“He has stage presence!”
“She has everyone’s attention!"
“You’ll want to listen to what they have to say!"
If you’ve ever heard someone say something like the statements above, you know a good speech/talk/workship/sermon when you hear it. Great speakers are worth their weight in gold.
But I’ve been wondering, what do the best ones do just before they go on stage and hit the “on” button? How do they dial in to their inner strength and truly inspire a crowd?
Top speakers understand two things:
- Their platform is a gift. Their job is to use it for good.
- Their message is bigger than their microphone. Hopefully, the point you towards big things.
Back to our message for today- the best speakers use any of the following tips for getting focused as they go up on stage:
- They smile. Smiling makes you happy and it stretches your face.
- They take a huge breath.
- They take a long, appreciative look at the audience.
- They script the first few things they are going to say.
- They take a big swig of water.
- They review their notes.
- They say a prayer for God to speak through them
Here’s a newsflash: each of us has a stage on which to perform. Some are literally behind a microphone giving a talk but most are just showing up to work to do their best. Me, you, stay at home moms, acccountants, carpenters, priests.
Wherever your stage appears, always be ready for the moment.