Michelle Obama: Public Speaking Poise

 

To understand the phrase “own the room,” you don’t need to look any further than Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The First Lady gave a stunning display of being fully and calmly in charge of herself, her words, and all that she surveyed as she knocked her opening night presentation over the fence.

Obviously, it takes a lifetime of preparation to hold your ground—and be yourself!—in the glare of a national spotlight. But here are the things that you can do to ensure that, when you present, you’ll be cool, calm, and collected in your own inimitable way.

What NOT Do Just Before You Give a Speech

First, let’s start with what you shouldn’t do:

Even if every cell in your body is screaming at you to hurl yourself at the podium and start talking the second you get there, don’t!

Doing this will put you off-balance, like a sprinter who starts off on the wrong foot.

Sure you can recover. But it’s better (as the old adage has it) to begin as you mean to go on.

How Good Public Speakers Own the Room

Okay, here’s what to do:

- Walk onstage in a relaxed and confident way;

- Put your notes down on the podium (if there is one, and if you have notes);

- Stand solidly, with your feet apart and your knees slightly bent;

- Look at the audience—yes, really look at them! See? They look pretty friendly, don’t they?;

- Take a slow breath and let it out;

- Remind yourself that you’ve worked hard on this speech, and have practiced and prepared to succeed;

- Wait until you feel calm, confident, and powerful.

Now you’re ready to begin speaking!

 

Watch Michelle Obama's DNC Speech 2012
 

Re-published with written permission from Jezra Kaye, President, Speak Up for Success.The original article is available here.
Copyright © 2015 Jezra Kaye | Photo Ben Strothmann 

 

 

 

 

Re-published with permission from Charlie Hawkins.

Charles draws from over 30 years of experience in corporations, small business, teaching and consulting to help organizations and people communicate more effectively. Charlie conducts workshops on effective meetings and presentations, and is in demand as a retreat facilitator and consultant. He is the author of “Make Meetings Matter” and "Turn on the Idea Machine," available at www.charliehawkins.com.

- See more at: http://publicspeaking.co.ke/post/meeting-ice-breakers-26-ways-to-make-them-more-fun-and-productive#sthash.UBIuI2Fa.dpuf

Re-published with permission from Charlie Hawkins.

Charles draws from over 30 years of experience in corporations, small business, teaching and consulting to help organizations and people communicate more effectively. Charlie conducts workshops on effective meetings and presentations, and is in demand as a retreat facilitator and consultant. He is the author of “Make Meetings Matter” and "Turn on the Idea Machine," available at www.charliehawkins.com.

- See more at: http://publicspeaking.co.ke/post/meeting-ice-breakers-26-ways-to-make-them-more-fun-and-productive#sthash.UBIuI2Fa.dpuf
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