"But who are you?"
This was not the question I was expecting as I was chatting with the CEO of a Speakers Bureau that I was interested in being represented by.
Typically, the conversation is about areas of expertise, experience, and audience outcomes, but this interview was going in a different direction and I was intrigued.
A compelling speaker connects to the audience with their own authenticity, storytelling, and humanity. The audience has to think and feel, "Yes, that's me too".
I was born in 1961 and so I shall shortly be version 6.2 of myself, as I thought about the CEO's question I realized that:
"I am more than the sum of my experiences, I am the sum of my reflections on those experiences, and the choices I have made as a result of those reflections."
I think I started researching, writing, and speaking about self-leadership because it was I who needed to develop my self-awareness, self-management, and self-learning.
It has been my experience that we teach best that which we found hardest to learn. When you listen to a speech, don't you want to know that the speaker has struggled and is invested in their message?
When I first started coaching and speaking, I imagined myself as a pebble dropped in a pond with the ripples of influence radiating out. As I started to work with senior leaders and Executive Leadership Teams I imagined myself as a Catalyst for Change, creating a safe environment to challenge people to take greater ownership and responsibility to be at their best.
Answering the "Who are you?" question is not easy, it takes work, but it is worth it.
This blog was written as the result of an interview with a Speakers Bureau, I have been a Global Keynote Speaker for nearly 25 years, but I have also coached countless executives to step on stage. Being able to speak professionally gives you influence and impact, but only if you are prepared.
I hope this blog has inspired you to work on getting to know, and like, yourself. We are transformed by questions and I have updated my About Andrew Bryant page to include my conclusions about who I am - at this time.
(Cover image created by #midjourney #ai)
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