Do you find you sometimes forfeit “you” in work scenarios? Do you edit out some of your amazing and best qualities because they don’t seem “professional”? Do you feel you leave out your heart and your empathy and then feel disjointed or disconnected?
Two common habits that separate us from our innate skills are hiding out in a vocal monotone and removing emotion from vocal communication. Vocal variation carries more information for our audience making it easier to understand our message. Evidence of emotion makes it easier for our audience to trust us.
These two habits cut us off from our amazing unique skill set and personality – the traits that set us apart and make us successful.
Let’s risk it and get out of your own way to share the unique caring human we are. Yes, that is professional. Most of us want to work with people with ideas – not simply ideas with a person attached.
Don’t eliminate “you” when it’s “you” that makes it work.
written by Hilary Blair