Some tried & true tips to elevate your Spoken Word stage performance
YOU'RE NOT ALONE.
Speaking in public is the the #1 innate human fear. We fear the stage more than we fear death...
I am constantly blown away by the unique, powerful mystique of a versed slam poet on stage. There's something that gives ordinary sentences a razor edge; there's a mythical object formed by restrained but proper hand motions... these qualities make slam poetry performances an uplifting and memorable experience. Slam poetry is truly morphing into more than just Spoken Word - we're beginning to see the dawn of a whole new genre where the cunning vernacular of poetry is livened by the stage presence and performance.
This shit's blowin' up, yo!
If you're like me, you may not be the best on-stage performer. Shaky knees, lump in your throat, no idea what you look like to the audience that's scrutinizing your every word and motion... yeah, it kinda sucks. But it just means there is room for improvement. So here are a few tips that will help you start owning the stage.
Quick note: When you're making a leap like this you shouldn't expect overnight results. Great things can sometimes come in increments. What you should be looking for is improvement from one performance to the next. You might focus on a particular problem area until you nail it, then look to correct another element of your spoken word performances.
Stage performance tips for slam poets