Asta Pipiraitė is a public speaking coach with six years of public speaking experience, TEDx Kaunas 2021 host and mentor for speakers since TEDx Kaunas conference started four years ago. Facilitator and coordinator of various projects, a member of an improvisation theater Impro Kaunas for two years now, she recently started her career as an actor.
Boosting your energy before the stage
As preparation for being on stage Asta uses multiple steps, some of them even starting the day before the speech. You can ask yourself how do you feel. If necessary boost yourself with some scents for clearing your senses (Asta uses Citrus scent).
Think about what will you wear a day before or even some weeks before if it is a very important conference. It would be great if you can check the stage, recognize the space, the lighting, the background. All this in order to pick the right colors for your outfit. You have to check what color suits you and of course what kind of clothes suit you best.
The importance of colors and the outfit for the stage
Choosing the right outfit and the right colors are important decisions to make. Wear clothes that are comfortable and give you freedom on the stage and at the same time allow you to stand out. About colors you can get ideas from a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. Play with different colors and see how they are reflected on your face, use pieces of paper, tissues, etc. Just put them next to you and see how the change affects your skin and your hair.
The pre-stage minutes. How to get ready
Something really important is the mental preparation. Ask yourself about your energy and how do you feel. Focus on the value that you bring to audience and not in yourself. Think about how many people will benefit from your speech, and this mental position will give you self confidence. But you also have to enjoy yourself. If you enjoy yourself, then the audience will feel your energy and enjoy your performance. Finally, just before going to the stage do some short meditation, clear your mind or say a pray, all this things help you to balance your energy and your thoughts. Something to be aware is about breathing exercises. Sometimes strong breathing exercises can have a different effect on you and make you be more nervous before going to stage. It’s better to start breathing exercises a month before your speech, because your body needs to adjust to it and you have to do it every single day to feel a certain change.
Related: Speak like Music
“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
Routine to Shine
Asta recommends an exercise for warming up lips and voice. Very simple indeed, all you have to do is grab a pen or a pencil, and just put it in your mouth and bite with your teeth, then just speak with the pen or pencil in your mouth. Do this for about two minutes and your lips will warm up and you will enunciate more. This is a good exercise Asta is used to do before going on stage.
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