At only 4’11″ tall, audiences of less than 200 people appreciate when Merit is on a raised platform, 6″ — 12″.
For audiences of more than 200 people, 12″ — 24″ is best. Being elevated helps everyone see her- if only she could walk around on a riser 24/7! Occasionally, Merit will leave the stage and walk out into the audience so steps from the front of the platform are appreciated.
Ideally there would be no more than 10 feet from the first row of seats/ tables to the stage.
Merit does not speak from a lectern… ask her about the first and last time she did, it’s a great story! If it is necessary for a lectern to be on the stage for another part of the meeting, please have it set to the side of the stage for Merit’s presentation.
If Merit is not using visual aids in the program, screens should be raised or positioned off to the side. All equipment that is unnecessary for Merit’s program should be removed if possible.