Advice for Public Speakers When You Don’t Feel “Dynamic”

I’m meeting for coffee with one of the wise Italian Mamas, and I lean over to share my deepest fear about the coming year of travel for speaking events.

“What if I’m no longer dynamic as I age? I’m not the same! I don’t always have the same energy!”

She grabs me by the hands, looks me in the eyes, and says:

“You don’t have to be dynamic, just authentic.”

Her words sing in my heart all day and into the night. I don’t have to be dynamic. Energy isn’t the point. It’s authenticity. It’s bringing me to the stage–and God within me–no matter what my age, ability, or energy level.

We want authentic. (Sometimes I’m dynamic, too. But mostly, I want authentic.)

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