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.

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.

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

Manner of Speaking

Better to rethink it before the day of the event rather than find yourself in a difficult situation on stage. 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. You can do this while remaining on stage.

A Public Speaking Alphabet

Manner of Speaking

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.

Public Speaking: Stage Fright Tips

Great Public Speaking

Strategies when the program begins: If legs are trembling, lean on lectern /table or shift legs or move. Get More Great Tips On Stage Fright! stage fright seminar training presentation skills free speaker tips public speaking membership site Tom Antion public speakingTry not to hold the microphone by hand in the first minute. Don't hold notes. The audience can see them shake. Use three-by-five cards instead. Take quick drinks of tepid water. Use eye contact.

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

Manner of Speaking

Better to rethink it before the day of the event rather than find yourself in a difficult situation on stage. 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. You can do this while remaining on stage.

Step away from the Podium

Green Room Speakers

This month, when Mr. Romney prepared for his seventh debate of the 2012 campaign, at Dartmouth College, there were no lecterns. And even if you need to speak with a lectern, take a lesson from Romney and practice without the podium. Romney debate step away from the podium lectern

Bridging the Gap

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

This one is as much for meeting managers as it is for presenters, because the distance between stage and audience is usually out of the control of the speaker. The toughest of these is the gala event where there’s a vast dance floor in front of the stage. U2 on the B-Stage.

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5 Tips on Presenting Like A Real Human

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Naturalness is a desirable quality in your presentations, but it’s hard to do in an environment as unnatural as the stage. Leave The Lectern. Lecterns block all of that from view, leaving you as just a head poking up out of a box.

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Public speaking gestures: Too many "don'ts"

Speak Schmeak

Small movements, big movements, even leaning on the lectern with one elbow for a few seconds while you make a point. Don't let the minutiae of public speaking "rules" intimidate you or keep you from getting on stage.

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Public speaking gestures: Too many "don'ts"

Speak Schmeak

Small movements, big movements, even leaning on the lectern with one elbow for a few seconds while you make a point. Don't let the minutiae of public speaking "rules" intimidate you or keep you from getting on stage.

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How to Look Authoritative when you Feel Anything But

Speaking about Presenting

stand behind a lectern or as far away as they can from the audience. Stand at the center of the stage, close to the audience. Own the stage. But don’t stand still all of the time, move around the stage as if you own it.

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Things that make you go “hmmmmm”

Successful Speeches Blog

I’ve seen some speakers who have great facial expressions and use their space like a theatrical stage. I’ve also seen speakers stand behind a lectern and hold on for dear life. Arsenio Hall.

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How to Look Authoritative when you Feel Anything But

Speaking about Presenting

stand behind a lectern or as far away as they can from the audience. Stand at the center of the stage, close to the audience. Own the stage. But don’t stand still all of the time, move around the stage as if you own it.

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The First Seven Seconds

Manner of Speaking

Move the lectern to one side if you do not need to use it. If you need to use notes, place t hem o n the lectern beforehand. Walking on stage with papers in your hand does not convey the same message as walking on stage with both hands free. Walk confidently when called to the stage. Roger Ailes is the President of Fox News, a former media consultant for three American Presidents and author of the best-selling You Are the Message.

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Step away from the laptop

Speak Schmeak

Since we've been talking about coming out from behind the lectern , let's talk about coming out from behind the computer. This is almost as restrictive as standing behind a lectern, although sometimes people walk around in between slides.

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50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will speak without using a lectern. I will be willing to be vulnerable on stage. 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. I will be willing to be vulnerable on stage. 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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ON THE SPEAKER INTRODUCTION

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Here are tips compiled (by speaker Jeff Davidson)over the years from various masters: Recognize that a good introduction must both set the stage and put the audience at ease. At the top include the message: “Dear Introducer: your role today is crucial and will set the stage for my opening lines. Nod, gesture, or otherwise thanks the introducer as you approach the stage or lectern. We’ve all been there: listening to someone totally botch our introduction to an audience.

How to keep to time during your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

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

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Clint Eastwood and the Empty Chair

Manner of Speaking

Prior to the speech, he asked for an empty chair to be placed beside the lectern. According to several reports , the entire conversation with the chair was an impromptu decision that Eastwood made only minutes before taking the stage. “Who is sitting in that empty chair?”

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How to manage feedback from the presentation backchannel

Speaking about Presenting

She was initially rattled by the set-up: a flat lectern, a Twitterstream displayed on the screen behind her, and bright lights blinding her. I counted for the time when I could get off stage. Cuz that’s not how I read the situation on stage.

50 New Year’s Resolutions for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

I will speak without using a lectern. I will be willing to be vulnerable on stage. 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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On breaking the rules…

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

hide behind the lectern. pace across the stage. One of the common comments that I receive from people who have attended presentation skills training, is that they are given a whole lot of rules that they should be following. In fact, it is very often a list of dos and don’ts. For example: Don’t. face away from the audience. fill your slides with words. talk to fast. read the slides. look at the screen. use cliché’s. face the audience. speak slowly and clearly.

