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The Platform

October 25, 2010

One of the things I have tried to do in life is build platforms. A platform is something that a person stands on to preach a message, correct a wrong, pitch a sale or communicate a vision. As I have tried to build platforms, I have learned that without them you might as well be speaking to yourself in the middle of a forest, because without the platform… no one is listening. I know that I can preach till I am blue in the face, explain how good the product will look in the end, or cast the vision perfectly but without something to stand on I am working in vain.

There are many negative sides to not having a platform, I am sure that we all have experienced someone trying to speak to us without one and we all know that the result is not good. But what I want to talk about is how we build platforms in life for us to stand and speak from. Almost everyone of us has a message, whether it be the Gospel, non-profit movement, or business opportunity, we all have something that we want heard… the question is how are we making that happen.

I pose 4 things to get your idea off the ground… or to build a platform.

1. Care– Care about the actual people you are speaking to. It means so much when you are actually thinking about a personal face and not the mass crowd. Ideas are caught most when people see that you care about them just as much as you do about what you are talking about.

2. Understand background– We all have a context to our lives. There are certain things that have shaped the way we think and make decisions. When communicating an idea or building a platform one must understand the background of who you are communicating to.

3. Commit– Building a platform, speaking from a platform requires that the speaker/ communicator must commit to what he or she is doing. So let me put it this way… no one trusts someone completely if they think that, that communicator is not in it for the long haul. Think about the people who trust you the most? Why is it? You are committed to them.

4. Be selfless– People can see right through a selfish person. They know whether or not you are building a platform that is for you or the better good of humanity. When building a platform make sure that your motives are pure and clean and that they will be that way for the long term.

 

Thoughts? Helpful? Let me know. And thanks for reading!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2010 3:51 pm

    The care one is huge! They’re not gonna care about what you have to say unless they know that you care about them. Love this post!

    • Benjamin Davis permalink*
      October 25, 2010 7:23 pm

      Thanks bro! Hope all is well with you!

  2. October 25, 2010 7:53 pm

    I like it…but I think creativity is key too. Gotta have that purple cow effect

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