Speech Entrance and Exit

At this point and time, you must ready and fired up to stand in front of the audience to deliver your well-prepared and memorized speech.

After all the long memorization, practices and rehearsals, you made it to this point and you have overcome all the obstacles along the way and finally, you are ready to speak and share your wonderful ideas that you have prepared.

Now is the time to show up!

How you get to the stage is very important and as crucial as the rest of your speech so pay attention to it and do it well with grace and poise.

It is important that you enter with grace and poise as your first appearance will give the audience an impression that will last for a while and that’s how your audience will remember you apart from the content of your speech.

How do you get to the stage with grace and poise?


The entrance is one of the most important things to consider because it is the first projection of you. How the audience will see you depends on how you appear for the first time.

Let us look at some Don’ts

  • Do not run towards the stage as many are doing.
  • Do not shout while walking towards the stage.
  • Do not ignore the audience

And here are some Do’s

  • Do a nice and careful walk towards the stage or lectern.
  • Do appreciate the moderator or MC in calling you out and give a nice handshake if possible.
  • Do glance at the audience and look at them in the eye.

Avoiding the Don’ts and doing, the Do’s affects the way you deliver your speech and its wholeness.

Let us look at some scenarios that you may experience during the time of your presentation.

Here are two possible scenarios, you may experience.

If you are coming from the backstage

  • Stand up straight, chin in, walk straight to the podium or lectern while your eyes are in the audience.
  • If you are coming from the front row,
  • Stand up straight, chin in, walk straight with eyes on your path; be careful with those steps going up the stage.
  • Upon reaching the stage, look at the audience and continue your walk towards the lectern.

All right, you are on the stage now, what is next?

Upon reaching the stage, here are possible scenarios again.

If you are in a speech competition.

  • Upon reaching the stage, do not hide on the lectern as many are doing. Instead, get off the lectern and show yourself on the center stage.
  • If you are in a formal event wherein you must deliver a prepared speech.
  • Upon reaching the stage, stand behind the lectern while you deliver your speech or just stand on the center stage and do your thing.

If in the event that there’s no stage or platform in the venue and you are just going to talk on the ground, simply innovate and adapt to the situation.

In this kind of situation, the real issue is how you deliver your prepared speech; there are not many things about the technicalities, but all innovations and adaptations.


The way you leave the stage plays a great role in your speech delivery. When you are done in your speech delivery, it is very important that you leave the stage gracefully.

Let us look at some Don’ts

  • Do not run towards the backstage even if you can and wish to.
  • Do not say anything after you are done with your delivery even if you forgot to say it during your delivery, it will not matter anyway.
  • Do not stay long on the stage after you said thank you or your last words.

And here are some Do’s

  • Do a nice and careful walk towards the backstage or your seat.
  • If you are a resource speaker, you want to stay for a while and meet with the audience. That is a big opportunity for meeting new people.
  • If you are a contestant, simply walk gracefully and with poise back to your sit.

These are just basic guidelines that you can follow in order to make your speech presentation more professional and at the same time technical especially for those who are competing and joining speech competitions.

Now, it is time for you to practice and execute it.

Remember, walk gracefully and stand with poise!

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