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.

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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. Book Review Leadership Lessons from the Podium public speaking Stephen D. Last year, Stephen D. A hectic schedule and already-bulging reading list kept me from getting to it until recently.

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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

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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

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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 lecternThey make it difficult to connect.

How to use a lectern or podium | 20-Part Body Language Series for Public Speakers

TJ Walker Interactive

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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].

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

TJ Walker Interactive

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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. podium business presentations public speaking lecternA lectern is the slanted-top high-desk that you as the speaker stand behind and use when reading your presentation notes.

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!&#. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the 2010 Olympics just wrapped up in Vancouver. Now, I wasn’t 100% in favor of that message as I thought an athlete’s journey was important too, but in the end it was effective. 14 golds, woo hoo!

Technology, or Lack Thereof, at the Podium

TJ Walker Interactive

To read David Pogue’s thoughts on technology and presenting from the NewYorkTimes.com click here. Reader response by TJ Walker Dave, you are my favorite tech columnist in the world and your videos are brilliant. But for the love of Pete, you over-complicate speaking. I recommended that you have a single sheet of notes printed in big bold [.]. Uncategorized david pogue Media Training new york times

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. But before Mr. Keough or anyone else could get their hands on the crystal, another speaker heading for the podium brushed past the sculpture. Your ability to make a quick save and help the show go on might, under those circumstances, be your most important presentation skill. A sense of humor doesn't hurt, either.

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.

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. Here's an inspirational story about an individual overcoming a severe stuttering challenge.

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

TJ Walker Interactive

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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. To speak from a little raised podium makes you look more like the guy conducting the village band in the park on a Sunday afternoon.

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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. A podium is a huge barrier between you and your audience, making you seem unapproachable and distanced. Stay away from using a podium if at all possible.

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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. 

Client Success Spotlight: From Olympic Glory to Speaking Success with Sami Jo Small

Speaker Launcher

Listen to hear 3-time Olympic Medalist Sami Jo Small share her journey from the Olympic podium to finding success on the speaking platform. The post Client Success Spotlight: From Olympic Glory to Speaking Success with Sami Jo Small appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

6 Valuable Tips for Small Business Owners to Master the Art of Public Speaking


Are you one among those whose hands quiver as they adjust the microphone and legs wobble as they approach the podium? Does the thought of addressing a large audience make your palm sweat and heart pound fast? If so, it’s the indication that you have a fear of public speaking.

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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. I like to point out that people who only play tennis twice a year are probably not very good at it. Public Speaking Financial times

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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. Makes sense especially when there's no podium, but mightn't the hands at your side posture look a little wooden? Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Got Stagefright? Try This.

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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. As I reported back in 2008, ex-President Clinton (well, I suppose there’s still only one, so no need to clarify like […]. Culture Shock! david cameron tony blair

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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.

Pivots and Failure in Your Speaking Business with Sarah McVanel

Speaker Launcher

Quote: “How have I shape shifted my identity to fit the circumstance so I can still serve, even though I’m not doing it from the podium in front of hundreds of people?”

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Cultivating Stage Presence with The Second Circle

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A highlight of last week’s PSA World Speechwriters Conference was hearing Edmée Tuyl describe differences in energy speakers bring to the podium. She outlined the concept of three circles of energy that comes from master speech and acting coach Patsy Rodenburg who speaks about the importance of cultivating what she calls “Second Circle energy” as […]. Public Speaking acting Patsy Rodenburg

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Bridging the Gap

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

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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.

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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% 15% of respondents stated that they would be more likely to…” ZZZZZZ There’s a reason why that style of presenting doesn’t work anymore. It’s boring, doesn’t engage the audience, and […]. The post Seven Trends to Make Your Presentation Pop appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

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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. Leave nothing to chance. Start by booking convenient lodging – preferably onsite. If no onsite […]. International speakers Professional organizations

Video: NSA/NC May Meeting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I took to the podium with Jim Carrillo to demonstrate how easy it is to create a video on YouTube in under 10 minutes. Nearly 300 members and guests of NSA/NC spent Saturday May 1 at the Achieve! The Professional Edge showcase of professional speakers from across Northern California. I then asked people to share their [.].

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Book Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

But there are precious few on what it’s like to stand on the podium and deliver a talk, let alone what it takes to make a living as a speaker. Confessions of a Public Speaker There’s no shortage of books on how to write speeches and speak with confidence. Scott Berkun’s new book, Confessions of [.].

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Interview: Resolving Public Speaking Anxiety with Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Panic at the podium—and embarrassment over the obvious symptoms—is debilitating for many executives and entrepreneurs and can include symptoms such as erythrophobia (Fear of Blushing), hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) and voice paralysis. Jonathan Berent, L.C.S.W. has pioneered treatment for performance and social anxiety since 1978. A certified psychotherapist, he has worked with thousands of individuals of all ages in individual, group, and family psychotherapy.

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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. Some areas where I believe the Queen can focus to take her game to the next level: 1) Movement – Queen Rania tends to hold the podium with both hands, sometimes breaking for minor gesturing, and then resuming to hold the podium. The Queen also tends to favor standing behind the podium (at least in the majority of speeches I have watched).

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 [.].

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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.

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Ed Milliband Conference Speech. Showing how it’s meant to be done!

The Presenter's Blog

Last week I criticized Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg for being perched on his little podium, a slave to the TV cameras. This week we saw Ed Milliband using a large square podium, and even though there were people sitting behind him, just take a look at the way he walks that podium, in the “Square Dance” method we mentioned last week. Congratulations Ed Milliband.

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10 Ways to End Your Speech with a Bang

Pivotal Public Speaking

Instead of firing off a perfunctory “thank you,” consider launching fireworks of final passionate thoughts from the podium. by Peter Jeff. End your speech with an attitude, not a platitude. link].

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? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers.

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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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Never Read a Speech.Badly

Professionally Speaking...

Walking up to a podium and starting to read prepared text, whether written by you or someone else, without sufficient preparation is a recipe for disaster. Do not speak when you are looking down at your speech on the podium. Since you're pretty much glued to the podium because that's where your text is, you can't move around. I'm the first one to advise against reading a speech.

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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. Log your preparation time. Write down your key points […]. Career info Presentation skills Speaker coaching

Body Language Practicum II - Hand Gestures

Professionally Speaking...

Thus, hands are frequently found stuffed in pockets, gripping a podium or playing with their owner's hair, glasses or jewelry. A big challenge for many students in my presentation skills courses is what to do with their hands. When standing at the front of a room, suffering from nerves, one's hands seem like unwelcome and awkward appendages. To make matters worse, many presenters remember some misguided advice they've heard somewhere along the way -- 'don't talk with your hands.'