The Tango of Presenting

The Tango of Presenting Speech

Claudyne demonstrates how dancing the Argentine Tango and presenting have so much in common. She presents and also dances with a partner.


From half an hour to four hours, depending on customized individual and small-group exercises. This session can include Claudyne and her partner giving everyone an opportunity to practice dancing the tango.

Today’s audiences are less forgiving when it comes to presenters. They want a presenter to connect with them, make the point and leave them feeling motivated. In this speech/workshop, the audience begins to understand what it means to say, “It takes two to tango.” Claudyne uses stories, mini Argentine Tango performances and audience participation to illustrate the lessons a presenter can learn from a tango leader.


There are many speeches on how to present more effectively. This one goes beyond just talking to giving the audience a new appreciation of their task—by showing it through the eyes of an Argentine Tango leader and follower.

  • Are you presenting your chosen information no matter how your audience reacts? Understand that your job as a presenter is to lead your audience, but also to respond and follow their cues.
  • Are you pushing your audience through the information rather than responding to their interests? See what it really means to lead rather than push.
  • Are you surrounding your audience with energy or just talking in your own bubble? See and hear the difference between talking at and talking to your audience.
  • Are you really paying attention to the mood your opening sets? How about the mood you leave your audience with when you’re finished? Nothing determines the follower’s reactions more than how you lead the beginning of a dance and how you finish it.

When does a “Tango” speech make sense?

  • Your group has heard and read all about effective presentations, but you aren’t totally satisfied with their presentation skills.
  • You want to give your really successful presenters new ways to engage their audiences in a dialogue.
  • You need a group event that is both educational and entertaining.


The Tango of Presenting is a speech and a dance. It can also include a workshop coaching participants how, through dancing a tango, to connect with an audience. Claudyne leads participants through a series of tango practices to make them understand the word “connection.” Each speech/workshop can be customized for your audience’s needs and interests.

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