The natural tendency for nervous or inexperienced speakers is to head to center stage and being talking as soon as they are introduced. Confident speakers do the opposite. They head to center stage, smile and look at the audience – taking the time to make eye contact with all sections of the audience. Then, when they are ready they begin their presentation.
This conveys confidence and assuredness to the audience. As a presenter taking the time to pause and look at the audience before starting gives you the opportunity to gather your thoughts and ensure that, mentally, you are ready to start. I don’t enjoy feeling rushed or harried when I start a presentation. The few seconds, and it only has to be a few, can make all the difference and set you up to deliver a great presentation. Why don’t you try it? No matter where you deliver your next presentation stand, pause, and then deliver your presentation.