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7 Ways to be More Dazzling on Stage

By Narges Nirumvala on Nov 09 2011 • Filed under The Power Communicator

7 Ways to be More Dazzling on Stage (Photo)

Boring people is easy. Dazzling people is difficult. Whether you’re giving a keynote or pitching angel investors, you need to be amazing if you’re going to succeed. Good just doesn’t cut it anymore. Why? Because there’s too much competition out there. Here are seven ways dazzle your audience:

1. Write killer content.

Great speeches begin with great writing. This always surprises my clients. The last thing people think of when you talk about public speaking or presentation skills is good writing. But at the soul of both speaking and writing is the ability to communicate your thoughts and emotions with clarity and power. That’s at the heart of what I help my clients do. With these tips you will be better able to do that yourself.

2. Make eye contact.

Let’s assume you’re speaking to a small to medium sized group; then it’s essential to make eye contact and connect with your audience. Don’t think of them as potential clients or investors first, but as people just like you.

3. Dress to stand out.

About 8 times out of 10, I see people on stage wear the standard boring black suit. Why would you do that when there are so many beautiful colours in the Universe?

4. Act out.

Don’t just tell me, show me. Use your entire body to describe what you’re trying to say. I spend hours working on body language with my clients. It’s a huge part of any speakers’ repertoire and something that people often under utilize.

5. Use your voice.

A flat monotone voice is so dull. Imagine that your voice is a landscape – you want mountains and valleys. That way you’ll make your audience’s journey more interesting.

6. Respond to your audience.

It’s important that throughout your presentation or keynote you take cues from your audience. This takes attention and experience, but start with the basics. How do they look? Interested and engaged or bored? Are they asking questions? Be flexible and respond to their needs.

7. End BIG.

You want to end with something that will be both powerful and memorable. An emotionally charged personal story or a bold call to action. Something to remember!

We’ve gone through seven ways to make a more commanding impression the next time you have a sales presentation to give or are delivering a keynote. The key is to take one idea and implement it each time you take the stage (or the front of the boardroom). You can become a much more powerful speaker, with a lot of hard work and a little help from me.


1 Comment

  1. These are great tips. I appreciate that Narges has put writing great content as no 1. In my experience, great content together with knowing one’s content really well, helps build confidence and allows speakers to stretch their comfort zone when it comes to point 4 and 5 – acting out and using one’s voice. I’ve found that it’s so important to find your own style… not everyone “acts out” the same way or is comfortable using props for example. That’s where working with a coach like Narges Nirumvala can make the difference between being an ok speaker and becoming a great speaker. There’s nothing like feedback from an expert 🙂

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