Friday, August 03, 2007

Public Speaking : Stand Still

Now, I know that during your public speaking presentation, you’re going to have lots of energy and want to move around. This may seem like a great way to get rid of possible anxiety that has been building before the event. Trust me, it’s not. The only thing moving around stage will do is distract your audience.

The only time you should really move around during a public speaking engagement is to add emphasis to your content, such as a punch line. The most you should move around stage, as I’ve mentioned before, is about three steps. Otherwise try to keep this to a minimum.

A great way to practice movement for a public speaking event is to videotape yourself. When you do this, keep your arm and leg movements to as much of a minimum as possible. This will teach you to use your face to convey more emotions. Once you master this, you can add small movements but nothing much.

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