Step aside, but don’t leave the lectern alone
In comedy skits (like Saturday Night Live), sometimes the camera opens on an unattended lectern. I call it the naked lectern. It looks so silly. Why? It sends the unconscious message that no one is in control.
To help YOU appear in control, here are some tips:
-Never leave until someone takes over
Stay put until the person you call up arrives and shakes your hand or at least takes your place. Think of it as playing “tag.” You don’t move away to take your seat until someone has “tagged” you with a handshake. Step back to allow the approaching person to step in front of you.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t move around while you are delivering your talk. When finished, however, remain until the next person to take control arrives and shakes your hand. If they appear to not be aware or willing to shake your hand, that’s okay. The handshake is not important. What is important is to not leave the lectern unattended.
-Lead the Applause
When a program calls for the audience to applause, you lead by applauding first.
WHAT TO SAY IF YOU TRIP
From: One-Liners for Disaster, by Tom Antion
–I also do magic tricks.
-It took years of finishing school to learn to do that.
-Is there a doctor in the house?
-Ok, Who planted the banana peel?
-I used to be too humble to stumble.
-Give me an inch, and I’ll take a fall.
Image used with permission of Elizabeth Gilbert Photography