An audience of one
Many of us spend a lot of time doing one-to-one networking.
I like to think of it as an audience of one. Many of us act entirely differently when having a one-on-one conversation.
We never think of it as talking to an audience, yet we are talking to an audience, an audience of one.
We have less fear our heart isn’t pounding, our palms aren’t sweaty.
Why is that?
I may have an answer.
All through life, starting as early as kindergarten, we have gravitated toward that “one” person who makes us comfortable and is easy to talk with.
We have become much more comfortable in a one-to-one situation.
It has become natural to talk to someone face to face.
At first, I emphasize that we feel it is much more challenging to step up to an audience of 50 or perhaps even 500.
When I deliver workshops, I remind all attendees not to think of it as an audience of many and start to think of it as one audience.
Make-believe and behave the same way you would in a one-to-one and have a conversation with your audience.
To simplify it even more, when you have a large audience, you can talk to one person, one section, one group, or the audience as one.
Authenticity, be yourself, be OK with you.
What holds us back from reaching out, making connections, having conversations, and building relationships?
Most importantly, what keeps us back from Standing Out?
What makes it difficult for us to reach out and talk to people?
I know for myself it was always the hidden self-image that I had. This poor self-image held me back from being the best I could be for a long time.
The only answer was for me to re-create the image I held of myself.
By shifting how I looked and thought about myself, I lined myself up for success and fulfillment.
Our success in any undertaking will never be greater than the image we have of ourselves.
Our self-image is our concept of the sort of person we are. It determines what we believe we can accomplish.
Our self-image was very likely unconsciously formed from past experiences: our successes and failures, our humiliations and wins.
This picture and our opinion will determine how we conceive other people’s reactions, significantly affecting our success.
No person and no circumstance on earth can prevent us from improving our self-image.
The degree to which we enhance the image we hold of ourselves will be in exact proportion to the amount of truth we can honestly accept and the amount of positive change we put into engineering our new self-image.
What change can you make today to create a better self-image tomorrow?
Be Your Personal Best!