A public speaking client with whom I’ve been working for three months proudly told me today that she’s finally emerged from behind the lectern.
It took a lot of work but that’s good news for her and good for her audiences.
You’d never expect a stand up comic to stand behind a lectern – that would kill the energy from the get-go.
There’s no doubt – there is a huge correlation between great public speakers and movement. Generally more movement = better presentations.
Moving while you present conveys confidence (whether you feel it or not) and engages audiences.
Moving as you speak – for all or some of your presentation – ups the energy and professionalism.
You needn’t be in constant motion. In stead of moving, consider relocating.
You might walk and talk for the Q&A session.
You may move closer to the audience to recall a story or make a reflection – that’s a nice way to add emphasis to a particular chapter of your presentation.
Also – never deny any natural inclination to gesticulate. In fact – I recommend exaggerating your hand and arm movement.
If you are not a free range speaker you need to:
A: familiarise yourself with you material to lessen your dependence on notes.
B: find moments that you can move – the intro, the Q&A, the story you tell etc.
C: find some courage and give it a go.