(For those of you who like the state of Texas, USA… hold your horses, I’m about to give you a compliment. Keep reading…)
My husband and I completed our first nine months of German language classes this month. Whew! We learned more than 1700 vocabulary words and feel much more confident about holding simple conversations.
However, there were LOTS of times I didn’t know the answer. Or I wasn’t sure of the answer.
But I remembered advice from some of my network marketing mentors who hail from the Lone Star State: “Go Big or Go Home.”
It’s an encouragement, to not be timid about what you do in life. Steer clear of bombast, yet have some neutral-to-confident attitude even when you’re learning. Don’t assume you’re always right… and don’t assume you’re always wrong.
So I decided I could do that with my voice. I forced myself to enunciate clearly and speak in a plenty-loud voice so everyone in the classroom could hear me.
And when wrong, I accepted the correction gracefully.
In learning languages or in business, when you’re starting out (or learning a new skill), you will be wrong a lot before you’re right most of the time. You won’t know all the answers. The product or delivery might need tweaking. You might need to practice more after your second presentation than you did prior to your first.
And you might surprise yourself by how often you’re “right” or moving effectively toward your goal. How even a flawed presentation can enroll new business partners. How being honest that you don’t know the answer can dramatically increase trust.
Speak with a voice that your audience can hear. And be willing to accept your stumbles as part of the process.
–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™
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