Podium vs. Lectern

Manner of Speaking

Rather, it’s about the distinction between two mainstays of public speaking: the podium and the lectern. A podium (pl. podiums or podia) is the raised platform on which the speaker stands to deliver his or her speech. “Podium” is derived from the Greek word ???? It is important to make the distinction between a lectern and a podium. And yet, many people say “podium” when they are actually referring to a lectern.

Lessons from the Podium

Manner of Speaking

Cohen, author of Lessons from the Podium , kindly sent me a copy of his book. Lessons from the Podium is a quick read. I don’t think that seasoned speakers will find much that is novel in L essons from the Podium. Last year, Stephen D.

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Recommended: THNKR: PODIUM YouTube Channel

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The public speaking channel (called PODIUM) is described as Embracing oration & those with something to say. I’ve just come across a fabulous Channel on YouTube. THNKR posts original videos in four sub-categories: on books, prodigies, thought leaders and public speaking. From historic political speeches, to contemporary commencement addresses, to wedding toasts, the series explores [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking Speechwriting YouTube

The Difference Between Lecterns and Podiums

Executive Speech Coach

Lecterns versus Podiums Many people confuse the words “lectern”, “podium”, “rostrum”, and “dais”. A podium is a raised platform on which a speaker stands during a presentation. To remember podium think podiatrist - which is a foot doctor.

Step away from the Podium

Green Room Speakers

Podiums create distance between you and the audience. From the Green Room: Whenever possible, step away from the podium. 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

How to keep the Podium and Microphone from Disrupting your Speech | Public Speaking

TJ Walker Interactive

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Speechwriting — Success Behind the Podium with Barbie Tootle

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Barbie Tootle is President of Left Field Consulting, which provides freelance writing services, consultation in communication strategies, and training in creativity and personal development. She researches and writes speeches for CEOs and senior officers in the corporate world, non-profits, and higher education. Barbie also writes scripts for large events and videos. She is story editor […]. Speechwriting Ohio State University

Should You Speak Behind a Lectern?

Executive Speech Coach

podium confidence business presentations public speaking lectern effective executive speakingMaybe. I suggest you do not use a lectern. Standing away from the lectern exposes your full body to the view of the audience. You appear more vulnerable, open and trustworthy. The added benefit is that you also appear more powerful and confident with your message. How Can You Use a Lectern Effectively? It is helpful to have a stand on which to put your notes.

Cigar PEG 2011 Presents Pirates of the Podium

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized Cigar PEG 2011 Pirates of the PodiumParty Information: [link] Join the Cigar PEG: [link].

Do You “Own Your Podium”?

Speaker Launcher

Team Canada’s theme was “Own The Podium&#. As speakers, we need to own our podium. Next time you enter your meeting room, tell yourself “I’m owning this podium!&#.


Public speaking: Working with a professional speaker

Joan Detz Speaker Services

You want your speaker to arrive fresh/rested at the podium. Many organizations go to a great deal of work/expense to hire a professional speaker for their conference – but then let the ball drop by overlooking the final travel logistics.

Round. Nick Clegg’s Conference Speech Problem

The Presenter's Blog

Nick Clegg of the British Liberal Democratic Party, chose yesterday to forgo the stage for his leader’s speech at the Party Convention and to instead speak from a little round podium that had been placed in amongst the audience.

Overcoming the fear of public speaking

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Hitting the ball, or hitting the podium, [.]. There was a thorough overview of ways to overcome a fear of public speaking in Tuesday’s FT. They advise that practice makes all the difference. I agree.

Public Speaking for Fun and Profit

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

While there are many Toastmasters and National Speakers Association members who speak for fun and profit, none can touch the stellar earnings that retired (but not retiring) politicians can rake in at the podium.

Share your accidents (& saves) on the podium

The Eloquent Woman

They don't happen all that often, but sometimes accidents do happen to speakers up on the podium , in full view of the audience--or right before they go on.

From stuttering to speaker’s podium

Executive Speech Coach

From stuttering to speaker’s podium Reported in The Oakville Beaver Author Charles Marcus of Oakville stuttered so much growing up, he could barely utter a few words — sometimes not speaking at all for long periods.

How to Use a Lectern or Podium When Giving a Speech | Public Speaking Training

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Why Public Speaking is Important for Leadership


When we think about leadership, we usually picture political leaders who stand at podiums rallying crowds to support their causes; or athletes who spur their team to push their limits and try harder; or executives who develop strategies to help their colleagues edge out the competition.

3 ways to know if you would benefit from speaker coaching

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Annotate exactly when you get podium jitters. Ask yourself these 3 questions: Do I spend way too much time preparing my presentations? Do I feel nervous when I get a public speaking invitation? Do I sometimes walk away from a lectern feeling I did less-than-my-best? Keep notes.

6 Ways to Quit Bullet Points with Style

Executive Speech Coach

6 Ways to Quit Bullet Points with Style from Podium Wisdom Presentation Tips on Twitter Presentation Skills Club on Facebook Executive Speech Coach , Business presentation tips from George Torok , the Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com. Practical tips from this slideshow and well illustrated.

Presentation Barriers: Physical

Professionally Speaking...

PODIUM. In one of my recent presentation skills training classes, a participant asked my opinion about using a podium, asserting that he felt a podium conveyed authority. Using a podium or lectern cuts off 50 plus per cent of most people's bodies.

