How You Can Be More Charismatic on Stage

How You Can Be More Charismatic on Stage


To be more charismatic on stage you have to be seen by your audience as compelling, charming and confident.


Throughout history there have been many charismatic public speakers from Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King. Are these orators born to entertain, motivate and inspire? Or is this a skill they have learnt over time?

What is it that makes a great speaker charismatic?

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3 Ways to Increase Your Stage Presence 


1: Create Rhythm

Charismatic speakers will often use rhetorical devices to create a smooth sounding flow to their speech, drawing in the audience with a rhythmic pattern to their language .

Some great examples includes Churchills famous post-Dunkirk speech “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..”

To improve your stage charisma embed your speech with a mixture of rhetorical devices.

2: Emotional Tonality

We have all heard to common phrase that 70% of communication is none verbal.

To increase the authority of your stage presence, you need to embed tonality changes throughout your speech.

The worst speeches I have heard, aren’t speech that are poorly written or about subjects that are uninterested in. Rather its a speech that is monotone, speeches that send you to sleep, speeches that you cant wait to end.

By rising your tonality at the begging and/or end of your sentence, as an easy to embed strategy that will keep your audience ears entertained. You can go one step future wrapping the words in the verbal emotion they represent; if your point is humorous, say it in a humorous tone, is your words represent anger say them with anger.

This simple technique not only increases interest, it also  creates a vivid picture in the audiences mind Рthey will be in the moment with you.


3: Connecting with the Each Audience Member

Charismatic speakers, speak to each individual audience member.

To make individuals feel special, simple hold eye contact with them. As you speak you need to scan the room, stopping to look at certain groups within the room. By staring at one person while stating a key point from your speech you will single this person out and make a real connection.

The people sat around this person, will also feel the power of your glare, often feeling like it is them you are staring at.

Eye contact creates a special bond. This bond will create a god-like awe, where the audience will hang of your every word.

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