The first in a 7 part series on how an effective public speaker can connect his or her message to their audience.
Part 1, Believe in Yourself
If you don’t believe in you, no one else will either. Before you ever get in front of anyone, you must be convinced that you are a person worth hearing. This is not about your content or even your speaking ability. This is about your belief that you are someone worthy of the time and attention of others.
It is not enough to represent yourself as someone you would respect and take seriously. It is about being someone you would respect and take seriously were you in the shoes of your audience.
One of my 3 primary life objectives - I keep this in my Task List and give intentional thought to it every day - is to be the kind of person I would follow anywhere. What makes this such a challenge is that it is a relentlessly daily thing.
In case you have not guessed it, this is a character issue. Character is that intangible reality that gives you the kind of credibility and connectability that degrees, certifications, portfolios and résumés never will.
So if you want to connect with your audience, be a person worth believing in. Once you are, and you begin to believe in yourself, others will notice and believe in you as well.
May you daily find the strength of character you need to be truly awesome!