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. 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

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Lessons From the Podium

Speak and Deliver

Just as with Nancy's book, I received an advance copy of Lessons from the Podium for review purposes. Lessons from the Podium Leadership Speaking Books Book Reviews Steven D. As you might expect, I read a lot of books about the subject of speaking.

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

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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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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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!&#.

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.

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

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

TJ Walker Interactive

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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.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Bridging the Gap

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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%

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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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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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Hot tips from the pros

Speak Schmeak

Here's a nice slideshow of " Podium Tactics from 28 Public Speaking Pros." I like this quote by Dick Rudder: " The most successful presentations get the audience to direct the conversation. "

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Using a lectern: do or don't?

Speak Schmeak

And while I'm on the subject, let me remind you that a lectern is not a podium. You stand on a podium; you stand behind a lectern. The word "podium" derives from the Latin podium , "elevated place," or "balcony" and from the Greek podion "foot."

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 [.].

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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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].

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.

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. Congratulations Ed Milliband. The leader of Britain’s Labour Party just delivered what can only be called a barn-stormer of a speech.

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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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NY Speechwriters Conference Debrief 2 of 3

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Petraeus demanded the right to be present every time the General spoke and to be in the car on the way to the event to get the boss fired up before stepping onto the podium.

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What if no one shows up? Part 2

Speak Schmeak

When former President Bill Clinton took to the podium on Friday at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, he told the audience a story. As a follow-up to this post , here's another example of how to handle it when no one shows up, from one of the pros.

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Ten Fatal flaws of public speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

In this article, Ten Fatal Flaws Frequently Found from the Podium, Sandra Schrift lists 10 basics to success in public speaking. They may seem obvious, and yet in the focus on writing and delivering a speech, they can be overloooked. Well worth a look - just to be reminded !

Be inspired by these two women

Speaking about Presenting

I’ve come to embrace the power of the podium.” Shonda Rhimes is the creator of award-winning TV shows, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Like many introverts, her safe space was sitting in her office writing. She turned down most speaking engagements and when she couldn’t get out of it … “I was a walking panic attack. My stage fright was so complete and overwhelming that it ruled my every public appearance.”

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