You don't need a stage to need stage presence

Speak Schmeak

We tend to talk about stage presence as the way we command a room when we're on a stage or in front of an audience. Stage presence combines charisma, confidence and the ability to captivate your audience. But it's not just for the stage.

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Communication Strategies: Listening Stages

The Communication Blog

Listening is actually a complex of processes and skills and so it’s convenient to divide the listening process into stages or steps. This is a five-stage model and seems to get at most, if not all, of the essential listening processes and, more important, enables us to identify the relevant skills at each stage. Here five stages are identified: Receiving, understanding, remembering, evaluating, and responding. Listening at the Receiving Stage.

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The first five stages of speaker development

Speaking about Presenting

I don’t remember where I heard this story – it might not even be true – but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. There are stages of development that most of us seem to go through. Stage 2: I can talk.

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The first five stages of speaker development

Speaking about Presenting

I don’t remember where I heard this story – it might not even be true – but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. There are stages of development that most of us seem to go through. Stage 2: I can talk.

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How Jason Alexander overcame his stage fright

Speaking about Presenting

This is a quote from Jason Alexander, most well-known for his role as George Costanza in Seinfeld, from a book called Stage Fright: 40 Stars Tell You How They Beat America’s #1 Fear. I realized that I was one small element on the stage, working with my colleagues to tell our audience a story.

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Coping with Presentation Anxiety & "Stage Fright"

Presentation Zen

Earlier this month, Hollywood director Michael Bay walked on stage at CES in Las Vegas to say a few words about his work and to praise the new 105-inch curved TV by Samsung. My talk was completely derailed and I became so nervous that I seriously considered just walking off stage.

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4 Incredibly Simple Stage Presence Exercises

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Have you ever seen a speaker who just seems to command the stage? Their very being demands attention, and oozes charisma, confidence and credibility. A few years ago I interviewed a selection of very talented and diverse speakers chosen because of their ability to demonstrate stage presence. I was curious to discover if they used any specific stage presence exercises to help them create this magnetic effect that instantly grabbed their audience’s attention.

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Get out of the cage and own the stage!

Speak Schmeak

Half of the speakers seemed to have better projection, better stage presence and an overall more engaging presentation, while the other half of the presentations seemed less effective. You can learn how to own the room and fill the stage. Get out of the cage and own the stage!

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American Idol: The Impact of Stage Presence

DeFinis Communications

So even though Lee was good, he was missing one key performance element, namely stage presence. If this contest had been based solely on stage presence, musical artistry, and pure vocal talent, she would have taken home the title. So while I’m disappointed with the results, I do see a great opportunity to explore one of the most fundamental of all presentation skills—stage presence. What is Stage Presence? Stage presence is equally part of the whole performance.

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Interviewing Prospects: Why you might have them sign NDA, even at that stage

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One financial-information startup in Manhattan handles this possibility by having prospects sign a bulletproof NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) right in the lobby, before they even enter the operations part of the company. 

Evening News as Theatre - ABC Puts on Best Show

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tonight, the staging of ABC News with David Muir outdid itself. Usually, the theatrics, pulled together by Muir's dramatic presentation of news segments, are addictive. No surprise ABC News is #1 in that category.

Even the pros get nervous

Speak Schmeak

In an interview on Conan O'Brien, where Chris Farley has taken the stage in the character of Matt Foley, the "motivational speaker" from Saturday Night Live, the following exchange takes place. It's always surprising to realize that even veteran performers get nervous. Even performers who love working a crowd and who love the spotlight still have their anxieties.

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Tips From the Acting Stage, Episode #3

Professionally Speaking...

If you've ever attended live theatre, you know how riveting the experience can be, to the point where you feel you are right in the middle of the action on stage, aligned with the characters, experiencing their emotions. And if you could figure it out, wouldn't you want to duplicate that engagement the next time you're on the business stage? There are three key lessons we can adapt from the acting stage. What other techniques can we learn and apply from the acting stage?

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Are you on stage for you or for them?

