Step away from the Podium

Green Room Speakers

Podiums create distance between you and the audience. In this week's NYT, Michael Shear and Ashley Parker describe how Mitt Romney's speaking got much better once he stepped away from the lecturn: When Mitt Romney crammed for the Republican presidential debates four years ago, he went all out: The campaign built a stage with four lecterns and used senior staff as stand-ins for his rivals, John McCain and Rudolph W. From the Green Room: Whenever possible, step away from the podium.

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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The Difference Between Lecterns and Podiums

Executive Speech Coach

Lecterns versus Podiums Many people confuse the words “lectern”, “podium”, “rostrum”, and “dais”. It can be placed in the middle of the stage or off to one side. A podium is a raised platform on which a speaker stands during a presentation. To remember podium think podiatrist - which is a foot doctor. A rostrum or dais is a larger platform or stage on which a head table might be placed during a formal dinner.

Do You “Own Your Podium”?

Speaker Launcher

Team Canada’s theme was “Own The Podium&#. As speakers, we need to own our podium. By this I mean stage or platform or even the room. And when you step on the stage, it should be with 100% confidence. But you would NEVER know it when they walk onto the stage. 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.

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. We want leaders in both politics and business who look like they’re capable of striding the world stage. 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.

2012 112

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. It toppled off the back of the stage.

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. Learn how to not get thrown off balance by ringing cell phones, loud noises off stage or loss of power to your microphone. A lone speaker exposed on stage does not stand a chance against a hostile crowd if things get physical. Any article written by my Fripp Associate Ian Griffin is worth reading or reposting. This was first published in a Ragan newsletter.

Fear Busters – 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! « The Shy.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

NTU PPT TRAINING FILES The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage Tips & Strategies to Help You Speak Effectively to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Stay updated via RSS Get Gary Now!: Fear Busters - 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! Tired of standing on stage, gripped by fear and paralysed by nervousness? The following are 10 tips to help you overcome stage fright. Get out on the stage and seek to have fun! Stage fright?)

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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. “It’s amazing to think that the stage is so far away, she was actually saying those words a million years ago, and even at the speed of light it’s taken that long for her message to reach us.

Four Tips to Crush Your Fear of Public Speaking

Succeed Speaking

You’re standing on a podium behind a lectern giving a speech to a packed house and you’re hands start shaking ever so slightly. Getting Started Presentation Skills Speaking Skills Fear of Speaking Public Speaking Stage FrightA Guest Post from Catherine Joyner. You start to notice beads of sweat trickling down your face and you become self-conscious and nervous that people will notice. You’re voice starts quivering and you feel nauseous.

2013 156

Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

The combination of these two women on stage gave us a powerful example of how different styles and backgrounds can yield equally successful presentations. And let’s not forget that brilliant ending that took everyone by surprise when Meryl reached below the podium, pulled out her Oscar, and said, “This is what you get when you play a world leader.”

2012 161

Oklahoma! - Breaking Down the Fourth Wall

Green Room Speakers

The "fourth" wall in theater refers to the imaginary wall between the audience and the action on stage. One of the most thrilling aspects of Arena Stage's revival of Oklahoma! Here are some highlights: One of my favorite moments happened during the dancing in "Farmer and Cowman," I almost had to restrain myself from jumping on stage! Step away from the podium and move directly towards the people you are speaking to. connect to audience Arena Stage Fourth wall Oklahom

Winning the Future: Reflections on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

DeFinis Communications

I was especially so last night as I watched President Obama take control of the podium and deliver a well-structured speech that reiterated for all of us our unique and inspiring history. Content Development Content structure and organization Current Affairs Distinctive Language Examples of Powerful Speakers Language Physical Presence Rhetorical devices Speaking Tips Stage Presence body language Current events Executive Speech Prep

2011 122

Queen Rania and Public Speaking – 7 Lessons

Matt Eventoff

It is too early to tell if any of these men and women will “break out” and emerge on the global stage due to oratorical or public speaking ability. 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.

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. Stay tuned for my free teleclass, "6 Tips for Growing and Showing Confidence Both On and Off the Stage (Even if You Have None!)" coming up on July 11, in which I''ll share some of my favorite -- and super easy! -- tips and tricks for building your confidence muscles on and off the stage.

2013 182

Be inspired by these two women

Speaking about Presenting

My stage fright was so complete and overwhelming that it ruled my every public appearance.” Here’s what she says: “And for the first time in my life, I stand on a stage and raise my voice to the public with full confidence and not an inch of panic. What if I throw up on stage?” I’ve come to embrace the power of the podium.” To show you that it is possible to get over extreme stage fright and become a powerful speaker.

