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Public speaking with a lectern

Many public speakers who are used to speaking without a lectern find it a challenge to speak with one. Speaking properly and naturally from behind a lectern will make you a very well rounded public speaker, so you are ready for any kind of public speaking gig. A few simple tips that you can practice will make you a much better speaker if you are used to giving over keynotes rather than lectures.

When you stand behind a lectern make sure that you plant your feet firmly. If you tend to shift from foot to foot or lean on to the podium this will give your audience the impression that you are nervous or anxious. Practice standing up straight and tall will give the impression to the audience that you have confidence and know what you are talking about.

Don't think too much about what to do with your hands. Many speakers try to choreograph their hand motions with their speech, but that will start to look staged. When you practice your speech find a comfortable place to put your hands, whether resting on the lectern or gripping the sides. Forget about moving your hands and the gestures will just come naturally making you look more comfortable with your speech.

Print your speech in a large print or on note cards with large spacing. If you are giving over a long speech with figures or numbers and a lot of information, using large print will make it easier for you to find your place should you forget what comes next in your speech. Although you shouldn't be reading from your notes, having them will give you a little more confidence than not but don't rely on them too much.

Practicing with these three tips in front of the mirror at home or with a friend in the lecture hall that you will be speaking will help to improve your public speaking skill dramatically.

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I have to speak at an event with a lectern, what should I do with my hands while a speak?


You should find a natural place to put your hands. If its resting them at the bottom of the lectern or gripping the sides it doesn't really matter, just try to keep them loose so that they can punctuate your speech naturally.

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What is the difference between a poduim and a lecturn?


According to Manner of speaking.org a podium is the raised platform that one stands on while the lectern is the slanted stand that your papers sit on.

Sep 10, 2013 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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lookup serial number


The key might be on the manual or the box if its not on the cd.
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a software program designed by Nuance Communications that enables a user to speak instead of type to both transcribe information and control his computer. This is beneficial if you don't like typing or physically cannot do it.
The software requires a headset microphone to work and some configuration to get started. To continue using Dragon Naturally Speaking, you must register it or it disables itself.
Activation is done online and requires a product serial number.
The location of the serial number varies depending on the software version, but it should be located on the box, CD case or manual.

Start Dragon Naturally Speaking.
When it completes the loading process, click "Activate Now" when prompted and then click "Activate Automatically."
Enter the serial number in the space provided and click "Generate Activation Key."
Copy the activation key into the activation text box and click "OK" to activate Dragon Naturally Speaking.
How to activate Dragon NaturallySpeaking without an Internet connection
http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/how-to-activate-dragon-naturallyspeaking-without-an-internet-connection

Apr 25, 2013 | Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 Home

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MY DRAGON NATURALLY SPEAKING 10-PROFESSIONAL DOES NOT WORK IN AOL EMAIL. IT WORKS WITH EVERY OTHER PROGRAM. BUT, WHEN I TRY TO DICTATE IN AOL EMAIL, NOTHING HAPPENS. ANYONE KNOW OF A SOLUTION?


Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 has not been tested to work with web based e-mail. It's also the same thing with Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 regardless of any version. As a work around and fix for this, if you want to use it through on any web based e-mail is to use the Dictation box.
Here are the simple steps to access the Dictation box:
1.Make sure you have successfully loaded a working user profile. 2.On the dragon bar, go to tools and then go to "Dictation Box" 3.Here, you can start dictating e-mail messages and use the "Transfer" button to transfer text in AOL E-mail.
I hope this solves your current problem.

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Naturally Speaking 10 for Windows usable on a Macbook?


check NS website for appilcable mac options

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