To be a masterful speaker, you’ll need to find the balance between commanding a room and connecting with the individuals in that room.
Some speakers are naturally in charge—but they seem to be missing an element of warmth or friendliness or congeniality. We believe they know what they’re talking about, but we’re not sure we like them. That can be deadly in business.
Others are extremely likeable—but we don’t hear their expertise, confidence or authority. An audience may wonder how seriously to take them. That too can be deadly in business.
So you’ll want your presentation to be a dance between command and connection; fluid as opposed to rigid.
If your natural communication style is more affable, approachable, easygoing…commanding the room can be a challenge.
This quick video shows you how to meet the challenge.
Catherine – Good helpful tip especially for video. Please help me stop speakers from wandering and pacing around the stage because they think it makes them look “free”. I would like to see you extend this concept and speak about “moving with purpose.” Thanks, Reno
Reno, if you’d been at On the Page and On the Stage with Kelly Epperson and me, you would have seen me extend this concept! I encourage my clients to use movement, to move with purpose and on purpose. And we practice. These skills are physical; hearing me say it doesn’t really do the trick. We need to do it to embody the learning.
You’re right – a lot of the skills that make us more magnetic in front of a live audience are also useful for video.
I agree, video is a great tool. When a speaker is on video, thier message is consistent and on target. Graphics can help make the message stick. Catherine, your right on the mark.
Thanks, Geoff! I like being on the mark.