Voice & Speech Newsletter


Seating Arrangements

Presenting from a Chair

Do you spend much of your working day in a chair? Is most of your presenting done while sitting at a table? If you’re not aware of what you’re doing, this can be a real trap. When you sit down, your energy tends to sit down, as well. It’s so easy to relax back and allow the chair to support you. Your body collapses, your breath is restricted, your voice doesn’t engage fully and you fail to make an impression in the room. How can you make sure you’re cultivating a strong presence and maximizing the impact of your performance, even when you’re seated? The essential principles for success are the same as for standing speech.

Grounding
When speaking from a chair, you still want both feet flat on the ground, but now, you have “a second pair of feet,” your sit-bones. (You can feel those bones under your bottom when you’re sitting erect on a very hard surface.) Your sit-bones become a second point of connection to the ground. If you’re on your sit-bones, your body naturally aligns and supports itself. Sit on the front edge of the chair. Allow yourself to fall back onto your tailbone. Notice what happens to your alignment. Now come back onto your sit-bones and appreciate how the rest of your body aligns. You don’t need to be rigid. There’s no need to look stiff. But you do want to be in charge of your own support, not collapsing into the back of the chair.

Breathing
When your body is relaxed and aligned, you can still breathe deeply, even when seated. (In fact, some people find it easier to feel their breath in a seated position, than when they’re standing.) Keep your belly relaxed as you inhale through your mouth. Avoid lifting your chest. Feel the in-breath expanding your entire waistline. You can even imagine your in-breath flowing down and filling the seat of your chair. Now, fall back onto your tailbone. Notice how the area under your sternum tends to collapse. Come back onto your sit-bones.





Great Speaker Series




 

Spotlight on Trevor Novak
Canada UK Trade and Investment

Learn more about one of our valued clients.




Events




 

Sound of Success: Vocal Gym

Develop a powerful and authoritative voice that commands attention, respect and closes deals, in as little as four weeks.

Date and Time: Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: 434 Queen St East, Toronto, ON



Free SpeechMaster Class

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 9th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: 434 Queen St East, Toronto, ON
Guest Instructor: James Alan, Magician
Topic: Presentation Magic: Smoke and Mirrors Can Be A Good Thing







Tip

Be aware of the chair! Is it firm, encouraging you to support yourself? Or is it a soft and comfy trap, tempting you to fall back into its embrace? Never give yourself up to the chair! Always be responsible for your own support.

 



Voice & Speech

434 Queen St. E., Toronto
416-922-6384 | www.VoiceAndSpeech.com




View Previous Issues