Public Speaking Training:
On Stage Tips
When you are presenting on stage you are saying one thing while your mind is
handling numerous other things. My public speaking course shows you how to
connect with your audience, convey your message and be aware of how you
are delivering your material.
On Stage Tips from my public speaking training.
- Hold your hands behind your back during question-and-answer sessions
(don't overdo it).
- Avoid the infamous fig leaf position where your hands are crossed in front
of your groin.
- Hold your hands open and wide apart to show sincerity and honesty.
- If you say no, side to side shake your head no. Say yes and nod your head
up and down.
- The larger the audience, the larger and slower the gestures should be.
- If you have a smaller crowd, or are videoconferencing, or on television,
use smaller gestures.
- Practice eliminating distracting or nervous gestures.
- Let your words trigger your actions. If you are counting, hold out
- Avoid clenching your fists excessively, pointing, hands in pockets,
or hands on hips.
I know of a man who once sat behind a presidential nominee for the cabinet during
a Senate confirmation hearing. He dressed himself as a Founding Father
with a tri-corn hat and everything. He smiled and shook his head "Yes"
when a good question was asked by a Senator, but frowned and shook his head
"No" when a Senator asked a bad question.
He sat intentionally in view of all the Senators as well as the TV news
cameras where hundreds of thousands, or even millions were in the audience. The
"Founding Father" never spoke a word, but he "spoke"
volumes. Head movements can communicate volumes. The Senators approved the
While awaiting ratification of the Constitution for the United States of
America, George Washington said:
"A greater drama is being acted on the American Stage than heretofore has
ever been acted in the world."
So when you are "on stage", remember everything you were taught in
your public speaking training.