Last month, I spent some time with a client and her fiancé, who is very big in the world of the mind and mental improvement. Upon being introduced, he posed the following question: "What's your superpower?" Without missing a beat, I said, "Empathy."
Each time I am asked to speak, I provide a written introduction. And each time the designated introducer receives it, without fail, they say something like, "I'm not going to read it - I'm just going to say a few words." Translation: "I want to do it my way."
Umm. no. It's not about you.
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There was a great article in Forbes by Sir Richard Branson. The most interesting thing about it was his admission that he hates making speeches, because he gets nervous. Still, he has to deliver a lot of them and, thus, recognized early on that if he were going to become a success, he'd better learn to get good at it.