Cultivating Stage Presence with The Second Circle

Second Circle Book CoverA highlight of last week’s PSA World Speechwriters Conference was hearing Edmée Tuyl describe differences in energy speakers bring to the podium. She outlined the concept of three circles of energy that comes from master speech and acting coach Patsy Rodenburg who speaks about the importance of cultivating what she calls “Second Circle energy” as a way for speakers to use their energy to be present (in “the present”) with an audience for maximum impact. Briefly:

  • First Circle energy is inward-looking, drawing energy toward the self, typical of introverted and nervous speakers.
  • Third Circle energy is forced out, toward the world in general, typical of bombastic and opinionated speakers.
  • Second Circle energy is focused on the audience, in relationship, taking in and giving out. This connection with the audience is characterized in theater as having “stage presence”. Presence that allows your message to survive.

Her book The Second Circle: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation expands on the ideas she presents in this short video:

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