Kurt Cobain once said, “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.” During these uncertain and ever-changing times people are searching for the truth. With regard to speakers, we are looking for new ways to accelerate our personal power to consistently live what they give. We don’t want fake, phony, ego or pretend. And we want aspirational not pedestal. Just as our clients do.
Going forward, our businesses will hit a glass ceiling if we are less authentic. Audiences are more learned, critical and sensitive. They’ve become deep thinkers. And they expect speakers to focus on performance not popularity.
2020 was not the year anyone thought it was going to be. For some, initially, the pandemic took the microphone right out of our hands. For others it provided much-needed “be still” and “reflection” time. For Dr. James Smith, Jr., 2020 challenged him to be more authentic than he ever was in the past. It challenged him to reexamine how he ran his speaking business and how he lived his life. He determined that he had been pursuing authenticity all his life but had not reached the level he needed to make the impact that he could.
During this quick-paced session you will:
This is a massive opportunity for speakers. Let’s take a look at our keynotes, models, approaches, social media and business strategies to see where we can be more authentic. The old version of ourselves is not going to be relevant today and in the future.
About Dr. James Smith, Jr CSP
For over 20 years, hundreds of thousands of people, both national and international audiences of all sizes, have experienced the passion, creativity, storytelling, unshakeable positivity and mind-shifting power of Dr. James Smith, Jr. CSP. Dr. James is a lightning rod in the professional and personal development spaces, creating performance breakthroughs for organizations, teams and individuals looking to improve in the areas of authenticity, diversity and inclusion, personal power, leadership, presentation and/or facilitation skills.
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