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Your mistakes may be the most significant thing you share

Posted on June 8, 2018

Your mistakes may be the most significant thing you share

When I wrote my book, Formulate A Winning Presentation, I interviewed 10 expert speakers. One of the questions I asked them was, “What do you wish you knew when you started that you know now?”. Every single one of them shared some mistake they had made, or a mistaken belief that held them back.

Often times speakers want to paint a rosy picture. “Do this and get these results!” “Try this product and increase your profitability!” “Learn these new communication techniques and solve the office bickering!”

For me, even if I’m not being sold something, I feel like I’m being “sold”. In fact, one of my least favorite phrases is, “All you have to do is…” because what that means is that I am going to have hours of frustration not being able to do this thing!

What I truly appreciate is the speaker who shares their failures, their missteps, their frustrations… because I trust what they say next.

As a speaker, are you willing to share your mistakes?

Becoming significant means helping others
see down the path you’ve been down…
a “forecast” of things to come.