Basic Rules of Stage Movement

So you’re up there on stage making your speech or presentation. What kinds of movement should you do to maximize your impact and ensure engagement of the audience?

Here are five basic rules I got from Speak and Deliver that any presenter or speaker should know particularly if you’re the type who likes to move around the stage.

1. Moving forward – this is a strong, and quite intimidating move. When you move forward, you show importance or strength of character which can make some of your audience feel insecure especially if you’re speaking in a small venue. So stay away from moving too close to the audience.

2. Moving backward – on the other hand, moving backward can show weakness. It’s better to move forward a little but never backward, especially when you’re trying t make a point. You can only do so if it’s part of your “theatrical” presentation like when you’re saying “I was blown away by the wind…” or something like that.

3. Right to Left is their Left to Right – always be aware that when you move sideways, do it with your audience’s point of view in mind.

4. Anchoring characters – For every character you talk about, find a particular spot on stage and describe the character there. Don’t talk about different characters on the same spot as it subconsciously diminishes the power of those characters in the mind of your audience.

These are just four basic rules of stage movement which any speaker and presenter can use to leave a better impact to their audience. For more info, please head to:  Speak and Deliver

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