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Basic Platform Skills: Giving a Great Presentation

This is the first of two videos on the platform skills that will make your presentation come across great. In the next one, we’ll look at some of the advanced skills that professionals use. But, in this one, let’s focus on the basics that will make you a great presenter.

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Watching this video is worth 5 Management Courses CPD Points*.
🔎 See below for details

This video is part of course module 2.2.2
Program 2: Manager as Communicator
Course 2: Presentation Skills
Section 2: Delivery

Other videos in this section include:
🎬 How to Control Your Nerves Before and During Your Presentation https://youtu.be/ztB6Qj4NnD4
🎬 Travelling to Your Presentation: Speakers Checklists for Rad Warrior Presenters https://youtu.be/n9LNTAhtWs8
🎬 Basic Platform Skills: Giving a Great Presentation https://youtu.be/ReEK7ZTK7nM
🎬 Advanced Platform Skills: Master-level Presentation Tips https://youtu.be/mOEhksbVcHs
🎬 Managing Audience Questions in Your Presentation [inc the Tough Ones!] https://youtu.be/Qygaao2pB5U

When you are presenting, four things tend to dictate your impact (rather than that of your visual aids, which I covered in an earlier video – https://youtu.be/jP2Q5Kdq_Ww)

1. Your Content
We’ve covered that, too:

So, we’ll look at the other three in the order of their impact
2. Physical Impact (body language)
3. Vocal Impact (your voice)
4. Rhetorical Impact (your words and the way you string them together)

Physical Impact
o Clothing and appearance – Who do you trust most for honest and objective feedback?
o Upright
o Symmetric
o Firm and stable
o Eye contact – scan your audience – mini-fixes at different places

Vocal Impact
o Volume (loudness)
o Pace and rhythm (speed)
o Pitch (tone) – lower = more credible – relaxation and breathing
o Modulation (emphasis, variety through sentence)
o Inflection (emphasis, variety through a word)
o Stress or emphasis of a word or phrase (with pace, volume)
o Timbre (quality)- clench and unclench jaw,
o Projection (locus)

Rhetorical Impact
o Use natural language simple words and easy grammatical structure – plain language – avoid jargon
o Sensory language
o Permissive language (you can…)
o Positive language
(processing impact of negatives)
o Make your point clearly
o Strong open and close
o Rhythm
o Repetition
o Threes
o Contrasts (this not that)
o Linking back
o Pauses and silences
o 10-minute chunks (20 min max)

Next time you are rehearsing, dedicate three rehearsals to focus on one of each at a time, in this order:
1. Physical impact – your body language (2 MC CPD Points)
2. Vocal impact – your voice (2 MC CPD Points)
3. Rhetorical impact – your words and speech patterns (2 MC CPD Points)

Free Resources
🧰 CPD Tools – https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Paid resources
🧳 Management Courses Onboarding Kit – https://gum.co/MC-ObK ($3)

My top recommendation is my own book:
📖 How to Speak so people Listen – https://geni.us/HSPL
Other Recommendations:
📖 The Presentation Book – https://geni.us/6sqr
📖 Presentation Zen – https://geni.us/mrvmeh
📖 The Pyramid Principle – https://geni.us/9cbjvBs
📖 The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs – https://geni.us/KJpG

⭕️ Links to our book recommendations are affiliated through Amazon and help support our free videos

Managers Need a Basic set of kit to do your job well. Here are my top recommendations: https://kit.co/MikeClayton/manager-s-work-kit (the links are affiliated)

I have also created a Presenter’s Kit to accompany this course:
https://kit.co/MikeClayton/presenter-s-kit (the links are affiliated)

You can record your Management Courses CPD points on our free, downloadable CPD record log.
📓 Download it at: https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Each video has two levels of MC CPD points. For this video:
– If you simply watched the video, record 5 MC CPD points
– If you also carried out all of the recommended exercises, score a total of 11 MC CPD points

00:00 – The basics of what will make you a great presenter
00:29 – Four things dictate your impact
01:22 – Your physical impact (Body Language)
03:19 – Your vocal impact
11:51 – Your rhetorical impact
14:14 – My last and greatest tip

#ManagementCourses #PresentationSkills #PlatformSkills


Managing Audience Questions in Your Presentation [inc the Tough Ones!]
Advanced Platform Skills: Master-level Presentation Tips
Travelling to Your Presentation: Speaker’s Checklists for Road Warrior Presenters
How to Control Your Nerves Before and During Your Presentation
Preparation is Key: How to Review and Rehearse Your Presentation
How to Create Excellent Visual Aids for Your Presentation
How to Make the Key Points of Your Presentation Memorable
Closing: How to Finish Your Presentation and Close with Real Impact
Open Your Presentation: How to Hook your Audience with a Great Start
Five Simple Presentation Structures for a Compelling Presentation
How to Craft a Compelling Presentation Structure
How to Craft a Compelling, Persuasive, and Powerful Presentation
How to Define Your Presentation: Defusing the B.O.M.B.
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Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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