Ever heard of the saying “When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practical man relies on the language of the first.” ? Does the term “body language” ring a bell?
How often have you seen speakers walk up to A podium, put down notes, take a sip of water, mumble SOMETHING, take a breath and start talking?
Most speakers don’t fully realize that the speech begins the moment they walk on stage or take the mic! The way you walk to the podium gives the audience an early clue about how your speech is going to go! Make the most of it. Walk the walk then deliver your talk.
Walk on relaxed, or excited, your call. Look out to the audience. Make eye contact. Smile! If it seems appropriate, give them a little wave or nod. Let them know you know they are there. And, it’s good to practice your walk on when you practice your talk.
This is a simple tip, but it makes all the difference because it sets the right tone for your speech, and that impacts everything that you are going to say.
This video shares the story of how I learned that lesson back in the day!