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This public speaking training article is on how
to use the highly effective and very sophisticated
technique 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
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
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.
Step one in 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
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.