by Reenita Malhotra
You may have heard the mantra “fake it till you make it.” It conveys the idea that you should possess a confidence or personality that you may not actually have. And I disagree with this.
I’ve gotten into trouble in my career and life for being too honest, but I don’t regret not “fake it”. I believe that authenticity is one of the best assets we have. Thought leaders are especially in a situation where they need to build relationships with their audience. Authenticity and consistency are key to this.
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honesty means being personal
Sometimes it’s better to be silent and not be so brutally honest. In some situations, especially in a professional environment, you may want to avoid getting into your personal life as well. While there are moments when you should have clear boundaries, there are also moments when you should feel comfortable sharing things about yourself. Coming from a writing background, I see personal experiences as a way to connect with others, which is essential in thought leadership.
Believing about your own life is more personal than sharing facts about people you’ve never met or talked to. When I use my father as an example and tell stories about him, it feels more real and authentic than if I’m using someone distant and unrelated, such as Albert Einstein. People can better connect with what I’m saying and see it hit close to home for me.
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don’t be afraid to be weak
It’s okay to own your mistakes. No one is perfect all the time. When you talk about past errors or conflicts, analyze them and share what you have learned; It reflects personal growth.
When people read these experiences, they can see themselves in them and notice similar patterns in their lives. They can understand your challenges and draw knowledge in the lessons you are giving. When you reveal personal stories, it shows that you are honest and give people a chance to connect with you. This relationship leads to trust.
consistency is key
Even small things in your story can damage your credibility. When you have so much going on, it can be hard to remember every little lie you tell. This will create inconsistencies in your stories, and if you’re telling a different story each time, people will wonder what’s true and what’s not. Listeners and readers don’t buy into untrustworthy sources.
When you are truthful, you will always be consistent. Your story will stay the same, and you won’t have to live with the lies that add up over time. Even if people can’t handle your honesty, they will be happy to know that they are always going to get the truth out of you.
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Strong Communication Is Important When You’re a Leader
Thought leaders need to know how to inspire their audience and add value to the lives of others. Your voice needs credibility. If you are inconsistent in your words and adopt a person who is not honest, people will catch up, and it will only damage your relationship with your audience.
When you are in a position where you lead others, building strong communication skills and rapport is essential. Being honest helps build trust. Once this is established, people will be more likely to listen to you. And if they relate to your words and stories, it creates a connection that can help make you and your brand memorable and believable. “Fake it out” may win people over temporarily, but authenticity and consistency keep them around.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times