I always feel like the less I think of stage presence, the better because then I have to face the fact that I have really complicated guitar parts, I’m singing almost all the time, and I have like six pedals I’ve got to keep on top of.

J. Robbins

While you are busy working on your voice, and improving your singing skills for that upcoming performance, have you also taken out time to develop your stage presence? 

In addition to singing a song people enjoy, you need an outstanding stage presence to give life to your performance. 

Whether you are a professional or a beginner, developing your stage presence is essential if you are going to have a memorable performance. 

Before going into details, here’s what makes a stage presence important.

What is Stage Presence?

Stage presence simply refers to that energy, appeal, or charm, which an artist exudes while performing to their audience. It involves sharing the best of yourself while in your element as a singer, in order to draw and command the full attention of your audience.  

Note that your audience has both eyes and ears. You need to appeal to both senses. 

The way you make them feel through what they see is as important as what you are singing or how you sound. So, we’ll be looking at some tips that can help you develop a good stage presence. 

Joe T. Keith St. Paul, Minnesota performing back home again

How to Develop Your Stage Presence

  1. Understand Your Audience

One of the keys to a great and successful performance is understanding your audience to effectively engage them

Have it in mind while creating your stage presence that your performance is not about you but about your audience. Speak to them directly. The emotions you spark and how you make them feel is of utmost importance. 

Your performance, along with your song, can bring their innermost emotions to life. 

You need to know about them and their expectations so that you can work towards catering to them. If they are coming to watch you perform, you have to make it worth their while. 

  1. Make Good Use of Your Stage

When you get on that big stage, try not to spend the whole time in front of the microphone. The way you move on stage, depending on the kind of song you are doing, can add an element of excitement to your performance. 

There is still so much more you can do to give life to your performance. 

Your audience wants you to entertain them, and that involves moving your body. You don’t want to stand stiff, which is boring when you have a big stage to make your playground.

  1. Don’t Forget to Smile

This tip is basic; however, it is very important. 

Singers sometimes, forget to smile at the audience. Make a personal connection with your audience. A smile makes you look confident, and it also endears you to the audience. 

Even if you are doing a sad song, ensure to give your audience a beautiful smile before singing.

  1. Make Arm Gestures

Using your arms expressively is also important for the development of your stage presence. 

Try not to stand stiff or expressionless. 

You can use your arms to express what you are singing. Make sure your arm gestures go with what you are saying. 

  1. Involve Your Audience

If you want to command the full attention of your audience, you have to draw them in. Not just a few people, you need to connect with the whole crowd. 

As much as possible, make eye contact with them. Try bantering with the audience in-between songs, so they don’t get bored. 

Depending on the kind of song you are doing, you can also invite one or two persons from the crowd to join you on stage to dance or jump off the stage to dance with them. 

Work with your audience makes the performance enjoyable. Get them to return the energy you are giving.


Whenever you are going to perform, remember that a good stage presence is essential for a great performance. 

The tips discussed here will help you in developing your stage presence, and eventually, make you a great performer. 

You can also watch other great performers see how they do it. See what works, make it better, add your flair, and you will captivate your audience at your next performance.