Would you like to grab your business audience’s attention and keep them riveted to your presentations? Do what actors do: take stage! Inhabit the space with a “do or die” purpose and an attitude of complete belonging.
Your physical demeanor speaks volumes about you, and your business audience is sizing you up before you even say a word. Here are three basic strategies, to make your physical demeanor enhance your presence:
- Whether you’re seated or standing, begin speaking with both feet planted firmly on the ground. Imagine that your legs are tree trunks and your feet are roots extending deep into the ground. This initial grounding helps you claim the space as your own and helps give weight to your subsequent movements. It helps you project confidence and authority.
- If you’re standing, stand away from furniture and resist any temptation to lean for support. If someone offers you a podium, politely decline it, if you can. Whenever possible, you want to eliminate any physical barriers that could come between you and your audience. If you must use a podium, stand tall and don’t lean on it!
- Whenever possible, give any handouts you may have after your presentation has ended, not before or during the presentation. When you give people material to read during your talk, you are inviting them to focus on a piece of paper and inviting them to ignore you. Giving your audience material to read also suggests the idea that they could just as effectively have read your content, and that they didn’t need to come hear you live and in person!
When you apply these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to taking stage; you will make your physical demeanor enhance your presence, and you will get buy-in faster.