It’s been awhile since I have written a post, and I think it is because inspiration doesn’t have a clock. It doesn’t know when it has been a week since your last post, although most social media these days seems to remind you constantly! Today I want to provide a little bit of perspective to people about being real. As I sit here developing a training that I am giving soon, I am thinking about approaching the topic of authenticity. I am often told after a webinar, training or speaking in front of a group, “I love listening to you speak, you are so real”. At first I never realized what the “so real” part meant. I usually brushed it off and thought maybe they said that because of the topic, maybe they can relate to my journey, or maybe it’s because I don’t have a radio voice and just sound like an average Joe, who knows! It doesn’t matter they enjoyed it, right?
Over time I have come to realize that it is because I make mistakes! The key is what do you do when you make a mistake. I read an article called Humility vs Modesty that has a great perspective as to what Humility is; “It means that while we declare our strengths to others, we also remain aware of our weaknesses and acknowledge them to self and others.” This definition helped me realize that a lot of how I handle my mistakes when in front of others actually helps people to feel closer to me, and therefore pay more attention to what I am saying. We feel compelled to be so prepared, and so polished that it becomes more about the presentation than it does about the content. Simon Sinek shares a great exampleabout this when speaking to a room of presenters about losing his train of thought. Rather than just rolling through and playing it off, he actually used it as a point people can relate too, and created engagement.
So put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to make a mistake. When you do make one, turn it into something fun. Relate it to your audience it will show you are real person which develops trust. If you are looking to develop better results from your training, from your speaking or even from your one on one interactions don’t be afraid to be real. Humility can be a valuable thing 😉