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In this article we will be discussing some of the important Platform Skills a trainer should acquire to become an expert. Very often we are involved in giving many Presentations in business communicating to different kinds of audience. How often do we have the control over the audience? In this article we will be discussing Build your Platform Skills for Business Presentations. Here I will be sharing my experience which I have learnt over many years.

Building your Platform Skills for Business Presentations

In this article we will be discussing about building your platform skills under the following categories.

  • How to use your voice to communicate and control your audience.
  • Ensuring your manners.
  • Apply Lighthouse Technique.
  • Being nerves: “The Murphy Monkey.”
  • Preferred dress code.
  • Ten basic tips.
  • The listeners understanding skills.
  • Active listening skills of trainer.
  • Types of body language.
  • Posture, gesture and hands.
  • Posture, gesture sitting.
  • Posture gesture and standing.

In the following section we will discuss each one of them in detail.

I.Platform Skills Using Your Voice

Your voice is your strength, it shows the amount of control and authority you have on the subject you are speaking. I have listed a few points below which you could use to improve your platform skills.

Speak louder than usual. Throw your voice to back of the room

Do not swallow words. Beware of verbal “tics”. Ensure you have clear flow and continuity in your statement.

Vary the tone and pitch of your voice. Be dramatic, confidential and/or triumphant.

Watch tonic accents.  Check difficult words.  Beware of malapropisms.

Over emphasize. Accentuate syllables.

Repeat key phrases with different vocal emphasis

Use delivery speed to manipulate the audience.  Fast delivery is to excite and stimulate. Slow delivery to emphasize, awe, dramatize and Control.

II.Platform Skills Ensuring your manners

  • Don’t be tempted by manual props (pens, pointers, spectacles etc).
  • Do not keep loose change in your pockets.
  • Be aware of your verbal tics and work on eliminating them (i.e. OK!You knowand so forthNow …).
  • Don’t smoke (unless seated in discussion mode).
  • Watch out for furniture.
  • Avoid closed or tense body positions.
  • Don’t worry about pacing, leaning etc.
  • Check your hair/tie/trousers/dress before standing up.

III.Platform Skills Apply Lighthouse Technique

Sweep the audience with your eyes, staying only 2-3 seconds on each person – unless in dialogue.  This will give each participant the impression that you are speaking to him/her personally and ensure attention, in the same way as the lighthouse keeps you awake by its regular sweeping flash of light.  Above all, avoid looking at one (friendly-looking) member of the audience or at a fixed (non-threatening) point on the wall or floor. The Lighthouse Technique is a very simple but important part of your platform skills.

IV.Platform Skills Being Nervous: The Murphy Monkey

As you get up to speak, you get a feeling as if a monkey has suddenly jumped onto your shoulders. He claws your neck and weighs you down, making your knees feel weak and shaky. As you start to speak, he pulls at your vocal chords and dries up your saliva.  He pushes your eyes to the floor, makes your arms feel 10 meters long and attaches a piece of elastic to your belt, pulling you back to the table or wall behind you.

Experienced speakers know about the Murphy Monkey.  Within the first 30 seconds they throw him to the audience.  When you throw the monkey to one of the participants, suddenly the spotlight is on them and not on you. How…?

  • Ask a question,
  • A show of hands,
  • A short Ice Breaker (participant introductions, an exercise or quiz etc.)
  • A discussion,
  • Ask any one to volunteer or
  • Simply a reference to one or more of the participants.

All these are ways helps the trainer to put the  money on the student back for a few moments. This takes the pressure off you and gives you time to relax. Smile and get ready to communicate your message loud and clear. Overcoming the Murphy Monkey plays a very vital role in improving your platform skills.

V.Platform Skills Preferred Dress Code

  • Avoid black and white and other strongly contrasting colors.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.
  • If you can’t make up your mind, wear something boring – at least your clothes won’t detract from the message.
  • Try and dress one step above the audience.
  • Check zips and buttons before standing up.

