Sometimes Silence Speaks The Loudest
By Marianne Simon
In the Midst of All the Noise and Confusion, Sometimes Silence Speaks the Loudest.
As speakers we want to stand out, to have people take notice. But often, in the attempt to gain the attention, the tendency is to look out at what others are doing, so we strive to be funnier, louder, more daring than everyone else. Unfortunately, in focusing on what others are doing, we lose the key connection with ourselves and what makes us so unique. As a result, our message becomes diluted, and lacks authenticity.
The importance of trusting who we are really hit home this weekend when I attended an event called Awaken the Rebel, created by Shereen Faltas and Kim Girard. We were given the assignment to meet over lunch and talk about our definition of success. As part of that discussion we were to answer the questions, ‘What do we love? What makes us happy?’
We were all perfect strangers sitting around the table. Yet when I listened and watched each one share what they loved, they literally glowed with the telling. It was like watching the sunrise come up over the horizon. There was this exquisite opening of the heart as they revealed their greatest truth – what brought them joy.
I saw then – that it can be as simple as that. If we, as speakers, can connect to that light, that joy inside of us, and communicate that to the audience, then we have succeeded in our mission.
When we can claim our own voice, speak our own stories, and share our own lessons – the audience will be entranced. We don’t have to tell funny jokes, or play loud music. We don’t have to come out wearing our skivvies to entertain. We only need to be who we are.
And when we are true to that – we cannot fail.
It is as simple as that.
Marianne Simon is the founder of Speak Your Passion, dedicated to helping speakers create inspiring presentations that spread their message and build their business. With over 20 years as an actress, director & writer and 12 years experience as a landscape designer, she recognizes the power of Nature and creativity in supporting our dreams and visions. For more information contact Marianne@Speak-Your-Passion.com, or call at 310-399-4899.