Getting Over Yourself

July 8, 2013

Are you going to focus on heart or on techniques?

Filed under: Observations — Barbara Rocha @ 10:26 am
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It isn’t that you can’t have both, but I’ve noticed that those who focus first on heart–on being genuine, caring about helping the audience–do a better job of incorporating any techniques that need to be considered to accomplish that purpose.

Those who start with the goal of “being a speaker,” or making a lot of money, or getting attention, tend to start by focusing on honing their technique. On copying what successful speakers do. And they tend to note all things in terms of the method rather than they heart. To me, that’s kind of putting the cart before the horse. They may accomplish all those goals but I don’t find watching and listening to them as satisfying or as powerful as those who start from a quieter place and are then able to adapt their message, and the power with which they deliver it to each audience’s needs.

My advice if you really want to be powerful is to start from a place of helping and then figuring out the best way to do it, regardless of technique. Then you’ll arrive at “techniques” that serve you well as you help your audience connect to your message.


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