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Authenticity: How to bring it onto the stage

Featured Speaker Elizabeth Murray thinks that “respond to authenticity.” She says “they respond to someone who is passionate and who’s speaking from their heart.” However, for many newer speakers, bringing their authenticity to the stage can seem frightening or unprofessional.

To be an effective speaker, “you need to step into who you are in your own authenticity,” said Featured Speaker Ric Morgan. But how do you do that?

Authenticity: How to bring it onto the stage

Here are some tips for being authentic before an audience:

Be Spontaneous

Don’t script your entire speech, create an outline that will keep you on track. Then you can spontaneously give the details and tailor your information to the audience in real time.

Be Authentically Vulnerable

There is power in vulnerability. It creates a connection with your audience. It helps them relate to you–you’re just as human as they are. Many times, it is those vulnerable stories you tell that really bring your message home and inspire your audience to action.

Focus On Your Words, Not Your Slides

In Public Speaking Super Powers, I shared a little ditty to the tune of “The Gambler” written by Don Schlitz and popularized by Kenny Rogers:

You got to know when to use ‘em, know when to lose ‘em,
Know when to demonstrate or use a prop.
You never read your slides when you’re standin’ on the stage.
And always be prepared for when technology fails.

That pretty much sums up what you need to do with visual aids. Remember, your words are the cake. Imagery to support those words is merely icing.

Embrace Imperfection

Have you ever watched a speaker who was so polished in their presentation that you felt distanced from them? They speak at the audience rather than with the audience. A perfectly polished presentation can actually turn off an audience more than the occasional “um,” “ah,” or misspoken word. Many times, those mishaps create your most powerful moments.

If you follow these guidelines, you’ll find that you not only are more authentic, but you are also a more confident and effective speaker.


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About the author

Carma Spence, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Superpowers and turning their knowledge and interests into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

With 20+ years experience in marketing communications and public relations, natural intuitive skills and certification in using some of the most effective transformational coaching tools available, Carma’s mission and commitment is to unleash the inner power every woman entrepreneur possesses so they can boldly go out into the world, transforming the fabric of people’s lives in meaningful and positive ways.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Her website is CarmaSpence.com.

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