An Ideal Presenter


Globally, there are many presenters with various styles of presentation. However, if one were to observe these presenters over time, it seems that there is a fixed pattern to the style that they adopt in relation to the occasion on hand. For example, a speaker will usually speak from behind a rostrum during a formal occasion. These speakers seem to have an impression that speaking behind the rostrum gives them authority and adds impact to their speeches. We can often see this in official seminars and functions. 

However, there are constraints when one speaks in such a manner.

For one, there is a physical barrier (read: rostrum) formed between the speaker and his audience. This will in turn block any gesticulations that they may be making, hence making their speeches less effective. In fact, many speakers who speak in this way know about this and hence they have often chosen to make do without gesticulations.  It may be the case that standing behind a physical object such as a rostrum provides psychological comfort but the cons more than outweigh the pros.  Therefore, on the whole, other than projecting a sense of formality, these speakers might not have as much impact as they thought that they have.  Their audiences might be giving them an applause out of an obligation rather than sincere appreciation.

On the contrary, speakers who move around the stage to express his views has a charismatic edge over his peers, simply because he or she moves. This might be seen as distracting to some audiences but everything depends on the speaker’s movement. If he or she alternates between slow and fast movement, the audience will – more often than not – remain engaged to the speech. Why is this so? Because our human mind takes more to movement . Of course, in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), there’s individuals whose dominant senses are auditory and kinesthetic rather than visual. Nevertheless, all of us are attracted by moving images in the theatres and television programmes on TV, right? This indicates a certain alluring qualities in movement. The same can be said for various dances such as ballad and salsa as well as musical plays where artistes move around too.

Besides movement, a speaker who is able to engage the audience’s emotion through his speech is also interesting because he or she evokes the audience’s feeling. This can be achieved by speakers who speak behind rostrums but it is seldom the case (I may be engaged in a bit of stereotyping here but it seems to be true from my personal observation. Even if such speakers joke about something, it’s often minimal and occurs every once in a while.).

Therefore, to conclude, a speaker who moves around (yes, with a mike in hand and not with the mike placed in a “mike holder”) has a more attractive and charismatic appeal than someone standing behind a rostrum.  And coupled with an ability to speak with a humorous touch, the combination is almost omnipotent.


One thought on “An Ideal Presenter

  1. I had to give an impromptu speech to a group of twenty parents yesterday. I was not behind a podium, it was just in front of my classroom. I never thought about the lack of a podium actually making me more effective.

    Best regards,
    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas


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