It’s often the ‘little’ things we fail to pay mind to, wouldn’t you agree? I mean, who would think that something as simple as your posture and positioning could make or break your killer presentation? I mean, what on earth does where or how you stand have to do with this great piece you spent the last 4 weeks preparing for? Surely the knowledge you share and expertise is enough to win the crowd over, right?
Well no, not exactly.
You can have the best content but what’s equally important is how this content is delivered. Your presentation is only impactful when it’s, well, executed properly? And yes, something as ‘little’ as your stance is a major player!
I’ve spent years coaching professional speakers and you’ll start to see common ‘rookie’ mistakes. The usual hands in the pockets; hips too far apart; standing in that all too familiar ‘cowboy’ stance. Like many of the speakers I mentor, what people fail to realise is these minor mistakes in your posture takes away your presence and authority. In fact, non-verbally has you biochemically screaming to your viewers — ‘hey there, look at my package!’ without having to utter those words at all. And that’s just the men!
Women equally adopt a stance that stops their authority from seeping through and has them appearing ‘shifty’ whilst also extenuating their ‘package’.
That’s just one set of bad presentation habits you need to leave behind in 2017 but you’re probably asking yourself, “what on earth should I be doing instead then Andy?” Don’t worry, we’re about to get to the juicy part.
To break things down for you a little bit, I’ll start with how you should be standing.
First things first, get your feet straight! It all starts with your feet.
They need to be hip-width apart, facing forward with your weight evenly distributed between them. When you get this part sorted, everything else naturally falls into place.
Now remember, when standing your legs have got to have a little give — , otherwise your knees automatically extend backwards, and that is exactly what you don’t want! So, relax and have a little give in your knees.
Now to the way your overall posture; to put it simply, it should look as if you’re trying to stand as tall as you can with your head and shoulders level.
Now as you get this posture sorted, where you position yourself on stage makes a huge difference to the impact you have on your audience.
So where exactly on the stage you should be standing.
You’ll recognise a rookie speaker when you see them take a step back and present from the back of the stage. Stand in your Power Spot! Centre stage with your toes almost positioned off the front of the stage. Now I know what you’re thinking… is it really that simple? The main idea is to use your positioning to own the stage and anchor your audience into a different state of mind! It’s from this Power Spot that you’ll have the most impact; its where you’ll deliver your best lines from.
Now there’s a whole lot more when it comes to anchoring the stage from where you present your stories from, where the past and future is to creating holograms! All that for another time…get this right and you’ll be on your way to making a shift in your presentation for sure.
As with any craft, practice makes perfect so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right the first few times. Just keep applying these techniques when presenting and you’ll be on your way to becoming a master presenter before you know it, and don’t worry about not having a huge stage to play around with, your living room is a great start to get things rolling.
As always, feel free to connect with me on social media to let me know how your stance completely transformed your presentation.
Through speaking, I have been able to design a lifestyle and an income that would have seemed impossible when I worked for Churchill Insurance all those years ago. I now teach people all over the world what I’ve learnt from 15 years of speaking professionally.