How should we stand on stage and move while we are speaking?
In this article, we want to talk about how the speaker should stand on stage and in front of the audience. Which positions are right and which ones are wrong? Where should we stand and how should we act?
1- Behind the tribune
Generally, in the public speaking and presentations, the speaker stands on stage and behind the tribune which is in front of the audience. Some speakers put their hands on it, some lean forward and others just stand.
Sometimes there is a flower pot on the tribune. There are some pros and cons for this situation. I think there is only one advantage and it’s that the speaker will be comfortable, but it’s not a reasonable reason.
When you are behind the tribune, your body language is not clear, and you can’t move and walk. The audience is annoyed when they star at somewhere. Staring makes the eyes tired and it’s boring. But how should we move?
2- A few steps
Some speakers move too much. Again, it makes the audience tired. We have to walk a few steps and then stand still. Talk for several minutes and again walk some steps, stand and talk. Another thing is to stand in front. When you step back, the audience feels bad and they think you are running from them. you don’t need to be too close. One or two steps behind the edge of the stage are enough.
Some speakers come down from the stage. It makes the audience more connected to you but it has some problems too. First, the camera can’t film you and second, if the hall has two floors, the audience on the second floor can’t see you. It will be okay in some salons which have steep, but some salons are flat and this way the ones who sit on the last row can’t see you.
So if you come down from the stage, stay for a while not too long.
Some speakers go among people and walk among the chairs. It’s exciting but when I walk among the chairs, the front seats can’t see me so it’ll get tiring after a while. If you do it, you should do it for a while too not too long.