WOW YOUR AUDIENCE WITH CONFIDENT BODY LANGUAGE
How is it that great public speakers captivate your attention from the moment they walk on stage?
They command the stage. Know exactly how to move. They connect. Wouldn’t you love to be able to do that? Most people don’t have that same confidence for one key reason. Because they don’t realise how to use the stage in a way that will enhance their core message! It sounds simple. And it is.
Inexperienced speakers often do not know how they should move on stage. Their movement can be driven by nerves. Sometimes pacing across the stage. It’s a common way to treat the energy that is flowing through the body. This results in various forms of public speaking anxiety, public speaking nerves and fear of public speaking.
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It’s not about how to move on stage. It’s when to move on stage. Where to. And why.
This is a key principle to powerful body language and confident public speaking. Let’s break this down further. As a speaker, the stage is your canvas. It is not simply an afterthought. It is a part of the entire experience you can bring your audience.
When an artist goes to paint, they don’t merely dip the paintbrush in paint and swirl it around on the canvas. An artist places the brush on the canvas at the right place and the right time. They use the brush to intentionally stroke the canvas creating colour and movement. With clear vision and intention. They draw upon tools to create their masterpiece.
Likewise, with you as a speaker. Yes, you can use your stage to enhance your audience’s experience.
Three tips to own the stage with confident body language:
USE THE NEUTRAL POSITION.
In this position, you are grounded. This gives your audience confidence in you. Your neutral position on stage is when both your feet are planted solidly on the ground, both facing forward, shoulder width apart (or slightly less). Stand centre stage. In this position, you command the attention of your audience. This should be your start point for any presentation. You gain confidence and move from there, depending upon where you want to transport your audience.
TIP 1: START NEUTRAL AND MOVE FROM THERE.
Move with meaning.
Rather than to roam around while speaking, move when you want to make an important point. You want to anchor the point. If you simply brush over the important point, your audience won’t realise what the relevance is from it to the other information. You want it to stand out. For example, in Jeanne Robertson’s, Don’t Mess with Broom People, she refers several times to the objects of the broom and the dustpan. Each time she does this, Jeanne moves and uses the same gestures. She brings her audience back to that reference point. The audience is able to quickly understand.
TIP 2: MANOEUVRE WITH MEANING TO MAKE YOUR POINT.
Know the stage area. A simple way to do this is to anchor the meaning using various locations on stage. This is where your stagecraft comes in. Remember the stage is like that blank canvas. Where are the various scenes of your stories on that stage? Imagine these as part of the imagery. You can fill it in with the colour of your stories, and your core messages.
TIP 3: KNOW YOUR STAGE (USE IT TO EMBED IMAGERY).
Confidence on stage and confident public speaking are linked to your content and the certainty you have in it. Take a step back from the ‘information’ you present as part of your presentation. Look at it like that blank canvas. Examine new possibilities.
When you are able to use these three tips, your audience will realise that your stories are much more than simply “telling” them. You will involve your audience through confident public speaking. By using powerful body language techniques, your confidence on stage will be so much stronger.
This, in turn, will enable your audience to connect with your stories and resonate with your core message.
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