CEOs return to podium - On the other side of all that

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  So, Chief Executive Officers, reports THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, have returned to the podium.  Their trust in the recovery is there.    Again, they will be addressing audiences, especially employees.    But, what should be their tone and content on the other side of all that fear and uncertainty of The Great Recession? Actually, there is no one model.    The monolith of public speaking by top executives is no more. 

Seven Trends to Make Your Presentation Pop


We can all envision it—the old-school presenter standing behind a podium in front of a sleepy audience reading a PowerPoint slideshow in a monotone voice. “15%

The lonely podium: How to deal with a hostile audience

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

The lonely podium: How to deal with a hostile audience. Any article written by my Fripp Associate Ian Griffin is worth reading or reposting. This was first published in a Ragan newsletter. Ian is a fellow Brit and the Past President of The National Speakers Association Northern California chapter. He is a popular presenter at the Ragan Speechwriters Conference which is one of my favorite events to speak at or attend.

Queen Rania and Public Speaking – 7 Lessons

Matt Eventoff

4) Notes – I have watched Queen Rania present where it is evident that there are written notes (or a speech) on the podium. The Queen also tends to favor standing behind the podium (at least in the majority of speeches I have watched). Queen Rania and Public Speaking – 7 Lessons.

5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

Before you step up to the podium, close your eyes and picture yourself giving a great speech – maybe even imagine a standing ovation. What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common?

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Remember your successes to build speaking confidence

Speak Schmeak

Then they stood behind a podium and delivered a five-minute speech, while an evaluator in the audience intermittently winced and rolled her eyes. Here''s a simple trick for mustering up some confidence before your next presentation: Recall positive memories of public speaking from your past.

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Fear of Public Speaking: A Definitive Guide to Managing and Moving Forward

Matt Eventoff

Is there a podium? * Pt I of a 3 part series, as seen on CNBC.com. A random internet search for cures for fear of public speaking produces over 2 million results. That is a shame. No matter how many books, courses, DVDs, websites or snake oil salesmen promise to “cure” you of your fear of public speaking; it is never that simple, or that easy. And that is ok.

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Basic Public Speaking Etiquette

Manner of Speaking

Joe walks to the podium, shakes Jane’s hand and gives her a warm smile. The next time you give a speech or presentation and are introduced by someone, wait until that person sits down before you start talking. Too often, many speakers overlook this most basic aspect of public speaking etiquette. The result is usually something along the lines of the following scenario: Jane gives a nice introduction to Joe who is giving the main talk.

How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present

Duarte Blog

If you stand behind the podium the entire time, you’ll probably be too boring to engage the audience; if you pace like you’re a hungry panther in a zoo cage, you’re going to be distracting. So, work on taming those distracting nervous tics before you take the podium.

How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present

Duarte Blog

If you stand behind the podium the entire time, you’ll probably be too boring to engage the audience; if you pace like you’re a hungry panther in a zoo cage, you’re going to be distracting. So, work on taming those distracting nervous tics before you take the podium.

A Lesson from Lang Lang

Manner of Speaking

In his book, Lessons from the Podium , Steven D. A couple of weeks ago, my daughter, Kristen and I had the good fortune to attend a concert by Lang Lang at Geneva’s Victoria Hall. His performance was terrific. From the light melodies of Bach, to Schubert’s sombre Piano Sonata No. 21, to the moving and energetic Etudes op. 25 by Chopin, he he ld the audience transfixed for two hours.

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Muhammad Ali was not “The Greatest”

Matt Eventoff

The stage (or podium, or conference center) is not the first time to experiment a new technique without prior practice. . At least not the original “greatest.&#. Muhammed Ali is not only a boxing legend and a historic figure, he is also one of the most famous showman ever. His speaking style, including his wit, amusing quips and flamboyant statements, is easily recognizable to most people. It is also not entirely his own.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

when you''re the introvert on the podium. Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog.

Our top 10 posts on women & public speaking for 2016

The Eloquent Woman

And we wonder why it's tough to get women on the podium? On the blog, the posts you read the most included uncomfortable moments, skills to build, stretch goals, myths, and easy but oft-forgotten tips to make you a more eloquent and comfortable as a speaker.

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Seven speech-techniques powering Obama’s UN Address

The Presenter's Blog

It was the beginning of the most significant phrase in the speech, and also the one that news networks seized upon to replay in the moments as the Barack Obama stepped down from the podium. by Peter Paskale. Powerful speeches contain powerful content.

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6 things you might be hiding behind as a public speaker

The Eloquent Woman

The podium is what you stand on , aka the platform or stage, no matter what you hear at airline gates Playwright Harold Pinter said, "One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness."

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3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data

Duarte Blog

As opposed to wandering or standing stoically behind the podium, move purposefully. Have you ever had lunch with a genius?

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The author as performer

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The reclusive scribe is forced into the public eye to read extracts from the podium to an indifferent audience. For many authors the book tour is a necessary evil. Authors, researchers, accountants - subject matter experts of all kinds find it difficult to speak about their passion in a compelling and engaging manner. These [.].

Got Stagefright? Try This.

Green Room Speakers

Many of my clients prefer to speak with a podium because "it gives me something to hold on to." You grab hold of the podium and with your hands squeeze as hard as you can. The problem is that there really is no way to hold onto the podium gracefully.