“Learning the game of power requires a certain way of
looking at the world, a shifting of perspective.”
Your posture is an important part of any presentation. Your objective is to be comfortable and show authority. You are the leader throughout your speech. You want your audience to see you relaxed and comfortable. This puts them at ease as well.
If you tend to sway or rock while speaking, spread your feet out nearly in line with your shoulders, parallel to each other. Flex your knees and you can put your weight on the balls of your feet to allow you to move with energy if your speech or presentation required it.
Also, standing in this position will stop any swaying or rocking motion and reduce distracting heel movements. You can move around and return to this position, just don’t pace.
You Are Sending Messages Just By Standing There.
- Leaning to one side – You don’t really want to be there, you are trying to slip away
- Pacing across the speaking area – Without purpose and with no relation to the speech – You can’t wait to get out. You are wasting your time there.
- Rocking back and forth – Loss of power, you are needing comfort.
- Turning your back on the audience whilst you speak (Could be whilst writing something on the board or pointing to an object) – You don’t give a damn about the audience, your notes are more important.
What Does All This Mean?
Shift your perspective. Be the leader.
When you are a public speaker the audience looks to you to lead, to be the expert in your chosen field and to take the floor with authority.
Your posture, the way you dress, the way your body moves and your stance instantly conveys a message to your audience, even before you speak.
Because as a speaker you never get a second chance to make a first impression, always make that first impression a powerful one.
Then follow through with sincerity and integrity and your body language will convey the same message.