How would you like to be able to control the mood, feelings and reactions of any group or audience easily and effortlessly – and covertly? |
This public speaking training article is on how to use the highly effective and very sophisticated technique sometimes called “stage anchoring”.
Stage anchoring is a technique used to manage and control emotional state of mind of your audience or group in any public speaking situation.
The term “stage” as I use it here means any place where you’re up in front of people. That could be standing up in the front of a room, or leading a meeting, or speaking to the board of directors.
It doesn’t matter if you’re on an actual stage or not, just that you’re in front of people.
The term “anchoring” means any kind of stimulus-response – for example, the stimulus of hearing your national anthem can create the response of you feeling patriotism.
Putting those terms together, stage anchoring means using specific physical locations on “the stage” as a specific stimulus that creates a specific predetermined emotional response in your audience.
Stage anchoring is a very sophisticated and advanced technique, but it’s not complicated or complex to use or understand. In fact it’s much easier to demonstrate and practice in a public speaking training than to read or hear about it.
What makes this advanced is primarily the fact that you are mapping out ahead of time what specific emotional states and moods you want to elicit in your group.
Most speakers trainers and presenters don’t stop to think ahead about what kind of “emotional roller coaster ride” they should take their audience on.
The other thing that makes this an advanced technique is you must carefully plan out what state of mind you want them in at the end of your talk when you do your call to action. For example, if you’re selling yourself or your product or service, perhaps a state of intense desire would be useful.
This means that step one of planning your stage anchors is deciding what specific emotional states of mind you want your audience to experience.
Step two will be deciding when exactly in your presentation you want your audience to experience which specific emotional state. For example, you may want to start with curiosity and then lead to desire.
Step three is deciding ahead of time exactly which location on the stage you’ll use exclusively for that particular emotional state. Important!-you must keep your locations cleanly separated! Step four is deciding what you will say to elicit each of the emotional states you plan to elicit in your audience.
Summary and super-important bonus tips: Stage anchoring is a highly sophisticated and extremely powerful way of controlling the mood and emotional states of your audience in ways you have determined ahead of time.
Plan out emotional states that will most likely facilitate the outcomes and results you want to reach with your public speaking. Stories are the easiest way to elicit emotional states in your audience. Your voice tone and facial expressions must be congruent with each emotional state.
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