Top photo: Maggie Lakis, Nicky, Cullen R. Photo by: Carol Rosegg. Download audio here.

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My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

See both together in the photo on the left.) I keep my notes to the side of the stage, on a table or lectern, and in order to see them clearly (I also use a big font!), It''s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Famous Speech Friday: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: "If your dreams do not scare you."

The Eloquent Woman

These dramatic episodes, smoothed out and made crisp for the lectern at a formal speaking event, are only hinted at in her words.

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keeping your cool

The Eloquent Woman

Today's New York Times looks into the psychology behind seemingly cool customers --those who stay calm under tense circumstances like, oh, public speaking , for example. Turns out it's not just a genetic tendency, but one that can be learned by regulating your emotions.

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Is PowerPoint the new black?

Speak Schmeak

Standing behind the computer has a similar effect on your presentation as standing behind a lectern. Black dress photo by Lukasz Dunikowski.

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?

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Bill Clinton a Powerful Speaker

Executive Speech Coach

Notice the passion and intensity evident in this photo. Look at the passion in this photo. It is a classic Churchillian pose with one hand on the lectern and the other raised to incite his audience to action. Former president Bill Clinton is still a powerful speaker.

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A Kindle Valentine: Free 2-day shipping

The Eloquent Woman

The smaller 6" Kindle is just a bit larger than a large file card, and can be held with one hand or propped up on a lectern. Join our thriving community to get extra content, early input into my blog posts, and to share your questions, photos and video.

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7 bite-sized ideas to get you speech-ready

The Eloquent Woman

You want to be able to stand in a relaxed stance, without swaying or hanging on to the lectern, to look most authoritative--and to keep attention on your words. Bring a funny picture, child's drawing, or photo that only you can see at the lectern to start your speech with a welcoming face.

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London notebook: Inspirations on women and speaking

The Eloquent Woman

You can see from the photo at right that the committee room--with rows of seats facing each other on either side of a long aisle, with a distancing podium intended for the committee at the front--was not the best layout for an interactive talk.

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Four lessons for speakers -- from Broadway

Speak Schmeak

As long as the notes aren't crippling the flow of your presentation or creating a distraction for you, who cares if they're sitting on the lectern off to the side? Top photo: Maggie Lakis, Nicky, Cullen R. Photo by: Carol Rosegg.

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Instead of wincing, 10 things to look for on the video of your talk

The Eloquent Woman

Invisible gestures: You may be gesturing like a windmill, but if it's below the height of the lectern or out of camera range, all the audience will see is your body moving slightly. Photo of Barbara Natterson-Horowitz speaking at TEDMED 2014 via TEDMED

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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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When should speakers choose Q&A format versus a speech?

The Eloquent Woman

Most people lose energy when they sit, and you have more options for movement if you stand, even if you''re working with a lectern. It''s commonplace now for speakers to be presented in an interview format--no formal remarks, just questions and answers with a moderator or interviewer.

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George Takei's bold TEDxKyoto Talk

Presentation Zen

There was no lectern, no notes, no teleprompter. Thanks to TEDxKyoto for hosting the event and for the photos above. More photos from the event available here George Takei knows how to tell a great story. In this case, a true story of his life.

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