Have you ever experienced a dull speaker who stands at the podium holding onto it as though it’s going to run away, or the person who reads from their notes and never looks up at the audience?
Those speeches are boring because a podium is an artificial boundary between you and the audience. It makes you uncomfortable, and it makes your audience uncomfortable.
Yes, there are times when the content you are sharing has to be factually correct and accurate, and you may need to go to the podium and read, but that doesn’t mean you don’t pause periodically and look up the audience to connect with them.
In my humble (but accurate in this case) opinion, those are the only times you should ever stand behind a podium.
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