For Men: When in doubt, a blue blazer, grey slacks and black shoes with a white shirt and striped tie is usually acceptable from the board room to the art studio.

VI.Platform Skills Ten Basic Tips for Platform Skills

  • Do not  keep your eyes on your notes
  • Never read anything except quotations from the slide.
  • If you’re not nervous there’s something wrong
  • Exaggerate body movements and verbal emphasis
  • Perform do not act – Perform
  • Pause often – silence is much longer for you than for the audience.
  • Use humor.  A laugh is worth a thousand frowns.
  • Be enthusiastic. If you’re not, why should they be?
  • Don’t try and win the Nobel prize for technical accuracy
  • Keep it simple.

VII.Platform Skills The Listeners Understanding Skills

Research has shown that when someone gives a spoken message the listeners understanding and judgment of that message comes from:

a. 7% WORDS
Words are only labels and listeners put their own interpretation on speakers’ words.

The way in which something is said.

  • Accent,
  • Tone,
  • Inflection
  • Rate of Speech
  • Pitch at which communicated etc.

Above points are very important for listener’s understanding.

What a speaker looks like while delivering a message affects the listener’s understanding most.

VIII.Platform Skills Active Listening Skills of Trainer

Whenever a participant interrupts or responds emotionally during a lesson s/he is probably overstating his or her feelings in order to justify the outburst.  In every such case use Active Listening Skills.  Never attempt to counter, argue, defend or take sides.

  • Take the outburst as a positive contribution (smile, encourage, nod, use lubricators).
  • Successively reflect back to the participant (in the form of questions).
    • What feelings you heard being expressed. You’re upset with …?
    • You’re unhappy about…?
    • You feel that we should…?
  • Active Listening has 3 advantages:
    • You show the participant you’re interested and not defensive.
    • You allow the participant to confirm that what you heard was what s/he meant OR to correct your interpretation.
    • You quickly lead the participant to specify the EXACT problem and to suggest a solution.

IX.Platform Skills Types of Body Language

How do you use hand gestures? Sitting position? Stance?

How is your Lighthouse?

How do you position yourself in class?

How close do you sit/stand to participants?

Are looks/appearance/dress important?

Are you using facial expressions to express emotion?

X. Posture and Gesture Example – Hands

  • Steepling
    Steeple means a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top.
    It is a sign of Self Confidence (Intellectual Arrogance?)
    Platform Skills
  • Hand Clasp
    It is a sign of Anxious, Controlled
    Platform Skills
  • Nose Touch
    It is a sign of  being in Doubt.
    Platform Skills
  • “L” Chin Rest
    It is a sign of performing a Critical Evaluation.
    Platform Skills
  • Mouth Block
    It is a sign of resisting Speech
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XI. Posture and Gesture Examples – Sitting

  • Arms Up
    This position shows reserved and being defensive
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  • Arms /Leg Cross
    Express the behavior of closed and unconvinced.
    Platform Skills
  • Lean Forward
    Ready to participate.
    Platform Skills
  • Lean Back
    Shows sign of confident and , superiority.
    Platform Skills
  • Lint – Picking
    When people cannot see the larger picture of what it is we are trying to do, they will pick out some detail and pick at that. We have, many of us, had the experience of being all dressed up, ready to go somewhere and feeling pretty marvelous, when someone – a parent, a friend, even the baby-sitter – picks a small piece of lint off our outfit.

    Platform Skills
    Sign of disapproval.

XII. Posture and Gesture Standing

  • Thumbs Out
    Expresses sign of In charge, Dominant
    Platform Skills
  • Fig Leaf
    Explain self control, and being tense.
    Platform Skills
  • Arms Out Palms Up
    Open, sincere, conciliatory
    Platform Skills
  • Table Lean
    Authoritative, Involved
    Platform Skills
  • Lean On
    Unthreatened, Casual belongingness.
    Platform Skills

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