A Great Speaker Is First and Foremost a Great Host.

 Speakers, orators, presenters, musicians, singers, actors, etc., are all required to take on an “active and dominant” role in order to be believable and demonstrate credibility. Taking charge physically, emotionally and of course technically is a must.

A good speaker or performer dominates his or her audience with: authority, skill, talent, knowledge, poise, class, flair, humor, good gestures and postures, voice, diction, presence, facial expressions, command of the stage, technical ability, etc. A good metaphor is to imagine a speaker as the host of a dinner party in their own home; all that happens is under his or her watch. It can be done effortlessly because it is well understood or with much anxiety if not understood and managed properly.

A host welcomes, greets, makes comfortable, organizes, orchestrates, takes charge, designs, commands attention, makes sure all goes well, entertains, directs, acknowledges, educates, serves, etc. A host has a “natural eye” on everything. Being the master of ceremony or the orchestra conductor is essentially what a good communicator, speaker or performer does in the background of his or her presentation or speech. The same goes for high-stake communication situations and one-on-one negotiations.

The more you are willing to accept this role or role-playing model, the more comfortable and confident you will become; so much in life is reliant on good casting as in knowing what “role” you are playing and embodying. If you adopt the “behavior of success”, it will naturally generate the platform for success to manifest. It is behavior that impacts first—words second!

It is the role of the speaker and communicator to make an audience feel safe and comfortable, not the reverse! The more you realize the passive role your audience plays, the more you will develop sympathy and compassion for them. All audiences secretly hope that the show, the act, speech, meeting or presentation will be great success. For instance, it never feels good to see a skater fall on the ice during a number.

All you have to do is to be willing to lead the way intentionally.

About Eric and Amy Stone

Eric and Amy Stone, also known as Eric and Amy Benichou-Stone are the Co-Founders of Speakers & Artists International, Inc.; a California Corporation. We are a husband and wife team dedicated to delivering world-class coaching and training programs in the arenas of business communication, public speaking, media appearances, performance, and personal growth & development. See bios here http://www.publicspeakingconnection.com/about.html Eric is also the Founder and Head Coach of Hollywood Actors Studio, in Beverly Hills, CA, where he has been developing talent, directing and training actors for the stage, film & television industries, and lecturing for more than 20 years. Amy is now the CEO of Speakers & Artists International, Inc. She's a multi-facetted and visionary guide and teacher. Her talent lies in her ability to focus on the individualís core identity and bring out truth and authenticity hidden behind the veil of ineffective habits and outdated conditioning. Eric Stone is also a Producer, a Creative Director, and a Professional Stage, Film, and Television Actor with major national and international credits to his name. Eric, also known as artist Philippe Benichou is a Published Author and an Internationally acclaimed award-winning visual Artist, represented in seven countries around the world.
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