Many times whether you are speaking in front of a large audience or in front of a small meeting, knowing how to control a stage will be crucial to controlling your audience. In order to be successful, you need to practice on that stage before you give the actual speech.
One important aspect is to know your sight lines. You will need to walk all parts of your stage to see if every member of your audience can see you. There maybe columns blocking your audience sight lines. You will also need to sit in the different areas of where your audience sits and you must see what your audience sees.
What kind of lights are used to illuminate the staging area. Maybe there are no lights. Are there dark spots or areas that have too much light. What color are the lights? Is the color warm or cold in nature?
If you are using props, do you have an area on stage to store the props?
It is very simple to control your stage but you must first know your stage, the negatives and positives!