Take the Stage vs. Own the Stage | Darren LaCroix

Take the Stage vs. Own the Stage

By Darren LaCroix | Stage Time Articles

Anyone can take the stage; very few presenters own the stage. Click To Tweet You hear me talk about many of the smaller nuances of speaking. Any of the singular techniques alone that I teach will not take good presenters and instantly make them great. There is no overnight success.

So, why would you want to put in great effort to learn them all and then apply them to your presenting so that they become a part of you? It seems like a fair amount of effort, and it is. It’s the difference between a high school athlete and an Olympic athlete. Would you ever expect an Olympic coach to tell an athlete to take a month off? Or expect them to say, “That’s good enough.” Why not? Because they are going for the gold. They would leave no stone unturned. Every idea and technique would be tested.

What’s the payoff for that effort? After all, we don’t get gold medals. What we do get, however, is an incomparable feeling of connection and influence.

It’s a choice really. It is a commitment like that of an athlete. I’d love to be able to tell you that you can take just one course and be instantly transformed.

Like an Olympic athlete, the training is ongoing, and each technique is layered on top of another. One distinct difference for presenters vs. athletes is that as presenters grow, we focus on only one aha at a time.

The upside for us is that it is attainable by anyone willing to put their ego aside and commit to ongoing development. Your body type and age don’t matter. All that matters is your commitment. An average NFL career is between 3 and 4 years. You and I can go on as long as we want. That’s cool.

The irony is that many of us want to be professional athletes when we are kids, and we grow up and become presenters instead. After their sports careers end, many athletes want to be speakers. Our skills have to be excellent in order to compete with their fame. Regardless of where you are in your skill set, just keep layering one new aha on top of another. Never stop. My favorite compliment is when people tell me that I’m better now than I was a few years ago.

Are you too busy to discover how to own the stage? Will you keep striving to be unforgettable?

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