top of page

Speakers: Authenticity Connects. . .


0You to Your Audience!

WE’RE IN THE ELECTION SEASON! Candidates are debating and delivering speeches. Speakers can learn from comments like these:  •  “He’s Authentic.” •  “She’s scripted, and not Authentic.” •  “That candidate is connecting with me.” •  “I have no confidence in them.” •  “I trust them.” •  “They don’t seem real when giving their stump speeches.” •  “The words they are speaking don’t match their nonverbal communication. I believe what I see!”

Those perceived as Authentic make a better connection with potential voters than those regarded as not being genuine. If we think they are faking their Authenticity, we don’t trust them. This holds true for speakers, also. If the audience doesn’t believe, and trust you, they’ll tune you out.

Trying to be seen as Authentic, often come across as faking it. One example is stiff and unnatural gesturing. Our gut tells us, “Something isn’t right.” NonVerbal communication trumps verbal communication; i.e. we believe what we see.

Another observation is: No one wants to be lectured to or talked down to. This goes for speakers, also. We can learn a lot about presentation skills and connecting, or not connecting, with an audience, by observing candidates.

Let’s look at a few ways to be Authentic:

  1. Appearance.

  2. If you look like royalty, the audience probably won’t feel a connection with you.

  3. On the other hand, if you’re wearing jeans and a plaid shirt for the first time, you’ll “feel a little different” and your body language will convey this.

  4. No bling, wild scarves, or crazy plaid jackets.

  5. That kind of clothing and accessories are Clutter!

  6. Think “Steve Jobs” look.

  7. Blue jeans, black turtleneck sweater, sneakers.

  8. Perhaps, not quite that casual, but dress plain – simple – no distractions!

  9. Invest the time, effort, and possibly money, to discover your “Season.”

  10. Have you ever seen a jacket or other piece of clothing in a store window, or on a mannequin and thought, “Wow! I would look sharp wearing that!”

  11. You spend more money than you intended, take the purchase home, put it on while standing in front of a full-length mirror and say to yourself, “Hmm. This does not look as good on me as it did on the dummy.”

  12. Each of us look better wearing clothing with certain colors; not-so-good wearing clothing with other colors. (I’m a “Winter” and look best in black, white, and dark blue clothes.)

  13. Have your “Colors” done and find your “Season” to help your appearance make the best first impression!

  14. Language.

  15. People are not impressed with language they don’t understand. No one like to feel stupid.

  16. Buzz words, acronyms, and techno-speak will turn off potential voters, and an audience.

  17. Message.

  18. A message must be consistent to all people.

  19. Changing it, based upon the audience, gives the wrong message, and doesn’t show as being Authentic.

  20. Customize your message for specific audiences, but don’t change the message.

  21. NonVerbal Communication Trumps Verbal Communication.

  22. Keep in mind, people believe what they see!

  23. If there is a disconnect between what you are speaking and the facial expressions, gestures, and body language you’re showing, the audience will believe the nonverbal signals you’re giving.

Use these suggestions to gain Authenticity, and I guarantee your next presentation will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!


About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and the author of the books, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and “NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know: We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. Perception is reality, and we like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with – NO SWEAT!


  1. Keynote Speaker

  2. Workshop Facilitator

  3. Breakout Sessions

  4. Public Speaking and Presentation Coaching


  1. Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking with – NO SWEAT!

  2. Crafting Your Elevator Speech, Floor by Floor with – NO SWEAT!

  3. Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

  4. We are All Self-Employed!

314-517-8772 Connect/Follow me: FaceBook LinkedIn Twitter YouTube

#PresentationSkillsTrainingStLouis #CommunicationSpecialistStLouis #PresentationCoachMissouri #PresentationSkillsStLouis #ExecutivePresentationCoachStLouis #effectivespeaking #Communication #ConcludingaSpeech #StLouisKeynoteSpeaker #PublicSpeakingSeminarsStLouis #FredMillerSpeaker #ExecutiveSpeechCoachMissouri #PublicSpeakingTrainingStLouis #publicspeakingskills #KeynoteSpeakerMissouri #executivepresentationtrainingstlouis #Delivery #SpeakerCoach #PublicSpeakingSkillsTrainerStLouis #StLouis #PresentationSeminarsStLouis #Communicating #Speaking #KeynoteSpeaker #NoSweatPresentations #SpeechLessonsStLouis #GivingaSpeech #PresentationCoach #PresentationSkillsCoachStLouis #ClosingaSpeech #presenting #PresentationWorkshopsStLouis #ExecutiveSpeechCoachStLouis #CommunicationsSpecialistStLouis #CommunicationSkillsSeminarsStLouis #ExecutiveSpeechCoaching #PublicSpeakerStLouis #Powerpoint #presentationskills #CommunicationsSeminarsStLouis #PublicSpeakingTrainerStLouis #AnsweringQuestions #PresentationSkillsTrainerStLouis #PowerpointPresentationTrainingStLouis #SpeakingCoach #StLouisPresentationCoach #KeynoteSpeakerStLouis #PresentationCoachingStLouis #SpeakingCoachMissouri #SpeakerCoachStLouis #presentation #SpeechCoachingStLouis


bottom of page