Public speaking is frequently noted as one fear placed right up there with fear of heights, death, blood, and insects. It’s no wonder many of us shy away from opportunities to share our knowledge and experience.
However, there comes a time when we must speak in front of our peers, and move an idea, product or technique into action, and you’ll want to have the skills to do so.
Whether giving a formal presentation or contributing to an impromptu session, the way that you position yourself, move, and speak to the audience will either enhance or detract from your message. By developing your “platform skills” – or, the skills you use while on stage (typically a raised platform) – you can ensure your presentation is both consistent and effective.
Let’s look at three ways you can start working on your platform skills right now:
Position: The way in which you stand significantly impacts your message.
Movement: The right movements can lend depth and interest to your presentation.
Speech: The manner in which you speak affects the outcome of your speech.
By positioning, moving and speaking with confidence, you will not only keep your audience engaged; you will inspire them to do what you want them to do. In the process, you’ll begin to overcome your fears and establish yourself as a credible expert.
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