Why you have what you need right now to be a great communicator
The genuine relief and emotion on the faces of the rescued Chilean miners and their families was priceless. I was moved to tears as they thanked the men that had brought them to the surface after 69 days underground.
The power of a moment like that is unforgettable, and the visceral reaction that it can evoke is a reminder of the powerful connection that we humans share. It is this connection that is the conduit for excellent communicators. Authenticity will always draw us in more than honed skills or practiced rhetoric.
For example, just the other night, my friend shared the incredible experience of hearing Mother Theresa speak at a Presidential Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. years ago. Picture at this meeting the leaders from churches and representatives of organizations from around the world. Of course, our President and First Lady (at this time it was President Clinton) are there seated at the dais as Mother Theresa speaks:
She captures this room of hundreds of people–not with her gestures or oratory skills but her simplicity of purpose and genuine emotion. Her love for the children and passion for her work magnetize this audience some of who have been listening to political speeches nearly on a daily basis for decades.
Soft-spoken and humbly dressed, Mother Theresa is considered one of the most captivating keynote speakers in the history of those Presidential Prayer Breakfasts.
I do not mean to dilute the value of lessons learned; skills are extremely important. I teach them on a daily basis, but the number one ingredient to communicating on a memorable emotional level is authenticity.
Release your cares of what others think of you, your outfit, your hair, your business experience and share, with transparency, your passion. Not only will you connect more, but you will also have a sense of freedom that you will never want to give up once you experience it!
It may seem that this is easier said than done. It may require the help of a coach in order to remove any preconceptions and fears that inhibit your transformation to a truly authentic communicator, but it is well worth it!
The process of releasing your inner authentic self are life-changing. You will find that you
• Approach conversation in a different way, and
• You will attract those that share your vision; they may be liaisons, clients or customers.
• You will be sharing your vision and information in a way that feels good to you, and to others.
Showmanship has its place, but a most humble servant of the Lord captured the President’s crowd in Washington, D.C. all those years ago with the sharing of her heart and a clear determination to change the world, one person at a time. May she inspire you today.