“Flaws are just projected fears… I used to create fear by comparing myself to others, my younger past, and my not-yet-manifested greatness. I have learned that if we feel internally imprisoned, no amount of money or outside praise will ever make us feel free. So shatter what no longer matters, get into your glory, share your story and your true colors. True success lives in how we perceive ourselves.” – Renee Airya.
When the Ancient Greeks used to make pottery, many of the pieces came out with visible cracks and
blemishes. The sellers wanted to hide these visible defects because they believed that the pieces
appeared damaged and nobody was going to buy them. Therefore, they covered the flaws with wax.
Interestingly, when the buyers came in to purchase the pottery, they wanted to pay more for the pieces with the visible flaws. The buyers saw these pieces as authentic and real.
Did you know that the word “sincere” actually stems from the Latin word, “insinceras” meaning
Is it possible that…
Flaws are actually the gateways to our sincerity?
Flaws are access points to recover unshakable confidence?
Flaws are the golden keys to discovering our uniqueness?
If you can answer yes to even one of those questions, my big question for you is, how can you begin today, to start expressing yourself with more sincerity in the world?
Why does this story of Greek pottery and expressing your authenticity relate to presentation skills?
Sincerity and authenticity are as elemental in presentations and communication skills as they are in other aspects of life. I have seen many presenters fall into the “smart trap” when presenting. We work so hard to be refined and eloquent that we overcompensate and come across as monotonous, egg-headed and unmistakably boring. We have all certainly heard (and agonized through) presentations like this.
How is it that eminent communicators manage to charm and connect with their audiences while
sounding smart? It is because they are open and sincere.
There is no universal one-fits-all approach to presenting. We all have different personalities, of course, and we all have unique qualities and talents to offer the world. Whether you are energetic or reserved, it is very important to be yourself. When you are passionate about what you do, your enthusiasm will shine naturally.
For example, let’s take a look at the CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer. He emanated so much passion
when he presented that his uninhibited, winded dancing became a YouTube phenomenon (see below).
On the other end of the spectrum, we have Susan Cain, whose style was very subdued when she gave
one of the most illustrious talks at Ted 2012, “The Power of Introverts” (see below).