What is it that allows some people to hold an audience in the palm of their hand every time they speak? What do they have that makes people sit up and listen and in many cases propel those same people to action.
In a word, it is their ability to be authentic - their practice in being authentic - their habit of being authentic in all of their communication, not just group presentations.
People who are authentic suspend their ego when speaking and stay true to their natural preference of communicating. Whatever their combined style - relaxed, formal, humourous, elegant,animated, soft spoken, confident, graceful, powerful, sensitive, professional (and there are as many styles as there are individuals) they remain true to their natural nature. Authentic people take all of the tips and techniques that abound for public speaking and overlay them on the foundation of their naturalness. That means they don't attempt to impress, they attempt to connect. They leave their ego at the door and make it all about the person (s) they are speaking with.
If you are in touch with your authenticity you have nodded all the way through this entry.
If you would like to explore your authenticity read the next post February 2011 for more information.