PUBLIC SPEAKING 5 - Using the Stage / Space

 

Proper use of the stage or space can significantly reinforce your message.
Here are some things that I’ve learned and found very useful over the years.

 

If possible see the room before you speak. Familiarise yourself with the layout, organise furniture, check AV systems etc and even rehearse if you can.

 

MICROPHONES, LECTERNS and NOTES (see article 1). If helpful, by all means keep your notes on a lectern BUT stay well away from it when you are actually speaking. They create a barrier to rapport with your audience.
Hand mics inhibit the use of hand gestures so use a lapel mic or headset mic.

 

THE POWER POINT is dead centre at the very front of the stage. Standing here using the Power Stance (see article 1) gives real weight to your delivery.

 

MOVE! It keeps your audience entertained, interested & engaged.
However, move with PURPOSE. If talking about moving from A to B, going forward or perhaps a journey, you can significantly increase the impact of your story or message by walking across the stage during your delivery and also stopping at critical points to emphasise them. Remember though to match your audience’s time lines (see article 4).

 

TIME LINES (see article 4). When talking about moving from A to B, going forward, describing or recounting a journey etc you need to walk from YOUR RIGHT to YOUR LEFT in order to match your audience’s time lines.

 

SITTING down tells your audience that you are now in conversation mode. Sit when answering questions or discussing things. I have found that a barstool is most effective. Place it behind and to the side of the power point.
Deeper connection can be created by sitting on the front edge of the stage.

 

And remember that people generally recall STORIES more than information.

 

HAPPY SPEAKING!