Stage presence is the ability to command an audience with an impressive style or manner. It has very little to do with skill or knowledge, and everything to do with how you feel about yourself and what you are doing. It's not about trying to impress or entertain, but is about presenting the message that you have with confidence, believing that what God has given you to say through your ministry is good enough to offer.
How many times have your heard someone say any of these things before they sing, speak, dance or read in front of an audience:
- "Please pray for me as I attempt to sing this song"
- "I'm really not prepared...so pray my strength"
- "I'm really nervous"
- "I didn't know I was going to be called on so I don't know how this will go"
- Commanding your space in the room, entering and exiting with confidence
- Project your performance beyond the room that you are in. Make your presentation mentally extend past the four walls of the building. Don't just "sell it to the front row".
- Practice "over the top", in other words, practice your dance/drama to the fullest, even to the extreme. When you get in front of a group, it will be exactly where it needs to be because performances always lose a small amount of drive when they get onstage.
- Keep your eyes up, focus on a spot just above the heads of the people. It will look like you are looking straight ahead. People will look where you are looking and if you look down, they will, too.
- Be aware of habits like lip-folding or fidgeting while you are waiting for the music to start. Relax...inhale through your nose and out through your mouth. Don't withdraw! You have something to offer.
Enjoy this video by Jocelyn Richard: