How to be confident on the stage?
Most interesting and amazing feeling is to be on stage. It defines our personality and way we speak to impress the audience. The way it feels like, you are centered in the environment, with more than 20 to 2000 crowd with an amazing outfit that is our confidant, to entertain or convey the information to the audience. Wearing a formal with elegance body language, we always wanted to attract the audience with our blissful smile. Mostly, we get entertained as an audience, when we see biggie personalities centered in front of us conveying their journey. But, whenever they are going through their ‘braggy’(I mean ‘Brag’) stuff algorithm, which is a procedure of melting the eyes of the audience, have you ever felt like ‘I should be replaced with him/her personality’ ‘I want that guts inside me to convey my talent in front of others’ ? Yes (chill buddy! You are in right place). It is not about what message you are going to convey, it’s all about ‘how you presenting your message’ ‘how confident you are in that topic’. Self-Confidence is a key which boosts your energy level to a peak. This is a key, which increases your self-respect and value of ‘being-you’ among the strangers. Self-confidence and over-confidence are two different things, ‘Kamaal Rashid Khan’ aka ‘KRK’ best known for an over-confident person in the globe. The over-confident person tends to brag about themselves a lot, irrespective of what work they have done. ‘Talk about work rather than yourself’, audience like this kind of attitude. It is rightly said ‘I don’t believe what you say. I believe what you do.’ A very important quote to be followed which increase your social networking background while presenting.
Now, let’s give a limelight to the most important phase in everyone’s life that is ‘Fear to face the stage’. Fear defines I am afraid of something. but about what? People, do they look like aliens or a ghost in horror movies. If you consider each person sitting in an auditorium, they are present there, to learn about skills or knowledge which you are going to present, they are not going to judge ‘which sentence you missed’ ‘difference between what you planned and what are you presenting’.
People who came across the stage presentation for the first time had faced these problems:
- Mind getting blanked
- Queasy feeling in the stomach
- Legs are shivering
- Stumble and mumble
These are very common problems we face for the first time but the thing is we have to deal with this problem to be a perfect speaker.
Solution to deal with these problems:
Initial stage :
Every day take any topic and start reciting it in front of the mirror for 5 to 10 min. After a week, you will easily observe that you are more confident to speak fluently. Your body language will also start improving. Always before the presentation, try to recite in front of the mirror as it is a best practice to get started with the initial stage of stage presentation.
Work on script:
Script play an important role, it contains the information that you are going to convey. Always use those words in the script which you are comfortable with. Then recite it with your own accent carrying the important key aspect you going to convey. Remember, to make key points of your script, it will be very beneficial while giving a presentation. The confident level boost very high when you will be clear with the topic.
Improve your speed:
While conveying the message, don’t be in a hurry to complete the script. Take it on medium speed, convey it like you are saying a story; medium, smoothly but don’t break the link. Speed plays an important role while presenting. If you convey it faster, the audience may be confused but when being too slow is also not accepted. So, maintain medium speed with the clear and audible vocal which maintains the attention of an audience in a long run.
The gesture is the most important thing which is the best way to attract the public. Start your day with the bright smile on your face. Audience reaction to your presentation depends on YOU conveying it with full of interest attracts the listener. The sense of humor also plays an important role in a long-term presentation.
Note: don’t express with dull tone or expressions, which will give a negative effect.
Mainly, English is mostly used for formal meeting or presentation. If people are comfortable with local language there is no issue. Learn to speak English fluently, it is very beneficial to start any presentation without any kind of preparation.
10% of the confident level is boosted with the formal dressing sense.
First work on the above-mentioned points and it will try to boost 70% of confidence level. Rest, 30% lies in facing the audience.
Facing the audience:
When you step on the stage, start with the gesture and be calm. Start with the initial points, preparing a PowerPoint presentation is a best practice to be followed. As you continue, you will gradually start developing the confidence to speak related to the topic clearly and fluently. ‘Facing the audience’ issue starts improving when you start giving more and more presentation. After giving 20 stage presentations, you would be easily starting a formal presentation without any above mentioned preparation. This will require time but improving your primary solution (that is the above-mentioned solution) can lead to overcoming the stage fear.
It is a do or ignore statement: “Either face it or ignore it throughout your lifetime, the choice is yours!”