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Episode Info: Platform masters know how to be authentic. They know how to own the spotlight. They know how to create magic moments! Today, we begin a conversation about how to cross that undeniable line from being good to being a master… and that line is called 'Showmanship.' There are three areas I want to talk about that best defines how to be the right kind of showwoman or showman, in the right way for you… no matter what your style or personality. First, we will talk about (1) Being True To My Authentic Self, then we will look at (2) Owning the Spotlight and (3) Create Magic Moments.   Being True To My Authentic Self Authentic means being true to who you are. Genuine. It means not allowing anyone to change your way of speaking or behaving. I’m not saying there is a need for you to lift your game, or for you evolve and change over time. That’s part of life… if we stay still… we die! Everyone needs to have a ‘forward facing’ goal for their professional and personal development. Some of us are very fortunate to have great role models and mentors come into our lives and they help us evolve. I’m blessed. I’ve had several influential people who have strongly influenced my speaking personality. Let me take you back to 1974 when I was a 14 year, bucktooth, spectacle wearing teenager who was mowing the back lawn one day, grudgingly I might add, when my dad approached me signaling for me to turn the lawn mower off and said to me, “Son, how would you like to preach this Saturday at the youth gathering, before the main service?” I can still remember that day. I can remember the feeling... the surge of adrenalin, the rush of emotion. I felt it all... the fear, excitement, and anticipation all rushing to get to my face and show itself first. I smiled, then I smiled really big and then I said, “Great. That would be great.” In hindsight, I’m sure I could have said something more profound… but ‘great’ was all I could get out. Dad turned and walked back to the garage which had been converted into his office and I resumed mowing the lawn… with renewed energy and a mindset on imagining… developing a vision of who I wanted to be when I stood behind that lectern. Let me give you a little backfill… In 1969 my mom and dad became mission
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