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?