Public Speaking Course:
Glossary F - J
Here are some important definitions taught in my public speaking
Flipchart: Large pieces of paper either bound or loose
that are supported on an easel.
Flop sweat: 1. Fear of performing 2. Perspiration
while fearful of performing or while bombing.
Fluff: Normally lighthearted information in a presentation
used to entertain or motivate (not hard data).
Gag: Wordplay or horseplay with the audience.
Gag order: Meeting planner "Judges" you
and tells you to shut up (I couldn't resist throwing this one in).
General session: All attendees present at the same
Gesticulate: To gesture in an animated and excited
manner or simply to gesture.
Goldwynism: 1940's term for comical misuse of language.
Named after movie mogul Sam Goldwyn.
Greenroom: A backstage room where speakers and performers
can relax when they are not on stage.
Also applies to television studios.
Handheld microphone: A corded or cordless microphone
that can be held to your mouth or mounted on a lectern or microphone
Handout: Any promotional or educational material given
to each audience member.
Handsfree microphone: A corded or cordless microphone
that attaches to the presenter's clothing. Also Lavaliere.
Head table: A table at the front of the room reserved
for the leaders, special guests and speakers at an event.
Heart story: Touching story that normally brings tears
to the eyes of audience members.
Heckler: Audience member who purposely annoys or bothers
the presenter usually by means of verbal abuse
(sometimes throws things).
Hey stupid question: Trite question posed to the audience
like "How many of you want to make more money?"
Honorarium: Payment for speaking or other services.
(The answer to the question, above.)
House lights: Lights that illuminate the audience.
Humorist: Speaker who uses humor to make points, convey
a message, and entertain.
Humorous acknowledgment: Mildly amusing admission
of guilt immediately followed by a serious response.
Idiom: An expression of a given language that cannot
be understood from the individual meanings of its words,
as in 'keep tabs on'.
Impostor guest speaker: Speaker with false credentials
employed to pull a gag on the audience for the purposes of stress reduction,
morale boost, and/or entertainment.
In fun: A climate in the presentation area such that
the speaker and audience are in the mood for laughter.
Introducer: Person who presents the speaker to the
audience and gives a brief account of the speaker's history.
Introduction: A normally written opening to a speech
used by the introducer to present the speaker to the audience.
Jokes: Something said or done to create laughter or
Juxtaposition humor: The placing, side-by-side, of
two ideas or items usually for the purpose of comic comparison or contrast.