Be Real

Authenticity speaks louder than the words we say. It's what audiences listen for in between what's said. It's the key to connecting what you want to communicate with the people you want to listen.

I've worked with a lot of people who have the idea that they could never speak in public. They could never perform. But that's just not true. Great public speaking doesn't always have to look like Bill Clinton's charismatic hand gestures or Martin Luther King's persuasive vibrato. Much of the time it's just someone speaking their truth in a way that speaks to us.

Imagine speaking to a friend - or imagine a friend speaking to you. What sort of conversation evokes trust? Kinship? What tones are used? How do we say the words we want to say?

It's this natural way of communicating that can be brought in front of strangers. When we are relating to our audiences the way we relate to our friends - as human beings to connect with - we can foster the trust that authenticity allows.

The key to fostering authenticity isn't about developing some new technique. It's about breaking habits that get in the way.

What habits keep you from your authentic voice?


About Justin

Justin Follin is an Executive presentation and performance coach/consultant. He specializes in working with public speakers, visionaries, performers and organizational leaders to 'up their game' in front of any audience. His unorthodox approach combines mindfulness, leadership development training, improvisational exercises and executive coaching tools to transform his clients’ abilities to inspire and lead. His work helps speakers and performers connect with audiences, better articulate core messages, and shift their ability to deliver big impact, dynamic presentations in high pressure situations. In a short amount of time, Justin’s clients experience far greater freedom and ease on stage an off--many overcoming long standing public speaking or stage anxiety in a matter of weeks. Along with his private consulting work, he is a communications and marketing lead for a global leadership and management consultancy as well as a singer, songwriter and bandleader in Austin, Texas.
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