Should You Speak Behind a Lectern?
Executive Speech Coach
MAY 16, 2012
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.)