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. Notes are essential only when you must read a prepared speech, or give a presentation in a foreign language. Lecterns do make things look official. Judges always hide behind a lectern.)

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.

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"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. All of these tactics take practice before your actual talk.

A Public Speaking Alphabet

Manner of Speaking

Always ask yourself two questions before you begin to prepare a speech or presentation: (a) What is my key message? (b) 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 ? A - Audience.

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

Manner of Speaking

Practice with a timer. Prepare two versions of your presentation, one long and one short. Prepare a detailed handout. 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.

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

Manner of Speaking

Practice with a timer. Prepare two versions of your presentation, one long and one short. Prepare a detailed handout. 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.

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. Madrigal does a useful description of his process for memorizing, and notes something that good coaches know: Practice and memorization will make your talk better over time. From the article: All the live practice began to reshape the talk itself.

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A checklist to prepare the whole speaker, annotated for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

My checklist to prepare the whole speaker is one of this blog's most popular posts of all time. The principle behind it remains the same: To succeed as a speaker, you need to prepare the whole speaker for your presentation, not just one or two parts of yourself. This type of preparation is great for all speakers, but utterly essential for introverts to feel more comfortable when speaking , be it in a meeting or a major speech. Do I feel prepared? more practice?

the speaker's wish list: practice tools

The Eloquent Woman

Calling someone a "practiced speaker" is a compliment that recognizes the work involved in becoming a smooth, eloquent presenter, interviewee or speaker. But even speakers who invest in training need to spend time practicing on their own. With holidays approaching, here's a wish list for some tools and gadgets that can help you practice on your own to reach specific speaking goals: I need to keep my remarks brief or fit them into a specific amount of time.

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Public Speaking Advice: 7 Timely Tips for Pre-Presentation Preparation

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

  7 Public Speaking Timely Tips for Pre-Presentation Preparation. How will you reach the lectern? Is the light on you instead of the banner or the lectern if you are not standing behind it. Hand-held, lavaliere, or Lectern? Practice talking into it, the proper placing is chin level for a handheld. Public Speaking Advice. By Patricia Fripp CSP, CPAE. The big day has come. You are ready to deliver your presentation.

practices for panelists: 7 paths to success

The Eloquent Woman

Do I need to prepare a presentation or remarks, or is this more of a roundtable with the moderator asking questions? What's the panel setup--table with microphones or each of us taking a turn at the lectern? Related posts: 4 stepping stones to get speaking practice (including panels) Everything in moderation (for panel moderators) 5 ways to renew your speaking skills Speakers: 7 reasons I want you to talk more.

Step away from the Podium

Green Room Speakers

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.

9 not-to-miss reasons for video practice

The Eloquent Woman

Do you really need video practice to speak well? That seems to be the assumption I've encountered in a couple of recent workshops I've led on communications skills and speaking, where several young women have noted on their feedback forms that they didn't find the video practice useful "because I'll never be on camera in my work." But I'd say to any would-be speaker: Take any opportunity you can to practice on video, even if it's on your own.

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? 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.

Toastmasters Friday: How Smooth is Your Choreography?

Speak and Deliver

The preparation, so everyone knew what they were doing. The strong transitions from President to Toastmaster to Evaluator to Speaker, etc, that come from repeated practice. When transitioning from one participant to another in front of the room, work to be consistent in what you do, whether you meet people halfway or make them come to the lectern. The key factor in both routine and interpretive choreography is planning and preparation.

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5 Tips on Presenting Like A Real Human

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Barack Obama is human, Kevin Rudd… well, you can practically hear the whirring of the tiny servo-motors and sophisticated vocal synthesis circuits that make his performances so reasonably human-like. It’ll break you away from your pre-prepared answers and give things a more relaxed feel. Leave The Lectern. Lecterns block all of that from view, leaving you as just a head poking up out of a box. “Good morning and welcome, ladies and gentlemen.&#.

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

The Eloquent Woman

For some speakers, the dangers of a speech lurk in the preparation. They over-prepare for speeches , focus on the writing, or worry about potential pitfalls. Practice your opener several times, so that you can do it without referring to your notes and make early eye contact with the audience. 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.

