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Be Yourself to Win Over Skeptical Audiences

This is a guest post from Halina St. James, Podium Media & Communications Coaching. She wrote it as part of a series she’s doing, and I think the message of Commandment #1 is equally important in the social media world, so I asked if I could share it with you here. Enjoy!

Commandment #1: Be Yourself

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Dr. Seuss from the book Happy Birthday to You

If you want to feel good speaking or presenting, and you want to connect with your audience, it’s really important that you speak and behave the way you always do. Audiences are bombarded with information – and misinformation – everywhere they turn. They are skeptical. What is it about your or your message that will convince them of your credibility?

There is nobody else on this earth who thinks like you, walks like you or talks like you. Even identical twins are not 100% identical, according to scientists. So capitalize on this uniqueness.

The key ingredient of being a great speaker – and a success in life – is authenticity. Be who you are – not who you think you should be.

  • Don’t try to sound like someone else.
  • Don’t use gestures that are foreign to you.
  • Don’t use words you would never use on a regular basis in conversation with a friend. Many people think they have to use big words, in complex sentences, when they speak in public. They believe that’s the way to convince the audience of their intelligence. It’s not.

One sure way to stand out from the crowd is not to sound like everyone else. Trust yourself. Be yourself.

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Comments (2)

  • Daley Progress Inc. Reply

    So true… for newsletters too! I missed this on Halina’s blog so thanks for sharing. (Love the pic!)

    March 13, 2013 at 9:11 am
    • Anita Hovey Reply

      I’m not sure it was on their blog anyhow… I saw it in their newsletter 🙂

      March 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

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