Be unique
Be unique


How to Beat “The Air-Brushed Syndrome”

Are you a perfectionist?  Many people feel they have to be perfect in everything they do.     For instance, we often hear stories of young women who have become anorexic, bulimic, or have lost their sense of confidence because they feel they can’t live up to the cover models on magazines.  These young women don’t realize that cover models have been airbrushed to have moles removed, their waists, hips and thighs whittled down, not a hair out of place, and made up to the hilt.  In a word, they look perfect!

Stripped of the wizardry of the airbrush artist, the hairdresser, and the makeup artist, the same model in reality is often a very Plain Jane.  Just like the Wizard of Oz, beneath the façade can lie a simple, unremarkable face.

Similarly, people who watch speakers on TV or in live situations often feel that they have to be like them.  People set unrealistic expectations for themselves which may prove hard to live up to. That sets you up for disappointment.

The greatest misconception is that you have to be perfect, you have to memorize your presentation and not read a speech or presentation from a piece of paper or note cards.

Realize that the celebrity speaker who is on T.V. or in the public eye is:

  •  often looking into a teleprompter which is an electronic version of a script; or
  • may have their speech on the podium, but deliver it so that it’s not noticeable to most in the audience; or
  • may be highly experienced and have been delivering the same presentation over and over.

Because Person A, B, or C may do things one way doesn’t mean you have to.  Your script is your roadmap, and good speakers “deliver,” rather than read, their script.

Remember, you are you, and you are unique.  Each person has his or her own unique personality. 

DON’T LEAVE YOUR PERSONALITY AT THE DOOR.  Be comfortable with who you are and ….

 Celebrate who you are!!!

© Kundell Communications

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