Getting Over Yourself

November 30, 2009

Myth #13: Making mistakes can destroy your credibility

Filed under: Myths — Barbara Rocha @ 12:47 pm
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If that’s what you believe, you’re more likely to make a mistake because you’re trying so hard not to.

You’ve heard: “Keep your eye on the prize,” and that’s what it takes. Mistakes aren’t the prize and not worthy of your focus. And not making mistakes isn’t the prize either.

Your goal is not to let anything interfere with delivering your message. (These people need to hear that message.) And nothing will get in the way of that — if you don’t let it.

Wrong word? Can’t think of the word? Don’t know the right word? Substitute something else that conveys the concept.

Malfunctioning equipment? Wrong slides? Difficult room setup? Focus on how to accomplish your task, use as few words as possible to deal with the problem, and move on.

The audience only wants to now, “What have you done for me lately?” Your problems or your self image aren’t their center of attention unless you make it so.

Prepare well; focus on helping your audience; and deal comfortably with any mistakes. Bring yourself and your audience back to the point and they’ll forget the mistakes.

You’ll keep your reputation and accomplish your goal.

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