When should a speaker move?
Some speakers claim that they have lots of energy so they like to move. Some speakers say that they are nervous and they feel better when they move around.
That could be the wrong reason to move when speaking. The important point is that when you move it should appear natural to your audience.
Pacing back and forth across the front of the room is distracting and suggests that the speaker is very nervous. So don’t pace back and forth. By the way, any rhythmic pattern tends to become distracting and conveys nervousness.
When the speaker appears nervous the audience isn’t going to feel confident about the message or the speaker’s credibility.
It’s okay to move and most of the time it’s a good idea. But – and this is a big BUT – the movement should appear to have a purpose. The audience should see the movement as a natural part of delivering the message. They shouldn’t be distracted by the movement.
When you move, move in harmony with your message. If you want to see good examples of this, watch music videos, movies or a good play.
Picture how you might move while saying, “Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou?”