Well…we’re just about there!
Six more days until Christmas…so I guess this would be the official Holiday Season edition of Truth Bombs.
Thing is…I really didn’t see any amazing ones in the Christmas spirit. Maybe the season stands on its own.
And no doubt you’ve seen enough holiday stuff!
So we’ll just roll on with these gems. Enjoy!
An Authenticity Truth Bomb from Tony Rush:
A couple of years ago, I was at a “Speaker’s Training” which was described as an opportunity to learn more about communicating with live audiences.
It turned out to be a lot about how to manipulate people…..how (and when) to snap your fingers….and NOTHING that could be safely described as “honest” or “authentic”.
Finally, I thought to myself: “If I’ve got a choice of how to spend this day, the last thing I’m going to do is stay in this room”.
So, I passed my laptop to my friend and said, “Hey, can you bring this back to the hotel when you come? I’m going to get out of here and go do some shopping.”
And I left. And I went shopping.
Let me be the first to say, I’m not a professional speaker. That is, I don’t earn my living by doing speeches. (And, in fairness, neither was the guy teaching this speaker’s training.)
But, since 2005, I’ve averaged about 4 events per year speaking to 1,500-4,000 people in places like Barcelona, Rome, Sydney, Cancun, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Dallas, Bahamas, and British Columbia.
And here’s what I’ve learned: if you’ve got to use side-show carnival tricks to get someone to buy something, that’s a good indication that you either
A.) are lousy at establishing real value or
B.) the product is air and there’s no real value to establish.
What sells is AUTHENTICITY.
And I mean real authenticity. Not just people showing up onstage looking like they just rolled out of bed, skipped a bath and litter their talk with R-rated language as a way of pretending that they’re being “authentic” and “keeping it real”.
That’s just another form of show-business.
Real authenticity is rare. But when your mind is quiet and you encounter the genuine article…..you’ll recognize it. Because it’s as different from all the phonies as a diamond is from sawdust.
Here’s the cost: it requires courage.
Not the courage to curse onstage. Or to show up without a suit. Heck, anyone can do that. It’s arguable that’s become the norm.
No, real authenticity means being honest about what you’re selling….and trusting that an honest description of your product is “enough” to make the sale.
I’m not saying you can’t use sales techniques.
I’m not saying you can’t use clever copywriting.
I’m not saying you can’t make compelling calls-to-action or instill a sense of urgency.
But if you’re relying more on gimmicks and NLP and “hypnosis techniques” to make up for a product/offer/opportunity that can’t stand on its own in the marketplace….
A Loving The Earth Truth Bomb from Acacia Land:
I love laying on the sweet mama Earth. Feeling my body pressed up to it’s nourishing soil, grounding me. Fully supported and listening with my belly and ears to the ground. Bowing to all the ways it takes care of me, takes care of life. Letting it inform my body of it’s potential to create with nature in harmony.
A You Are A Star Truth Bomb from Jeff Brown:
I am all for respecting remarkable people, but there is a fine line between healthy respect and unhealthy adulation. If only we got as excited about saying hello to the stars within us as we do to the stars outside of
us, the world would be a much healthier place.
So let’s give it a try- Ask yourself for your own autograph now and then. Scream with delight when you see yourself in the mirror. Hide behind a tree and take a picture of yourself when you walk out from behind it. Send yourself some fan mail.
Fame begins at home.
A Divine Consciousness Truth Bomb from me:
The God Force/Divine Consciousness/Righteous Dude in your adversary wants you to be thrilled, happy, joyful…and move on from whatever pain you’ve experienced from your interactions with them.
And your inner Righteous Dude wants the same for them.
And Finally, a Change Truth Bomb from LaGina Love :
Many people want to change the world but not many want to change themselves. Change begins with YOU!
First be the change you would like to see in the world. We can do it….ONE person at a time.
Which of these Truth Bombs KABOOMED you the hardest?
Got any of your own to add?
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