It’s one thing to master the art of speaking fluently, which for us is truly such an awesome soft skill to have. But it’s another thing to connect with the audience in a way that will make them want to listen to what you have to say. This, my friends, is what we call stage presence.
The thing with stage presence is that a lot of people think that a person is either born with it or not—if it doesn’t come intricately, then your dreams of being a public speaker is as good as doomed. But this is certainly not true. You see, stage presence is a skill. Meaning, like communication skills, it can be learned and improved through time and practice. So don’t fret just yet! We have here some expert tips and tricks to get you started in strengthening your stage presence.
1. Dress Up Like an Award-Winning Public Speaker
Sure, your audience are there to listen to your speech. But let’s still acknowledge the fact that human beings are visual creatures—our minds are driven by attractive images. So why not leverage on this? Build a good first impression as soon as you get up on that stage by looking dressed up, well-groomed, and all polished. How you look is a great way to boost your morale!
2. Good Posture Makes a Big Difference
A good posture can do great wonders to how your audience will perceive you, so make sure that when you get to the stage, you stand there upright and firm. You don’t have to be tall to have a good posture. A strong connection to the ground can already show confidence, exude power, and demand presence.
Practice this: Stand in front of the mirror, with both feet on equal weight.
3. Work on Your Pacing
It’s okay to breathe. Slowing down is fine.
We tend to speak fast either when we are nervous or when we are too familiar with what we are saying. Whatever the reason for this, there’s one thing we are sure of—talking too quickly reduces the impact of our message. One of the most powerful ways you can do to communicate with your audience effectively is to use proper pacing. This gives your audience enough time to follow you and an ample space to process the information you are giving them.
4. Leverage on the Power of Eye Contact
Talk to your audience like you are speaking to them at a personal level. And what do you do during a 1-on-1 conversation? You look to the person straight to their eyes. This is a good way to build rapport and connect with your audience.
Hold each pair of eyes for about 4 seconds before you gracefully shift your look to another one. You’ll be surprised with all the nods you’ll come across when you use this strategy.
5. Be Confident
Last but not the least, be confident. There’s nothing more alluring and convincing than a speaker who appears to truly know what he’s saying. You speak well and you’ve studied your presentation over and over again, so what else is there that hinders you from not being truly confident? None. There is none.
However, there is a fine line between being confident and sounding like an arrogant person. So be mindful of your choice of words and the tone that you are using. The last thing you want is to be regarded as an annoying know-it-all.
You see, developing a strong stage presence is not that difficult! It’s all about the way you dress up, your posture, a couple of strong gestures, and the way you present yourself. Anyone, regardless whether you are born with a natural charm or not, can develop a strong stage presence as long as you set aside some time and effort to learn and practice. Once you get everything right, then you will be ready to own that stage like it’s truly built for you, and only you!
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