Speak Schmeak

On one of the current performance competition shows (I don't even know what it's called.), judge Sharon Osbourne asked a group of contestants: "What do you want to get from this show?" The young leader of the group answered, "To perform in places like this.

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Steve Jobs, One of Today’s Great Presenters, Steps Down from the Main Stage

DeFinis Communications

As sad as having him step down from his role at Apple is, the thought that he will no longer be giving his exciting keynote presentations is even sadder. I’ve heard that he works hard to prepare and even harder to rehearse so that every moment is well coordinated.

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Are you on stage for you or for them?

Speak Schmeak

On one of the current performance competition shows (I don't even know what it's called.), judge Sharon Osbourne asked a group of contestants: "What do you want to get from this show?" The young leader of the group answered, "To perform in places like this.

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Get out of the cage and own the stage!

Speak Schmeak

Half of the speakers seemed to have better projection, better stage presence and an overall more engaging presentation, while the other half of the presentations seemed less effective. You can learn how to own the room and fill the stage. Get out of the cage and own the stage!

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Face Time - Still Gives the Edge, Even in Digital Era

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 By this stage of my career, I didn't have to put up with that. Even in consulting, though, face time still counts. Face time always mattered a lot. In a digital era, that hasn't changed, at least not very much.

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Toastmasters Friday: The Big Stage

Speak and Deliver

He still has to get past the Bulls, and likely the Dallas Mavericks, on the NBA's Big Stage - The Finals - in order to fulfill his youthful ordainment as King James, but many say this is the year. Is it finally LeBron's time?

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Stage Time - Nothing Beats It

Speaking Of...

No matter what type of speaker you are, having more Stage Time (also know as speaking time) helps you become even better at what you do. Here are examples of a few ways I've gotten Stage Time so far this year. *at That's where speaking, even a five minute presentation, can help you sell more goods and services. In other words, develop your own opportunities to increase your Stage Time. Tags: Stage Time speaking

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Arrogance vs. Confidence - What Are You Showing From the Stage?

Speak and Deliver

There is often a fine line between arrogance and confidence, a line that can be easily crossed without intent, and even without knowledge. 36 Ways to Be Arrogant on Stage 1. Physically pacing the stage without purpose - LaMont D.

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Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

Actress Viola Davis blew the room away in her main stage keynote on the topic of “owning your story.” Davis’s big idea was that owning your story, even if, or perhaps especially if, your story is hard to own, leads to achievement, confidence, and happiness.

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3 Keys to a Powerful Opening — Even If You “Put Audiences to Sleep”

Succeed Speaking

It was funny — and safe (your opener is no time for risky jokes) — and it played right into what the audience is likely thinking when a physician/academic takes the stage: “Oh, this guy’s gonna be boring.&#

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“You’ve Got to Get Naked on Stage”

Manner of Speaking

It also offers an incredibly important lesson that is as relevant for public speakers as it is for musicians: Your most powerful moments on stage will come when you are willing to be vulnerable. They could be subtle or grand, but my recollection of those evenings are split in to specific moments. ——— We watch people on a stage. When you allow yourselves to be vulnerable on stage, magic moments can occur.

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“You’ve got to get naked on stage”

Manner of Speaking

It also offers an incredibly important lesson that is as relevant for public speakers as it is for musicians: Your most powerful moments on stage will come when you are willing to be vulnerable. They could be subtle or grand, but my recollection of those evenings are split in to specific moments. ——— We watch people on a stage. When you allow yourselves to be vulnerable on stage, magic moments can occur.

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Instant Stage Presence – Pause and Connect

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Have you ever seen a speaker who just seems to own the stage? A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview a very talented and diverse group of speakers all of who had plenty of stage presence. After analysing the transcripts of my interviews it became clear that they did something similar when they appeared on stage. They have a presence that demands attention and oozes charisma, confidence and credibility. Want to know how that could be you? The read on.

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Even famous speakers are made, not born: 4 examples

The Eloquent Woman

They started out as reluctant or over-enthusiastic speakers, had trouble getting a word out or even more difficulty reining themselves in--or remembering what they really wanted to say. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. President Bill Clinton.

