With almost all new technological breakthroughs there is a period when
the new device is heralded as the answer to all our problems, followed
quickly by a learning period during which we figure out how to best
capitalize on the new approach to working. Voice-mail fits this paradigm
and is the culprit that heightens “telephone tag” to an art form.
When I try to remember the last speech,presentation or sermon I
attended, very few surface to the top of my memory. I do recall sitting
through hundreds of boring hours of PowerPoint presentations given by
various people — professors, classmates, and business colleagues.
So like the rest of the planet, I am ahuge, huge fan of Susan Boyle –
the unassuming woman who took to the stage on Britain’s Got Talent the
other week and literally blew away the judges, the audience, and now the
Internet community. In fact, the only person who was probably not
thrilled with her performance had to be the guy or gal who followed her.
While she was knocking ‘em dead onstage, I’m guessing that person was
getting nauseous backstage.
Yes, we know there's a difference between a lectern and a podium. A lectern is the stand upon which a speaker can hold their notes. It often holds the microphone. A podium is the platform. A stage.
Our name, Behind the Podium is meant to convey that there's a lot that happens backstage, before a speaker ever gets in front of an audience. Behind the Podium can give you, the reader, some insight about how a speaker got to the podium, and what they're doing behind the scenes.
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