As facilitators, trainers, and group leaders, our role often entails many of
the challenges of public speakers. We must, by definition, be in front
of the room addressing our groups as leaders to help align and serve their
collective purpose. This role requires that we get and command attention,
motivate and inspire, and garner the respect required for us to effectively
With that said, most of us dread speaking in public. But this is true
only to the degree we believe that we have to be somebody we're not. When
we operate from our authentic selves, we discover magical connections
to our audience and ourselves, and we express ourselves effortlessly.
The following 10 questions take the concept of "Becoming an Authentic
Performer" to a deeper, more practical level. Read these, try them
on, and let us know how they resonate with you.
10 Questions to Discovering Your 'Authentic Performer.' So how
do you become an authentic performer? Ask yourself the following 10 questions
- when you can say 'yes' to each of these, public speaking will become
one of your greatest joys.
I feel good in front of an audience? When you're "on," it feels good. It feels right. You're at your
best when you feel good, and being at your best makes you and others feel
good. It's a feedback loop provided by your biology to let you know that
you're in the flow of life. Any struggle, pushing, or forcing goes against
the flow and is off course.
2. Is my audience feeling good? The same rule in #1 above, applies
to your audience. If you're having fun and feeling good, it's contagious.
You're audience will pick up on this. When you are connected to your audience
and they feel your positive feelings, your energies converge and you grow
3. Am I rediscovering myself as I speak? Speaking in public, and
hearing your own voice and words, is a process of self-discovery. When
we slow down and speak from our passionate heart, we are in touch with
ourselves, and what we say is often quite surprising. This is very different
from the fast-paced, mind-chatter that we are used to hearing inside our
heads. The heart is always more revealing. Speaking from our heart before
an audience is a high-speed personal growth experience.
4. Are my
words coming through as if they were from another source? The excitement
of being on stage, the energy of your audience, and the group consciousness
is all directed to and through you. Maintaining the observer position
allows you to witness the flow of energy, emotions and thoughts, and with
this, your soul is presented with an opportunity to speak. Take it. When
you relax and speak from the "witness," you will be surprised
to see that your soul shows up. And what your soul says is always perfect
for you and for your audience in the moment.
5. Is my
speech almost poetic or prose-like? When your soul is speaking, your
voice tone, cadence, and rhythm will be different than your usual dialogue.
This deeper self is in service to delivering your message. And the message
is from a higher source. No wonder it sounds like poetry. Your energetic
self communicates with fewer words more efficiently. Your audience "gets
it" and so do you.
6. Is my
voice peaceful, direct, harmonic, and clear? When you're speaking
from an authentic place, you feel no fear. You speak from deep in your
belly, from your natural soul voice, without the distraction of "filler"
words. You speak your truth as it occurs to you in the moment without
apology. You are the conductor and your words the symphony.
7. Do new
creative ideas of the "group mind" arise from nowhere? When
you operate from your authentic presence, every performance will be different,
even when presenting the same information. We are all different people
every day, at least in subtle ways, and our different audiences bring
a unique blend of energy to the room. When we are attuned to our environment,
and ourselves, we will express new creative ideas and insights that are
even new to us. You are at the source of creation.
8. Are most
of the participants onboard? When you're speaking, you can tell when
your audience is with you and when they're not. There are of course non-verbal
cues and there are subtle energetic cues. When you are attuned to your
audience, you feel their support, you know they are getting what the came
9. Are the
silences powerful and synchronistic? The use of silence in your presentations
is a powerful tool. Without space between the notes, music just isn't
possible. When you stop at appropriate times, there is a quality to the
silence between your words--a fullness--that let's you know what you say
is resonating with your audience.
10. Do I
feel my energy expanding beyond previous boundaries, including others
in the group? There are times when people align, open, and unite in
such a way as to experience the "group mind". This is a tangible
and accessible entity. Learn to be open to, appreciate, and create this
in your relationships. Let the universal group mind lead your energy and
awareness beyond your perceived boundaries. When this happens, your authentic
presence is bigger than life!
These are subtle
questions - you obviously can't stop and think about the answers in the
midst of a group session, but you can get into the habit of using these
questions to evaluate each group situation. The more you do this, the
more conscious you'll become of what distracts you from being an authentic
performer, allowing you to improve the next time around. Soon, there will
be nothing in the way - your authenticity will simply be a part of who
you are as a public speaker.
Be Heard Now, by Lee Glickstein
As followers of Lee Glickstein's popular seminars attest, effective public speaking isn't the result of being over-prepared or having a slick delivery. It's actually a creative, interactive process relying on the speaker's natural presence and willingness to be "in the moment." Now Glickstein shares his dramatically successful "transformational speaking" approach, showing that the key to successful public speaking lies in spiritual principles that emphasize self-realization and authenticity. Be Heard Now! teaches you how to:
Heal your "inner speaker" and overcome your fear of exposure
- Project a genuine, personal presence to enhance your overall performance
- Develop a keen awareness of the audience and benefit from their response
- Use humor and vulnerability to captivate your listeners
- Apply four essential components to write a successful speech
With Glickstein's compassionate, realistic approach, Be Heard Now! can help anyone become a confident, jitter-free public speaker whose ideas flow freely and persuasively.