Chapter 1

It starts with authenticity

Key wisdom from this chapter

  • Authenticity wins: audiences are increasingly looking for speakers they trust – and showing you’re a genuine human being is the best way to win them over.
  • Speaking from the heart is not just ‘fluff’ – it works: if a speaker engages the emotions of an audience, they are more able to influence them.
  • With authenticity comes power: knowing that you’re being authentic gives you unshakeable solidity in your public speaking.
  • Purpose beats nerves: when you have a purpose behind your speaking, it becomes more important than any nerves you might be feeling.
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