Lectern etiquette

As with any situation that involves other people, there is an etiquette associated with being at the lectern or on stage. In this fifth and final excerpt from a presentation based on Toastmaster’s International’s “Better Speaker” series of educational presentations, I talk about lectern etiquette.

Tips covered in this video include:

  • Speak to the audience … not the person you are introducing.
  • Lead the applause as the speaker comes up to the platform.
  • Don’t leave the lectern unattended. Wait for the speaker to arrive before leaving.
  • When leaving the stage, don’t block the audience’s view of the speaker.
  • Show interest in the speaker when you are in view of the audience.
  • Return to the stage quickly so the speaker doesn’t have to stand there waiting too long.
  • Show appreciation for the speaker as he or she exits the stage.

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Carma Spence, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Superpowers and turning their knowledge and interests into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

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