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Power comes from within... and it starts with your attitude. Are you a speaker aware of your power? Are you able to control how your body and voice act when you stand up to speak in public? Do you even know what happens when you're speaking? Inspiring public speaking is all about being power-FULL, here's how to find YOUR power...
As he clicked through to his “Thank You” slide, Edgar Mumble looked up his bored audience. ‘Phew, it’s over,’ he thought with relief. ‘That was much longer than I imagined.’ ‘Erm… any questions?’ he muttered to the first row, scratching at a red patch on his neck. His offer was met with silence. Edgar collected his books and scuttled out of the room to a thin ripple of applause. ‘That went well,’ he said to himself, ‘I’ll do the same presentation again next year.’
How many times have you sat through a similar piece of lackluster powerless public speaking as an audience member? How many times have you been the public speaker with the same powerless attitude? The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way - and the first step to become a powerful public speaker is to become aware of yourself by examining your verbal and non-verbal power.
Winston Churchill said "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." It's no big surprise that how you carry yourself whilst public speaking makes a tremendous impact on your audience.
There are no true “rules” of body language, yet our choice of how we use our body language affects how we are able to get our message across. Instead of rules, I would encourage you to develop awareness about how your body language impacts your message. This will make you a more flexible and powerful speaker who has the power to do what the audience needs in that moment. When we feel like that, we don't need a list of rules - our body simply knows what to do. Read more about the Ginger approach to powerful body language.
Awareness of your physical and verbal power matters, it's the only road to becoming a powerful public speaker. It’s great to get feedback from other people, particularly an expert, on how your body language and voice comes across. For example we have a great 1 day Foundations of Excellent Public Speaking Course in London that focuses on exactly this.
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