Do you know someone that enters a room with flair? They don’t just slide in…but they command a certain amount of attention and recognition. People will glance at this newcomer as they walk by. If they have not been introduced, chances are they soon will be. (Being drop dead gorgeous is not the prerequisite to create this phenomenon, by the way.)

This is the power of “owning your space”.

On a stage, on TV, in networking events or a small dinner party, being in control of your space is the platform from which you can send out clear and highly effective messages. It is the very foundation that can support any conversation or call to action and command respect from those around you.

Without this foundation your message is like a house built on sand; it may look pretty, but might not be trusted all that quickly.

So, how to you achieve and better yet, maintain this owning of your space? There are oh so many layers to this answer and many situations that can threaten your ownership as well… each of them could be a course in itself. For instance: How do you handle an aggressive reporter during an interview? How do you handle audience members that are in private conversation without giving up an ounce of your authority? So many unexpected circumstances and interruptions can knock a person off their foundation, but some basic principles will carry the weight of the burden, even in the challenging times. Often the best, established speakers go back every once in a while and examine how thoroughly they are using these principles.

Today, I’ll share three of these principles with you.
Think of these as the mortar that holds the bricks together in your foundation!

1. Shoulders back and weight back. Open yourself up physically to receive from the audience. This is necessary to build that relationship that will help you to connect. The exchange of energy is best felt when the heart area is open literally as well as figuratively! So, pull those should blades together and stand strong. Part of the strong stance is putting that weight back; think of a fighter’s stance, or dancer’s first position, with one foot slightly angled in front of the other, body weight on the back foot. This is a great way to stay rooted (and look sexy, too!).
2. Gesture to the Fullest. If you use your hands a lot to speak, by all means, don’t stop! (All my Italian friends just sighed with relief!) But, work on using those gestures to emphasize your message and not distract from it. Slower, deliberate movements are usually easier to watch than multiple quick movements that may look fidgety. When you gesture, gesture with full movements, open those arms when you can. Try some big gestures on camera if you think you might look silly. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised at how large motions will usually look pretty darn good! A good book to reference is Winning Body Language by Mark Bowden.
3. Work your inflection and volume. Inflection is not only great to emphasize your points, but also to keep the brains of your audience stimulated, literally! Studies have shown that differentiation in vocal tone actually help us learn. Volume changes and pauses, too, will help keep the synapses firing. When pauses are used correctly, the person to whom we are speaking fills in the blank with what you just said, so, in essence, they process it twice. Our current US President used pauses quite often for emphasis.

Even the seasoned communicators can falter on occasion by neglecting the basic principles. We have all heard that 80% of all communication is, in fact, not what we say, but how we say it. It never hurts to review ourselves on video and evaluate!

These principles are the first steps to owning the room before you even step on the stage!

Author's Bio: 

Sandra Dee Robinson has spent all of her adult life in front of a camera: initially an actor (including major roles on Another World, Sunset Beach, Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, guest star on Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds, Secret Life of an American Teenager and TV movies). She sidelines acting with TV hosting and being a product spokesperson. For the past several years, Sandra has been coaching entertainment reporters and television hosts and she founded Charisma on Camera media training studio to expand her clientele to professionals in any field. She currently assists authors, life coaches, politicians, actors, and business professionals who want to build confidence in the telling of their message and/or they are preparing to utilize TV or Web as a platform to establish themselves as an expert guest, or even host their own show. Sandra loves finding the unique quality in each individual that can magnetize an audience, and watching her clients’ confidence on camera soar as they polish their personal brand for increased recognition and success.