Let the Lectern Languish

Haydock Park – 2016. I was presenting that morning for 45 minutes and as is my volition, I was working with the sound team to ensure my visuals and the microphone would work without a hitch. This team can make or break your talk so they’re important allies. I looked up at the stage and someone had put an enormous bright white wooden lectern on the stage. Without thinking I blurted out “Who’s put that monstrosity on the stage?” “I did” defended the head technician. “Whoops” I thought as I…

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Elvis and Presentation Stagecraft

During a lull in this years’ Christmas celebrations in France, my family watched footage of Elvis Presley performing in Las Vegas in the early 1970’s. Possibly his most efficacious period. “It’s all in his movement” we all concluded and if you watch Elvis perform, he does boss the stage, every movement choregraphed to perfection. How should you “boss” the stage when presenting? There’s a number of rules that you should adopt: Don’t pace up and down, left to right – it’s a sign of nerves. You may not be nervous,…

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