"I am the vine; you are the branches." (John 15:5)

Great Communicators are Authentic

Sometimes when people speak, I get the sense that they really know their stuff and other times, I feel like they are just talking and don’t know their subject, but they do know what they are supposed to say. After thinking about this phenomenon, I realized at a point in time, that it wasn’t necessarily their knowledge or past experience that made me feel one way or the other. It was the place they were speaking from.

Great communicators don’t pretend to have struggles they don’t and they don’t pretend not to struggle where they do. Authenticity requires that we speak from the heart wherever we may be personally. We research and present truth from the perspective of where we are. People may look at us as we speak and see our struggles. If we admit them, then that’s okay because we don’t want anyone pretending to be perfect. On the other hand if we pretend to struggle where we don’t, then it sends out confusing signals to people.

As humans, we have a kind of radar that tells us when things are false. Being authentic means we don’t try to hide or mask who we really are and when we talk, we aren’t afraid to tell it like it is, even if we don’t have it all together ourselves. I can’t explain it except to say that when we speak authentically, people will know it (even if they don’t realize it) and take what we say to heart more. Try it and see!


September 9, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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