TUNE UP YOUR PERFORMANCE BY WORKING ON FOUR PLATFORM SKILLS
Recently, I was among 3,000 people listening intently to a speaker deliver her message. I thought the speaker was just OK, but I was in a small minority. She was a hit. The
audience listened, laughed, and bought lots of her books.
The experience reminded me of how much latitude
there is for speaking style in our profession. We can be
grateful for the diversity of speakers, messages and styles
that clients will pay to hear. Yet, despite the vast differences between that speaker, you and me, we all succeed
or fail on stage for the same reasons. Underneath it all?
Regardless of our different backgrounds, experiences,
ideas and messages, all speakers can use the same basic
platform skills to achieve success. These building blocks
are employed many different ways to convey many different messages, but the skills are the same.
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