I am a member of a local toastmasters, a club for improving public speaking.
Toastmasters has rules for how to do everything.
Here is a list of some of the prominent rules:
1) Have an intro, body and conclusion
2) Avoid filler words like umms
3) Do not stand only at one position. Move around the stage area.
4) Have voice variety to keep your audience engaged.
5) Keep good eye contact around the room
I don't understand #3 - Why we need to move around?
That feels fake.
Outside of soap operas, no one really moves around when engaging in a deep conversation with others. If I am trying to deliver a good speech, I want to focus on what I am talking about and on staying relaxed and clear.
I have struggled to move about while staying enthusiastic and focused on the message that I am trying to deliver. So I started to look at political candidates in debates. Lately everyone is trying to move around on the stage and it looks like a deliberate attempt to appear at ease and emphatic. Feels so fake and forced.
So may I please stick to the podium and focus on my speech?
Chimamanda's style seems to work!