This means when you are on stage never try to put on an act or mimic or model another person. Instead honour yourself and the values you uphold.
Avoid This Mistake!
One of the biggest mistakes I see new speakers make on stage is when they try to be someone other than themselves. Public speaking tip number one! Never do this!! Do not try to be someone you are not. Do not model some polished hotshot American speaker you’ve seen, or try and be some kind of stand up comedian or anything other than your true self
The irony is – when you are your true self – this is when you have the most impact!
People really respond to authenticity. Audiences are not dumb – they can spot when someone is putting on an act. So when someone is true to his or herself on stage people connect to this on much deeper level.
Ask Permission To Be You!
Well, if you’re not confident on stage or you have fear about public speaking – you could ask the audience: “Is it ok if once in a while I have to use my notes?” or “Is it ok once in a while if use my power-point presentation because this is my first time presenting this material.’ Your audience will respect your honesty and will warm to your authentic self far more than if you were to stand on stage and try to blag it.
You Don’t Have To Be Super-Human!
When you admit to your flaws and admit you’re not a super-human, people like that element of truth. When they trust you . . . they’re far more likely to buy off you too.
Here’s another public speaking tip for you and maybe even more important than the last. The first person you need to ask permission off is yourself. Yes, it is acceptable to be you! Authenticity comes from a place of acceptance and compassion. It also comes from a place of self-worth.
Is who you are worth sharing with the world?
Authenticity is peeling back the layers of the surface identity to reveal the bright, shining light of YOU.
So this week, think about how authentic you are on stage or in your business. If you’re not as authentic as you think you could be, ask yourself why and what steps you can take toward your own personal and professional authenticity.