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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