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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. A few minutes before taking the stage, waggle your jaw by moving it from side to side. 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.

2014 198

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

The Presenter's Blog

Without an auto cue to look at, notice how easily the speaker can move himself around the stage, and his gaze around the entire audience. 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.

2012 112

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

Matt Eventoff

Is there a podium? Locate them before you take the stage, if possible. * 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.

2012 177

Basic Public Speaking Etiquette

Manner of Speaking

Joe walks to the podium, shakes Jane’s hand and gives her a warm smile. Jane smiles back and turns to leave the stage. Jane – who is still on stage, with her back turned to Joe and moving away from him – looks back and signals her recognition of Joe’s thanks. The next time you give a speech or presentation and are introduced by someone, wait until that person sits down before you start talking.

A Lesson from Lang Lang

Manner of Speaking

When he first came on stage, Lang Lang was greeted with a big round of applause. He was comfortable enough with himself, his audience and his surroundings to wait silently on the stage until he was ready to begin. 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.

2012 198

The Power-Cut Presenter

The Presenter's Blog

Next, he went to the podium, collected a sheet of PowerPoint print-outs of his slides, and slipped seldom publicly seen reading glasses onto his nose. The reading glasses came back off his nose, and quitting the stage he came down to the level where the audience were seated. He then sat down on the edge of the stage, and spoke from there instead. In the second that the lights pop there is a moment of perfect puzzled peace. Have you ever noticed?

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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.

2011 148

3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data

Duarte Blog

The secret of dynamic presentation is intentionality, the simple act of making a plan before you take the stage. Think about it, you’re methodical about your research, intentional about your slides… why shouldn’t the same principle apply to your stage presence? That intention should determine how you move on stage, what you do with your hands, and how you use your voice. As opposed to wandering or standing stoically behind the podium, move purposefully.

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[Podcast] Winning Body Language for Powerful Presentations with Mark Bowden

Speaker Launcher

22:47 What kind of preparation does Mark do before he walks on stage? 33:10 Should you ever hide behind a podium? Should you pace around the stage? 51:26 Is there a “wrong” color to wear on stage? What we say with our bodies can be almost as important as what comes out of our mouths. Few people know this more than Mark Bowden. Mark is a keynote speaker, presentation trainer, and author of three books about body language.

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." In the mid 20th century, "podium" came to refer to the "platform or dais at the front of a hall or stage, especially one occupied by the conductor of an orchestra."

5 Steps to a Brilliant Keynote Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

Watch stage plays, movies and excellent presenters and incorporate relevant techniques, personalized so they are authentic, into your presentations. Buckingham was very energetic and used his space confidently, which in this case was a huge stage with two screens on either side where he was being projected. Don't present from behind a podium; move around purposefully in your space; move closer to the audience when you are making a key point.

Sometimes for Speeches, the Third Time’s the Charm

DeFinis Communications

He is creative in his approach to content development and open to using a bit more dramatic stage technique and image-based slides. When asked what prevented him from giving this last speech, he said, “I didn’t know what the stage set up would be, and it was very small, so I couldn’t move as much as I’d planned. There was a podium and I stayed away from it, yet I felt cramped and tight.

2012 168

The Fear of Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

Is there a podium? Locate them before you take the stage, if possible. Body Movement: A few minutes before “taking the stage” – “Waggle” (lateral movement) your jaw; bend forward and dangle your arms and let them shake; shake your hands over your head; utilize simple stretches and isometric stretches (more on that later) — all of these movements, when incorporated with proper breathing, warm the body, relax the mind and calm your nerves.

2012 205

Chairman Blankfein, Code Pink & Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

In mid-sentence, two demonstrators’ from the organization Code Pink took the stage carrying a banner stating, “We Want Our $$$$$ Back!&# . His next decision to address the protesters, acknowledge the message they were delivering, and negotiate them off of the stage was very well done. In my opinion, the woman who addressed him was very polite, addressing him as &# sir,&# had a very polite exchange and when asked, agreed to leave the stage.

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Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

Is there a podium? Locate them before you take the stage, if possible. Body Movement: A few minutes before “taking the stage” – “Waggle” (lateral movement) your jaw; bend forward and dangle your arms and let them shake; shake your hands over your head; utilize simple stretches and isometric stretches (more on that later) — all of these movements, when incorporated with proper breathing, warm the body, relax the mind and calm your nerves.

