Your Creative choices, Your “Style” ~TjD
A Music Stand…is this a Concert? No, but it is a Creative Choice. Why you wonder? Well, Joseph Nye is a former Assistant Secretary of Defense. And also a former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He knows himself well and will offer sharp insights into international politics. But that’s not why I’ve chosen to feature him here. He’s teaching all of us a lesson in Speaking. His choice to use a Music Stand is a Creative Choice that He knows will guarantee an error-free Presentation. So, we can learn from the choices of other Speakers.
True, his topic is interesting and a good choice for a TED presentation. Yet, that not the reason I’ve featured him here. I believe, like me, that you’ll find his creative choice a…skillful use of a Music Stand to be instructive and inspiring to beginning and experienced Speakers.
I often suggest using a Lectern, Desk, or Music Stand as a Convenient place to work from. It’s a workstation to hold your notes, water, a laptop, and it serves to ground or anchor you during your Speech or Presentation. And, as importantly, it allows you freedom of movement which you should strive to use effectively and to your advantage.
Leave your notes, walk away, walk back, glide past checking your notes as you pass by, refresh your memory, then lead your audience further into your Presentation, with Confidence. The Music Stand: one more “tool” for your Speaker’s Toolbox. You may not want or need to use it for every Presentation. But, if the Speech Content demands absolute accuracy, it’s a Creative Choice you should become comfortable using.
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