Walking on stage in front of hundreds of people and delivering an engaging speech is a skill that takes years to perfect. Having industry knowledge and a glossy PowerPoint presentation isn’t always going to have the impact needed. Having to perform under pressure whilst presenting isn’t an easy task, so we’ve pointed out a few ways you could improve your presentation skills.
Trying to move naturally on the stage in a tense environment is a difficult task, especially when you are overthinking every single movement. A lot of industry professionals fall into two types of categories. Either the ‘Block of Wood’ or ‘Caged Tiger’ type of movement. Despite their coherent differences, they both emphasise a speaker’s lack of confidence and anxiousness. A ‘wood-like’ character would be highlighted through a motionless performance and an unchanging stance, where he or she delivers the occasional hand movement and awkward eye contact. Avoiding lifeless and un-engaging speech is important, especially when trying to sell a product or a business idea. Confidence is key when it comes to presenting and underlining your confidence. Natural movements and positive audience interaction will help build the connection between the speaker and the congregation.
The ‘Caged Tiger’ metaphor describes itself. Restlessly moving around a stage underlines anxiety and nerves within a speaker and it doesn’t give the audience a chance to focus on you or the point you’re trying to get across. Erratic movement can be a side effect of high pressured situations, but finding the balance between frequent movement and no movement at all, will help you deliver a much more composed speech.
Moving with purpose is what all speakers should aim to do. Using your movement to reinforce, will positively affect your performance. Here are a few tips that can help build a narrative that can help build audience interaction.
- Demonstrating a timeline and expressing a series of events. For example, how the businesses were built will help show a clear path of where you were to where you are now. This can be done metaphorically, showing the progression of your business by talking about your businesses establishment on the left of the stage. Then moving to the centre to talk about the present and finally moving to the right to talk about the future. This helps build your company story narrative. Anecdotes and selective movement will help enhance the idea of your business advancing forward.
- Reiterating your objective and the idea behind your speech is impediment to it leaving a lasting impression. Increasing the proximity between you and the audience when repeating your main point can help increase attention for that precise moment, in-turn making it more memorable for the audience.
- Preparing your speech and separating different points into different areas is important when trying to deliver a precise and collective presentation. Having individual points that are reflected through movement to a different area on the stage, can help audiences identify new sections of your speech. This can also remind you about moving around the stage and not sticking to a static position.
Ultimately, speeches will improve through experience and even though Lecterns are an important part of a speech, they are not the only factor to consider when preparing for the talk. Luminati have a wide selection of lecterns available and we also create bespoke designs including Logo’s and illumination that can help you really stand out. Our Lecterns have even made it onto the BBC show The Apprentice! If you’d like some more information on Lecterns to click here: Lecterns
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