Space Ownership in Public Speaking

Creating the space is a fundamental must before you start speaking.

For a speaker, space has everything to do with arriving, and ensuring the audience arrives. You must be present to them and they to you. You are fully there in that space, owning that space. When I use the words “creating the space,” what I mean is, you are aware, perceiving, looking, not thinking. Thinking is an introverted characteristic. Looking inward and thinking contracts space for you, rather than opening it up. Looking inwards inhibits creating dimension and prevents the inclusion of people in your space.

When you look outward, you are able to deliver your concept, and energy and emotion to your audience because you created the space for delivery. That is so very important. You might think space is a relative term and undefined, but it is vital to the presentation.

Space is defined by dimension, and you view from where you are, and by the dimensions you are creating. If you look out to and through the last row of the audience, then you are opening the entire room and creating space that is a far bigger than the confines and the physical dimensions of the room. The area can extend to be as big as where you are directing your attention, and as far out as you want it to be. Thus, space is unlimited and unlimiting.

There are many performer artists as well as speakers with whom I work to help them take command of the stage and really deliver the message of their songs with everything emotional connected to the message. This is accomplished by scenarios I help them through to open up their space far bigger than the physical confines of the room. This results in a very receptive audience sharing the message delivered. It makes a huge difference in the attraction factor of your audience and the impact you create for them.

I advise my clients to really get a good sense of the room where they are presenting. So when you enter the room, take a good look around. Observe color, textures, lines, shapes and form. Really notice things, like what people are wearing before you speak and after you start. Wake up! Believe me your audience will too.

If you can’t perceive in the space you are in, you are not going to be able to communicate with the audience. Perception (direct observation) is the initial key for a confident speaker to create an involved and excited audience.

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To Your Speaking Success!

Joe Yazbeck, Founder, President
Prestige Leadership Advisors