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Public Speaking Course:

On Stage Tips

You will learn during your public speaking course how to say one thing while your juggling numerous other thoughts during your presentation. You need to always be aware of  how you are delivering your material. You must connect with your audience to convey the message, and paint the picture in their minds with your words or even just your actions, with broad brush strokes, or with fine highlights, and subtle motions, to touch their heart, their mind, and their emotions.

Here are some tips for when your on stage from my public speaking course.

-- The larger the crowd, the larger and slower the gestures.

-- If you have a small crowd, or if you are videoconferencing, or on television, use smaller gestures.

-- Work to eliminate distracting or nervous gestures, but do not kill yourself to add new ones. They will take care of themselves and most of the time they look affected.

-- Hold your hands behind your back during question-and-answer sessions (don't overdo it).

-- Let your words trigger your actions. If you are counting, hold out your fingers.

-- Avoid excessive clenched fists, pointing, hands in pockets, or hands on hips,

-- Avoid the infamous fig leaf position where your hands are crossed in front of your groin. (Will your audience silently groan? And while God will forgive you, will He still kick the pair of you, you and your partner, out of paradise? )

-- Hold your hands open and wide apart to show sincerity and honesty.

-- If you say no, side to side shake your head no. Or if yes, then nod your head up and down.

I know a speaker who sat behind a controversial presidential nominee for the cabinet during a Senate confirmation hearing. Dressed as a Founding Father with a tri-corn hat, he smiled and shook his head "Yes" when a good question was asked by a Senator, but frowned and shook his head "No" when a Senator asked a bad question.

Very intentionally he sat in view of all the Senators, and in the field of view of the television cameras where hundreds of thousands, or even millions were watching in the audience. The "Founding Father" never spoke a word, but he "spoke" volumes. Head movements can communicate a lot more than words. The Senators approved the nominee.

While awaiting ratification of the Constitution for the United States of America, George Washington said:
"A greater drama is being acted on the American Stage than heretofore has ever been acted in the world."

So when you are "on stage", my tip is to make your public speaking performance a "greater drama" to move your audience to joy or action.

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