Getting Over Yourself

October 31, 2010

Myth #1 Make it perfect

Filed under: Myths — Barbara Rocha @ 9:05 am
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But making your speech perfect probably won’t get you the results you want. Rather than be perfect, be human.

We focus on trying to be perfect because we don’t want to look like fools. It’s the wrong focus. You’ll end up being stiff and mechanical making it almost impossible to connect with your audience.

It’s more important to connect than to be perfect. When you connect, your audience will forgive you for mistakes and give you the chance to fix them.

You get more trust and have more credibility by being genuine than you do by being perfect. Better to make a mistake and be real, than to be perfect and unreachable.

So, comb your hair, organize a great message, and then get the heck out of the way and let ‘er rip.

Fie on perfection! It’s highly overrated.



October 5, 2010

Watch George Clooney pause

Filed under: Observations,Tips — Barbara Rocha @ 8:24 pm
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If you wonder just how long a pause can be, watch George Clooney as he gives speeches in “Up in the Air.” When you’re first getting the hang of pausing it seems impossible that a good long pause can drive home your point, or substantially raise your credibility quotient. But when you see/hear someone do it effectively you can’t help but be more objective about it.

So watch for it. When you gt how effective it is, it should help you let pausing be your friend.

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