Convention Spotlight: How Did Michelle Obama Do?
It is easy to confuse presence with charisma. A charismatic speaker takes up the energy in the room. A speaker with presence, on the other hand, spreads the energy outward by being present with the audience.
Fundamentally, stage presence is simply the ability to be absolutely and fully present with your audience.
Tonight, Michelle Obama was intensely present and thus had tremendous stage presence.
While it is true that she also spoke with charisma, it was her presence which ultimately made the speech so well-delivered.
From the Green Room: Just because you aren’t charismatic, this doesn’t mean you can’t be a good speaker. Presence – the ability to be fully present with your audience – is something everyone can learn to cultivate and is ultimately a far more valuable skill than the quality of charisma.