2012 196

How to Make a Great First Impression…on Easter Sunday or Any Day

DeFinis Communications

Research tells us that listeners make up their minds about presenters within the first 30 seconds of seeing the presenter take the podium. As soon as you take the podium or the stage, make eye contact with your audience. When I was growing up, Easter Sunday was a celebrated occasion, much like it is today. A big part of the fun was dressing up in our new pastel dresses with matching shoes, jewelry and fancy Easter bonnets.

2011 133

The Mark of a Champion

Manner of Speaking

And, although I didn’t see most of the other speeches, from what heard, I suspect that if you had shuffled one or more of the other competitors onto the podium, it would also have been fair. I was privileged to have been able to share the stage with Mark and seven other terrific speakers at the Spectacular Speaking event the day before the Toastmasters Conference. It has been just over two weeks since my last post, an unusually long (and unacceptable) time for me.

2012 203

Stop that Stutter: 6 Steps to Overcome Presentation Performance Anxiety

Duarte Blog

They shared that, “The presenter is competent with the material but when presenting gets nervous and begins to stutter on stage” When this message was sent around the agency, I immediately had flashbacks back to my college days. I dreamed of being on stage as a musician, but my nerves were debilitating. So she coached me in a variety of techniques to help me overcome my nervousness before I went on stage and performed (presented).

2012 87

Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

Manner of Speaking

In cold, windy weather and before a huge crowd, he took the stage and, for 24 minutes, wowed his audience. Given the occasion, the illustrious backgrounds of the dignitaries with whom he shared the stage and the fact that he was receiving an honorary degree, I’d be willing to bet that Conan had his share of butterflies. “Your insecurity is so great, Dartmouth, that you don’t even think you deserve a real podium.

Executive Communication Skills: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Matt Eventoff

Is there a podium? Locate them before you take the stage, if possible. Body Movement: A few minutes before “taking the stage” – “Waggle” (lateral movement) your jaw; bend forward and dangle your arms and let them shake; shake your hands over your head; utilize simple stretches and isometric stretches (more on that later) — all of these movements, when incorporated with proper breathing, warm the body, relax the mind and calm your nerves.

2012 170

Bad Rules Never Seem to Die: the 5 Worst Ideas in Public Speaking

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  “When I speak, I have to stay behind the podium.”    Sometimes it’s the technology – you’re speaking at a big conference and you’re on those big screens in a live feed, and the tech folks tell you that you have to stay behind the podium so they can keep you on screen.    Unless the camera guy is asleep, he can follow you as you move around the stage, and even into the audience. 

2012 80

Cracking the Presentation Glass Ceiling

Professionally Speaking...

Specific tips to enhance your presence include: don't speak from behind a podium which blocks out a lot of your body; stand tall with shoulders back; get closer to the audience by standing directly in front of them or moving to the front of the stage. This article has been selected for DeFinis Communications' “Top Presentation Strategies for Women” Blog Carnival. Enjoy posts from a variety of exceptional bloggers at [link].

2011 139

How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present

Duarte Blog

The amount of movement you do on stage during your presentation can have a huge effect on how well people can pay attention to you. 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.

Public Speaking - Hold the (Smug) Ah-Ha Moments

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was a time in the 20th century when brandname business leaders and research scientists could pontificate at the podium. Instead the stage was there for them to pontificate even more. Styles change in public speaking. In the question and answer period they weren't expected to grapple with assumptions. That was then. Then came two severe recessions in the 21st century. Businesspeople don't know so much after all, we figured out.

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Big 10 QB Kirk Cousins – The Heisman Speech

Matt Eventoff

It was obvious the preparation he put in before talking the podium, something many professional athletes can learn from. Smile – Cousins was warm from the moment he took the stage, not always the easiest image for an athlete to effectively convey. There are many reasons why Michigan State Quarterback Kirk Cousins has a bright future – and his public speaking skill is one of them.

Emotion in Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

Knowing that he would be called to the podium, he was concerned that, in the emotion of the moment, he would blubber like a fool. As with any presentation, in the moment you may be overtaken by nerves, emotion or stage fright. Just before the holidays, a dear friend and colleague of mine emailed me to get some advice on how to maintain emotional control during a presentation. He was closing his business of twenty years and was being given a farewell party by his biggest client.

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How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present

Duarte Blog

The amount of movement you do on stage during your presentation can have a huge effect on how well people can pay attention to you. 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.