When you are presenting your ideas, you don’t have to sublimate your personality. It may be your most important asset.
Effective leaders know how to inject their personality into their ideas. How?
- One, think about what you want to say. Make a well-reasoned argument.
- Two, reflect on what your words really mean. Whom do they affect? What the benefits of your ideas?
- Three, add an anecdote from your own life — or lives of people you know — to make your message more memorable and compelling.
Effective presenters connect with their audience on two levels: intellect and emotion. As a leader, you need to keep a balance between the two in order reach people’s hearts as well as their minds.
John Baldoni is chair of leadership development at N2Growth, is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2014, Trust Across America named him to its list of top 100 most trustworthy business experts. Also in 2014, Inc.com named Baldoni to its list of top 100 leadership experts, and Global Gurus ranked him No. 11 on its list of global leadership experts. Baldoni is the author of more than a dozen books, including his newest, “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership.”
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