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ON SPEAKING LIKE A PRO

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Visualize your success at the lectern. Practice, Practice, Practice your speech beforehand. Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail.' (C)2008 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.

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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. Practice Really Does Make Perfect. If you know you have a big presentation at work or you are the guest speaker at a seminar, the best thing you can do — besides being well-prepared and having your speech memorized — is to practice on family and friends. I am really well prepared. A Guest Post from Catherine Joyner.

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50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will prepare. I will practice. 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 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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50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will prepare. I will practice. 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 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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Do it with the lights on

Speak Schmeak

Stage There was a large screen in the middle of the stage, and the speaker was off to the side in a small spotlit area next to (or behind) the lectern. This doesn't guarantee that the emcee will practice your introduction or have any measure of polish, but at least you can choose the words. I felt that the emcees lacked preparation and were winging the introductions, one more noticeably than the other.

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Do it with the lights on: TEDxSB Part 1

Speak Schmeak

Stage There was a large screen in the middle of the stage, and the speaker was off to the side in a small spotlit area next to (or behind) the lectern. This doesn't guarantee that the emcee will practice your introduction or have any measure of polish, but at least you can choose the words. I felt that the emcees lacked preparation and were winging the introductions, one more noticeably than the other.

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On my review bookshelf

The Eloquent Woman

I've got a growing pile of new books to review on public speaking and am just starting them, but wanted you to know right away about what's on my new-book shelf: Scott Berkun's Confessions of a Public Speaker takes a different approach to writing about speaking: It takes you behind the lectern and shows you what Scott has experienced, with lessons woven into a more-narrative-than-tips book. Tags: speaker preparation books we like Twitter

50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will prepare. I will practice. 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 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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7 bite-sized ideas to get you speech-ready

The Eloquent Woman

For some speakers, the dangers of a speech lurk in the preparation. They over-prepare for speeches , focus on the writing, or worry about potential pitfalls. Practice your opener several times, so that you can do it without referring to your notes and make early eye contact with the audience. 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.

39 lies, myths, and mistaken notions speakers tell themselves

The Eloquent Woman

Everyone can tell that I didn't prepare. If I prepare, I will seem too forced and unnatural. If I prepare a lot, my presentation will go better. If I don't prepare, no one will notice. I don't need to prepare. I need a lectern. And if the lack of data is because you didn't practice and try something new, try that approach first.

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How to manage feedback from the presentation backchannel

Speaking about Presenting

Danah had prepared a new presentation for the conference and she was working from a script. She was initially rattled by the set-up: a flat lectern, a Twitterstream displayed on the screen behind her, and bright lights blinding her. And then you can get straight back into your prepared content. If you prepare your presentation as a number of discrete modules you’ll find that adjusting your content to audience feedback will be much easier.

6 great gifts to encourage your favorite speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Help your speaker practice and promote her talks with a Sony Bloggie Touch , the same ultralight camcorder I use in group training workshops for speakers. She can plug it into a laptop to watch her practice sessions, project the video, and later, when the final result is recorded, share it to social media sites and via email. Give your speaker a practice advantage with a portable presentation lectern.

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

The Eloquent Woman

How much preparation do you want to do? Preparing a formal speech or talk is a lot of work. That''s why you so often see celebrities doing Q&A format on stage--the organizers can then make the invitation easier to accept, because the famous person need not prepare as much. I''d recommend preparation for an interview format as well as a formal speech, but it''s a different level of prep.

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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. You'll learn how to plan, write, time, practice, and deliver a talk or presentation that really meets the level of TED quality. This workshop is suitable for both speechwriters and speakers, and you don't need to have a talk prepared for the workshop--instead, you'll learn what you need to do to prepare it effectively.

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4 Skills We Can Learn From Obama's Speech

The Speaker Point

April 12, 2011 Posts Comments The Speaker Point Helping you master public speaking and communication skills Home Delivery Speech Analysis Making Money Preparation Reviews About 4 Skills We Can Learn From Obama’s Speech January 20, 2011 By Alex Cequea View Comments On January 11 th , president Obama addressed a congregation in Tucson Arizona in the wake of the tragic shootings.

