Lose the Lectern During Your Next Presentation

You don’t want a barrier standing between you and your audience. They won’t feel as close a connection with you. Instead of blocking your body by standing behind it, turn the lectern to a slight 45-degree angle and stand to the side of it. That way you are in full view of your audience, and you still can peek nonchalantly at your notes if you need them. You also have access to the lectern microphone if that’s your only amplifying option.When working with audio-visual experts and with meeting room set-up crews, you’ll want to use the proper terminology, so here’s your bonus vocabulary tip from the blog:

Lectern: The piece of furniture a speaker stands behind

Podium: The platform upon which the speaker stands

Easy idea: Turn the lectern to a slight angle and stand to the side of it instead of behind it. If you don’t need it, don’t use it.

I never speak from behind a lectern; I usually just push it to the corner of the stage and use it to hide door prizes, visual aids, my water—and even my purse.


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