Chapter 12 – Platform Dynamics
Posture & Movement
•Relax & in control
•Stand up & spread your feet about 6”-8” apart, parallel to each other with toes pointed
•Flex your knees & put your weight on the bal ls of your feet (will help stop swaying
•Take at least 2 steps, then get back into position, do not pace
•Getting physically closer to your audience increases its attention and interest &
•Accepted public distance zone: 12-25 ft.
•Smaller group: 4-12 ft. & occasionally get as close as 18” to 4 ft.
•Stand up straight & face the audience head-on, arms relaxed & hanging down at your
•Head up high, chin up
The Eyes Have It
•Think of the audience as sitting in a “Z” formation, start with a familiar or friendly face,
3-5 seconds, then move on in a Z around the room
Facial Expressions - Smile! Practice will help, videotape, or reminder in your speech notes
Body Language – sit up straight, hand above the table, use gestures & make eye contact