Why You Should Get Time on Stage Before You Speak

I know this sounds petty and simple but most speakers don’t really bother taking some time on the stage they’ll be speaking at before their actual presentation or speech when they really should. Here are six important reasons why:

  1. Lighting for you: Knowing where the light will hit will help you orient yourself where you should look and not look when on stage. If the lighting seems too bright for you, then you can ask the technician to lower it a bit when it’s your time to speak.
  2. Lighting for the audience: For stage actors, they usually find comfort at the fact that they seldom see the faces of their audience because of the blinding lights that are focused on them on stage. For speakers, this may not be the case. Some speakers want to see visual feedback from their audience while others prefer to not see the audience too much. To be sure how the audience will be lighted, ask the technician and test how brightly lit the audience will be to help you know what to expect and help you decide what else you can do to remain confident during your talk.
  3.  On your mark: Some speakers like moving around the stage when they talk. Can the stage accommodate your movement or would it be better to just stay at the center the whole time? Will there be cameras to record your presentation? Where will they be stationed? These are some of the things you should know to help you present better.
  4. Entry and exit: Knowing where you’ll enter and exit after you are introduced and after your speech will help boost your confidence and make the flow of the whole presentation run smoother.
  5. Monitors: Always test the monitors, teleprompters  and other speaking aids and know where they will be stationed so you can estimate if your notes will be readable.
  6. Intimidation factors: Some speakers like to speak in a grand ballroom while others prefer a more intimate setting. Know the things that could intimidate you so you can be better prepared to face them.

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Stage coaching checklist: 6 reasons you should get time on stage before you speak