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9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

Just because you're not a pro, it doesn't mean potential organizers are going to let you get away with bad practices, and you will not be invited back -- if you are even invited in the first place. Get out of the cage and own the stage !

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9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

Just because you're not a pro, it doesn't mean potential organizers are going to let you get away with bad practices, and you will not be invited back -- if you are even invited in the first place. Get out of the cage and own the stage !

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“You’ve Got to Get Naked on Stage”

Manner of Speaking

It also offers an incredibly important lesson that is as relevant for public speakers as it is for musicians: Your most powerful moments on stage will come when you are willing to be vulnerable. They could be subtle or grand, but my recollection of those evenings are split in to specific moments. ——— We watch people on a stage. When you allow yourselves to be vulnerable on stage, magic moments can occur.

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Returning to the stage, part 2: Speaking to dudes about love

The Eloquent Woman

There are some women who have been horribly harassed, far far worse than I was, and yet they come back, sometimes they even give talks about it as with Caroline Criado-Perez or Anita Sarkeesian. Well they needed to get on stage and speak again, it was their job, a bigger part of their life.

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Fear Busters – 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! « The Shy.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

NTU PPT TRAINING FILES The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage Tips & Strategies to Help You Speak Effectively to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Stay updated via RSS Get Gary Now!: Fear Busters - 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! Tired of standing on stage, gripped by fear and paralysed by nervousness? The following are 10 tips to help you overcome stage fright. Get out on the stage and seek to have fun! Stage fright?)

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Are You Making the Most of Your Stage Time?

Speaking Of...

If stories are the language of speakers, then Stage Time is the way stories are shared. I encourage anyone who speaks in public and wants to speak more, to PURSUE opportunities for Stage Time. My next formal Stage Time will be hosting an out of town meeting for speakers, and presenting a mini program. Those events, and the even less formal 'let's catch up or meet in person' conversations, are other ways to take the stage and connect.

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Donald Trump - In shift to more buttoned-down, he's even getting a speechwriter

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  If Trump carries off this next stage of his campaign as well as the introductory phase he could crush Hillary Clinton.  No surprise, ever-shrewd Donald Trump is shifting his campaign tone and content to more buttoned-down. That's what The Wall Street Journal reports. 

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The Biggest Lesson You'll Ever Learn About Stage Fright to Become.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

NTU PPT TRAINING FILES The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage Tips & Strategies to Help You Speak Effectively to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Stay updated via RSS Get Gary Now!: Fear Busters - 10 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright! Home About Gary Testimonials FREE MATERIALS!

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The Comeback: Can Publishing a Book (like Ellen Pao) Jump-Start the Process, Even in Digital Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The stage setting was Silicon Valley. Ellen Pao had lost the high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit against her former employer venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.   The trial-"Pao v.Kleiner"-was high profile. Lousy place to crash. 

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Hillary Clinton - Like subject heads in email, she needs to become provocative, even shocking

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At least at this stage of Campaign 2016. The New York Times captures the Democratic party's anxiety about how boring the Clinton campaign is. That is, compared to the reality show Donald Trump orchestrates daily.

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Are You Flat Lining on Stage? Express Yourself!

Speak and Deliver

Second, it feels silly to emote on stage. Most of you naturally tell stories to one or two people with more expression and vigor than ever makes it onto the stage. It is the stage, though, where you need it the most, where you must amplify it and demonstrate it to reach the audience.

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Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

Actress Viola Davis blew the room away in her main stage keynote on the topic of “owning your story.” Davis’s big idea was that owning your story, even if, or perhaps especially if, your story is hard to own, leads to achievement, confidence, and happiness. Even if just for those ten minutes, we would have had a connection.”. A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose.

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Pushing yourself on stage: Ignite!

The Eloquent Woman

Sponsors help the group provide a cash bar and food, and there's ample time to network and mingle built into the evening's program. I spent the evening talking to several speakers, particularly the women on the program, and found that several of the women speakers said they signed up as a way of pushing themselves to speak in public. Last night, I checked out Ignite! Baltimore, one of the public speaking or storytelling events that are cropping up around the U.S.

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