Recently I viewed a video of a VIP who came to our area for a speaking engagement. The speaker was small in stature. The only thing I remember on that stage was a rather tall, large woman signing for the deaf. In another instance, I witnessed a musical presentation consisting of three instrumentalists and two vocal performers. My attention was focused in on the one in a red shirt. In still another instance of late, I was caught up by a figure standing to the far right of a prominent political speaker. They were obviously an enthusiastic admirer or relative, slowly moving to their own beat. That small amount of movement detracted me from the speaker’s message.
In each of these scenarios, the main attraction was being upstaged. What that means is that the main attraction no longer becomes the main attraction. You are being distracted by something on the stage that may be larger in stature, more colorful, or causing undue motion; all of which detracts from the message.
As a viewer, if you find yourself unable to concentrate on the main attraction for any length of time, you will find that you are, indeed, being distracted by something that is going on around the speaker. Now you know why you may not be able to concentrate on what the speaker is saying!
If you are a pro presenter or performer, make sure you will not being upstaged by anything; that includes your mic. If you remove a microphone from the stand in order to walk about, put the stand in back of you.
Whether it is size differences, a lack of color planning, background videos, a microphone stand, or background personnel moving about, any or all can present a distraction to the main attraction – You!
Question: Has this helped you? How?