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Do your homework and scope out the stage in advance. Now as you are introduced, stride with an even gait to the stage or speaking area. Once there move with confidence to the middle. As you become comfortable, move to the left side of the stage, not too fast, but clearly engaging that side of the room. Now, move all the way to the right portion of the stage. As you feel comfortable, you should now gradually move back to the middle. At each phase you will engage the shoulder width stance (or hero pose) and repeat as necessary.
As you convey verbally what you are going to share, clasp your hands as though you’re getting ready to pray and point at the same time to convey agreement and humility. It creates a tacit agreement between you and the audience concerning what you are agreeing to deliver.
Mentioned earlier under “position”, engage the hero pose at each phase of your positioning on stage and while conveying your key points. This affirms your credibility and demonstrates a firm grasp on timing which keeps the audience engaged and interested.
Do not underestimate this technique. The “pregnant pause” conveys intent, power and importance. I use the term “pregnant” because the audience knows something is coming after the pause and eagerly anticipate what you will deliver. Use it wisely and not too often, in fact you should only use it 1-3 times during a speech depending on the length.
Point of Clarity Quote:
“Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.”