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London notebook: Inspirations on women and speaking

The Eloquent Woman

We focused this time on giving practical tips to clients, something that would figure in the week ahead for me. 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. Both examples are a far cry from today''s popular plexiglass lecterns, intended to disappear and take away any sense of a barrier between speaker and audience.

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9 things to check if you're speaking from a text

The Eloquent Woman

If someone''s preparing a text for you to speak from, clue them in to any pronunciation issues you may have. Practice aloud to make sure you''re not going to stumble over how to say something, and make changes as needed before you get up to speak. Check the distance from your face to the lectern. You''d think all lecterns were standardized, but they''re not--and neither is the height and vision of the speaker.

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Panelists: Is that the way you look?

The Eloquent Woman

While one person is at the lectern speaking and the rest of the panel is waiting to speak, I train the video camera not on the person speaking, but on the waiting panelists. It's one more reason to embrace video practice (and my list of what to look for when you're recorded as a speaker ). Practically speaking, it means you can better inform your own remarks. You'll lower your tension level, stay calm and feel better prepared once your turn comes up.

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

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's Note: Talk About the Talk is a series in which speakers I've worked with share their experiences preparing and delivering major talks. When I was practicing and timing myself in my hotel room, I also realised it was too long - Denise had said, aim for 100-120 words per minute – I had written too many words so I had to cut some bits. 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.

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How the Grinch Spoke at Christmas - adapted by John Zimmer

Speak Schmeak

It’s practically here!” The little Who lecterns all stood in a row. These lecterns,” he grinned, “are the first things to go!” Maybe speaking, he thought, just needs good preparation. He brought back their lecterns, their curtains, their lights, He brought back their flipcharts, exhibits and mikes. Huge thanks to John Zimmer for his creativity and brilliance in revising this classic for us speakers. View it on his site for the accompanying images.

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How the Grinch Spoke at Christmas - adapted by John Zimmer

Speak Schmeak

It’s practically here!” The little Who lecterns all stood in a row. These lecterns,” he grinned, “are the first things to go!” Maybe speaking, he thought, just needs good preparation. He brought back their lecterns, their curtains, their lights, He brought back their flipcharts, exhibits and mikes. Huge thanks to John Zimmer for his creativity and brilliance in revising this classic for us speakers. View it on his site for the accompanying images.

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

Max Atkinson

There are a lot of men who are so uninterested in fashion and so uncertain about what style of clothes to wear that they are prepared to pay for professional advice and reassurance. Are Lecterns and Tables Barriers to Communication? A lectern stood between the person reading the lesson and the congregation, but it never once occurred to me during all those years that it was a barrier, or that it was somehow reducing the effectiveness of the reader’s impact.

How to give a killer presentation: My #AF4Q session notes

The Eloquent Woman

Lose the armor: Truly killer presentations get the speaker off the platform and out from behind the lectern. Stand next to the lectern at first, or move behind and away from it. I use the Coco Chanel method to gauge what''s "too much" in a presentation I''m preparing. We practiced using alliteration and analogies to make the three points even more memorable, using them to create versions of one participant''s message. Slam the door.

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From the vault: A checklist for the whole speaker, annotated for introverts

The Eloquent Woman

My checklist to prepare the whole speaker is one of this blog's most popular posts of all time. The principle behind it remains the same: To succeed as a speaker, you need to prepare the whole speaker for your presentation, not just one or two parts of yourself. This type of preparation is great for all speakers, but utterly essential for introverts to feel more comfortable when speaking , be it in a meeting or a major speech. Do I feel prepared? more practice?

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From the vault: 7 paths to success for panelists

The Eloquent Woman

But into each speaker''s life some panels will fall, so you may as well be prepared.) Do I need to prepare a presentation or remarks, or is this more of a roundtable with the moderator asking questions? What''s the panel setup--table with microphones or each of us taking a turn at the lectern? (Editor''s note: Since this post appeared in 2009 , my own views on panels have shifted quite a bit.

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Get 'Good On Your Feet' as a speaker in our March 2-3 workshop

The Eloquent Woman

How can you look confident and relaxed, instead of pinned to the lectern? It's a small-group, two-day intensive training that will show you how to get ready, relaxed and resilient in dealing with all kinds of speaker situations--while looking and feeling more prepared and confident. Most valuable: practicing with feedback from Denise and the other participants."

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