So he looked at me like I had two heads.
It was a simple question.
The answer could have gone a number of different ways.
But, sadly predictable, it didn’t.
He said, “None”.
Not one time that he could think of did his fellow employees say thank you for what he does to make things nice for them.
Note: I’m talking to the person in the mirror. Please don’t take this personally.
The reason you wait is because you are afraid. You are afraid because you are unsure of yourself. You are unsure of yourself because:
- You don’t have enough experience
- You have been burned before
- Your weaknesses may be exposed
- You fear rejection
- You fear failure
- You may even fear success
Like I said, please don’t take this personally, I’m only talking to the person in the mirror. Ya with me?
Please listen carefully. This simple fact about public speaking may be the key to becoming a more effective leader.
But only if people listen very carefully, and not rush through this.
Here’s the truth about being a Professional Speaker:
- If you look out at your audience and they look bored, you’re boring them
- If you look out and they are on fire, you lit it
Leaders hate to admit they sometimes stink are not highly effective. This makes them look bad and feel horrible. Who wants that?
But the simple truth is, if the people around you don’t seem passionate about their work, their mission, their customers, guess what?
PS. If your team is on fire with passion, mission, service, guess what?