Motion on the stage
Motion on the stage
Some speakers pace back and forth while speaking to an audience, others freeze while speaking. Both opposite actions are many times a result of being nervous.
I mentioned in the introduction the 6 key body-language gestures that we REST when preforming a full 3 stages Yogic inhale. When it comes to movement, the procedure is simple, we don’t inhale while we are moving. We can walk around from point A to point B and talk to people but when we inhale, we are static.
We can score good presence-points If we demonstrate that not only can we talk, we can walk AND talk simultaneously. We command a larger space. It is not always technically possible to walk around, but when it is, we should take the opportunity and demonstrate our ability to synchronize movement to our speech.
Best is if moving around has a purpose. The best reason for moving around, is trying to get physically closer to the person we are talking to. If possible, stand in front of the person, torso in-front of torso, so that the person feels full focus.
Our motion may reduce or offset the effect of rigid body language that we may be dragging.
Our motion also makes the audience less rigid or static. They need to move their head or even body, in order to follow us, so they too become less static.
We should avoid a fixed rout or pattern when moving. A speaker that paces back and forth, like a lion in a cage, projects nervousness.
If we fail to synchronize our body-language and words with our movement, we may lose many presence-points.
Here is an interesting story. I was looking at this video of a woman talking about nutrition. She was so good, very clear in her speech, well-coordinated and pleasant to watch. Suddenly out of the blue she started moving back and forth on this red dot-shaped mat that she was standing on. The moment she started moving around, her presence-score, in my eyes, went from close to 9 (out of 10) down to 6, crashed. She probably knew it is a good thing to walk and talk but she was not aware that she was missing the clocks to synchronize her movements.
So, when we inhale, we are static.