Own your stage.

Imagine a rockstar on stage, exuding confidence and authenticity. This is a perfect metaphor for leadership: it’s all about how you show up and own that stage. According to Dr. Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 Rule, an astounding 93% of communication is non-verbal. It’s not just what you say, but how passionately you say it.

As leaders, our presence should be like that of a rockstar – fully engaged, vibrant, and genuine. When we show up with our true selves, our passion becomes contagious, igniting energy in our team.

Every meeting, every presentation, every conversation is your stage. Embrace your inner rockstar and let your true self shine through. It’s this level of genuine presence and enthusiasm that transforms good leaders into great ones, creating a resonant impact that goes beyond words.


Here are a few key strategies on how to build rapport with an audience, inspired by the rockstar approach:

  1. Start with a bang: Just as a rockstar captivates their audience with a powerful opening song, start your speech with something impactful. It could be a surprising fact, a personal anecdote, or a bold statement. This grabs attention and sets the tone for what’s to come.
  2. Read the room: A rockstar is adept at sensing the mood of their audience and adjusting their performance accordingly. Similarly, as a speaker, gauge the energy of your audience. Are they engaged? Do they need a burst of energy? Tailor your delivery to their responses.
  3. Share personal stories: Rockstars often share personal experiences or the stories behind their songs. This creates a bond with the audience. As a speaker, weave in your own stories or experiences. It makes you relatable and helps the audience connect with you on a human level.
  4. Engage and interact: Rockstars don’t just perform; they interact with their audience. They might ask questions, prompt cheers, or even invite someone on stage. In your speeches, include interactive elements. Ask rhetorical questions, encourage audience participation, or use interactive tools like live polls.
  5. Show your passion: A rockstar’s passion for their music is palpable. Your enthusiasm for your topic should be equally evident. Speak passionately, and let your genuine interest and excitement shine through. Passion is infectious and can quickly build a strong rapport.
  6. Be authentically you: Lastly, just like a rockstar remains true to their style and essence, be authentic. Authenticity resonates with people. Be yourself, with all your quirks and unique perspectives. This authenticity fosters trust and connection.
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