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George Takei's bold TEDxKyoto Talk

Presentation Zen

There was no lectern, no notes, no teleprompter. George Takei on the center stage at TEDxKyoto earlier this month. It was an honor to meet George back stage in Kyoto after his wonderful talk. George Takei knows how to tell a great story. In this case, a true story of his life.

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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. Trouble is, humans like looking at other humans, particularly the ones up on the stage.

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Famous Speech Friday: Sheena Iyengar's TED talk on the art of choosing

The Eloquent Woman

And when she spoke at TED Global in 2010, she joined the ranks of one of the very few TED speakers to use a lectern. Until an aide helped her walk across the stage to that lectern, no mention of her blindness had been made in the program.

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Making presentations in the TED style

Presentation Zen

Some who present at TED are not used to speaking on a large stage, or are at least not used to speaking on their topic with strict time restraints. Using a prepared script from the lectern (no slides) Isabel Allende: Tales of passion.

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

The Eloquent Woman

If you're working from a text, take the time to plan and write in stage directions to yourself: "pause here," "gesture toward audience," or just underscoring words you want to emphasize will help you add grace notes to your speech.

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Famous Speech Friday: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at the 2014 UN Climate Summit

The Eloquent Woman

Jetnil-Kijiner has been on the international stage before, including a notable reading at the 2012 Poetry Parnassus in London, and her work doesn''t shy away from confrontation. Here are a few of the things that stood out: Lose the lectern, and gain an audience.

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Shai Agassi: The most important talk at TED 09

Presentation Zen

I do not generally recommend the Presenter View in Keynote or PowerPoint for ballroom-style presentations like this one as it tends to keep presenters glued to the lectern (and the lectern itself can be a physical barrier), but its use is not necessarily always a bad thing.

Three levels of presentation openings - which should you use? : Speaking about Presenting

Speaking about Presenting

I walk out on stage with what looks like a written text, plop it on the lectern, grab on to the sides, look down and begin reading in a monotone. For only about 30 seconds though, as the energy plummets so quickly I then raise my voice, step out behind the lectern, look at people with good eye contact and rip up the speech.

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Build public speaking confidence – “Scout the territory”

Pivotal Public Speaking

Walk the walk you will make to the stage or lectern. One of the most valuable antidotes to the fear of public speaking and public speaking nerves is to be prepared. Preparedness and its relation to confidence covers many aspects.

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39 lies, myths, and mistaken notions speakers tell themselves

The Eloquent Woman

I need a lectern. I have to have my notes in my hand on stage, and I won't look at them. I look fat on stage. As a professional speaker coach, I hear a lot of lies, myths, and mistaken notions from speakers--mostly things they tell themselves about their speaking and presenting.

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Ten Tips for Using Props in a Presentation

Manner of Speaking

Now this is more easily done with small props that you can keep in your pocket or behind the lectern. However, it might be possible with larger props if you have a big stage with a back curtain or wings.

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My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

Two things I always have on hand are lip balm (this one is made by one of my favorite local companies in Santa Barbara) and a pocket pack of toothpicks (you do not want food in your teeth when you take the stage!). It''s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Tips for Gordon Brown's conference speech

Max Atkinson

But there is no need for Gordon Brown to bend to fashion by abandoning the traditional lectern for a no-notes, pacing the stage speech. At a lectern, at least he can look down as if to check his script, turn a page or have a drink of water, all of which look a good deal more natural. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned here from Neil Kinnock, who is reputed to have had a lectern made to measure to fit the width of his shoulders.

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How the Grinch Spoke at Christmas - adapted by John Zimmer

Speak Schmeak

But whether the goats or the Points lit his fuse, He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos, Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown At the warm lighted stage down below in their town. The stage was all dark. The little Who lecterns all stood in a row.

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How the Grinch Spoke at Christmas - adapted by John Zimmer

Speak Schmeak

But whether the goats or the Points lit his fuse, He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos, Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown At the warm lighted stage down below in their town. The stage was all dark. The little Who lecterns all stood in a row.

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

The Eloquent Woman

I've spent much of the past five years coaching more than 100 speakers who've been featured on the TEDMED stage, at TEDx conferences around the world, or on TED.com to give proper TED talks.and many more to give talks in the style of TED.

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Holiday gift list for speakers!

Speak Schmeak

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!), I''ve updated my annual shopping list again this year to help you find the best gifts for your favorite speaker -- who might just be you!

5 tips from speakers on getting past practice to great delivery

The Eloquent Woman

Here are 5 tips from frequent speakers who've conquered big stages, making that leap look easy, from our Talk About the Talk series: Freeze that script early, then don't sweat the small omissions: " I froze [my script] on the Tuesday, before giving it on the Thursday.

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Analysis of a Speech by Phil Davison

Manner of Speaking

2: If you must refer to extensive notes, you are probably better off staying behind th e lectern. It’s easy to criticize from the “cheap seats&# but it’s another matter when you’re the one on stage. The video below has be en spreading like wildfire on the Internet. It is a short speech by Phil Davison, a Republican ca ndidate for the position of Treasurer in Stark County, Ohio.