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As with any situation that involves other people, there is 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, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. She is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, a certified life coach, science fiction writer and poet. She is able to see people's brilliance and help them bring their genius to light. The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides creative entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding and online presence, as well as the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.