What Does Having Stage Presence Really Mean? Saturday January 8 2022, 2:13 PM
Yona Marie
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What Does Having Stage Presence Really Mean?

Stage Presence 

To have stage presence means that you have the ability to capture the attention of your audience. It's one thing to have raw talent and showcase it in front of an audience, but getting them really emotionally involved in your performance is another thing.

Having stage presence can actually be a talent in itself. And without stage presence, you risk having your audience not really appreciate your performance at all.

I want to share a few tips that will help you with your stage presence and your connection with your audience. It may seem like a complicated thing to do, but with time and practice, you'll be able to capture your audience's attention and maybe even their hearts!

Feel The Music

One way to ensure that you have a good amount of stage presence is to really feel the music that you're performing.

Most musicians have the ability to connect spiritually with the music that they're performing. Still, some of us struggle to show it with how we physically move our bodies during the performance.

We can sometimes get caught up in how we look and try to avoid getting embarrassed when we're in our zone,  but sometimes that zone is exactly what you need for the audience to connect with you and the music you're performing.

When you're in your zone and your own vibe, you may find that you have a natural stage presence that you didn't even realize. Don't be afraid to try being yourself in front of your audience because someone will like it.

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Be Your Optimal Self

Let's say that you feel like your true self while you're in the zone is actually pretty awkward, and you don't want to showcase that on stage.

Consider mixing your true self with a more optimal image that most people will be willing to accept.

It may feel weird at first trying to portray someone you aren't, but as a performer, your job is to make other people appreciate the performance in the art that you're presenting them. 

Try to glamour yourself up a bit! Turn into the Rockstar version of yourself and practice how it will look in the mirror.

Don't be afraid to try out new things because you never know we will actually work well in the eyes of yourself and the audience. This process can help you build a better brand image over time and take your career to the next level.


Be Unique

While you're considering how you can make the Rockstar version of yourself, try to find ways to become someone that is unique and put on a performance that your audience has never seen before.

This especially works well if you're performing and a genre like pop or hip-hop, where there is steep competition and a lot of artists look and sound the same.

The process of being unique is often labeled as having a USP or unique selling proposition in the world of marketing and advertising.

What can you do on stage that will make your performance memorable in comparison to others? How can you leave a lasting and positive impact on your audience members? 

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Connect With The Audience

Even though it might seem like you're the star because you're onstage, the true star in the situation is each and every audience member. You're catering your performance to their needs, and you're at the mercy of their opinion of you at that moment.

At the end of the day, it's all about the audience members and what you are providing for them. How are you connecting with them emotionally? How are you speaking to their lives? How are you interacting with them while you're on the stage?

Don't be afraid to reach out to an audience member or get the audience to sing along with you. Don't be afraid to shout out your audience or individuals in your audience that you really appreciate.

Make sure you're trying to make eye contact with everyone on every side of the room.


Consider Your Body Language

Our body language says a lot about how we're feeling in the moment without us ever needing to say a word. Make sure you're practicing good posture and a confident swagger when you're on stage.

Try to avoid movements that make you look nervous or fidgety. Also, avoid looking like you're low on energy because your audience can just throw that right back at you.

Keep the performance alive by moving around a lot, using hand movements to connect with the audience, and being your most confident self.

Stand tall with your head held high! People love to see others with confidence because it can bring out their confidence in themselves.

Try To Stay Out Of Your Head

Putting on performance can be a very anxiety-inducing process. Still, hopefully, you've put in enough effort with your practicing so that you won't have to be in your head too much while the performance is actually happening.

If you're in your head during a performance, it will take away from the stage presence that you can provide your audience.

Make sure you know all the words and know how everything will flow during your performance.

Something will likely come up that will throw you off guard, but if you're skilled enough and have enough experience with performances, you won't be caught up in your head about messing up or something going wrong with the flow of things.

You won't connect to the music as much, and neither will the audience.

If you're in your head, try to shake off negative or over-analytical thoughts and just be in the moment. Your performance doesn't need to be perfect, so give up on that right now if you're striving for perfection!

As long as your talent is shining through and you're making an effort to connect with the audience, it'll all work out fine!

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Performers With Great Stage Presence


Popular singer Beyoncé is known for her captivating stage presence and ability to command the audience's attention with her powerful vocals, dynamic dance moves, and engaging performances.

Mick Jagger

As the lead singer of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger is renowned for his electrifying stage presence. His energetic dancing, charismatic persona, and ability to engage the audience make him an iconic performer.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen's live performances are legendary for their energy, passion, and connection with the audience. His powerful storytelling, high-intensity performances, and interaction with fans create an unforgettable experience.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is known for her extravagant stage presence, elaborate costumes, and theatrical performances. Her ability to push boundaries, engage the audience, and deliver powerful vocals make her an incredible live performer.


Freddie Mercury

The late Freddie Mercury, frontman of the band Queen, was a true showman with an extraordinary stage presence. His energetic performances, theatricality, and ability to connect with the crowd made him a legendary performer.

James Brown

James Brown, often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul," had an unmatched stage presence. His energetic dance moves, soulful voice, and charismatic performances were influential in shaping the live performance style of many artists.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner is an iconic performer with incredible stage presence. Her electrifying energy, powerful voice, and dynamic stage performances, including her signature dance moves, have made her one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

Michael Jackson

The "King of Pop," had an unparalleled stage presence that revolutionized live performances. His smooth dance moves, innovative choreography, and theatrical productions created a spectacle that kept audiences mesmerized throughout his shows.

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