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Being Yourself

Being Yourself
When first presenting, many presenters think, “It is not OK to be
myself!” The more presenting we did, the more we realised that
we got the best results when we were spontaneously being who
we are, rather than doing any pretending. In any kind of training
or presentation, being truly yourself is more than enough. In fact:
Being you is all you’ll ever need.
Most people need to let out more of who they really are. The more
of you that is available to the audience, the more they will be able
to connect and bond with you, and feel comfortable with you.
Some relevant self-disclosure lets the audience get to know you as
a person, rather than as a disembodied source of information. But
this does not mean you have to reveal all of your private life to the
audience. It means that you have to remove the barriers, so that
the true you can emerge - the lively, spontaneous, playful, ener-
getic self that you really are.
I Remember in the previous chapter what happened in Exercise 5
where you silently matched the other person. When you have rap-
port with an audience, they will be in the same state as you. If you
are agitated, or stressed, your audience will also start feeling that,
but they won’t know why. If you are balanced, calm, and OK
about being yourself, they will feel balanced, calm, and OK about
being themselves. Everything is then going to be much easier.
Fearful or comfortable?
If you have any fears about presenting, then the next thing is for
you to let them go. First, you need to find out where you are right
now on that score.
Of course, you may have no fear at all. Not everyone experiences
fear about training or presenting. They never learned how to be
fearful, so they calmly carry on presenting, totally balanced and
You need to differentiate between feeling fearful and feeling
excited. It is quite normal for even the most seasoned presenter to
feel the rush of adrenalin just before they go on stage. And this
helps them put more fire into their presentation or training. If you
were totally relaxed or laid back, it might be difficult to impart
any enthusiasm for your message and motivate anyone else.

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