A Platform Master Must Rely on Self-Motivation
Sun Tzu Principle: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
One of the first lessons I learned as a speaker is… no one is going to come and be my motivation machine unless I pay them to! Why? Because most people are simply too busy trying to keep themselves motivated to be my motivator.
Knowing who you are, as a person, as a professional, is the foundation of all platform mastery.
You and you alone are the source of your get-up-and-go! What I gleaned from the Sun Tzu principle on knowing myself helped me to better understand the principle of self-motivation. It is my motivation that sends my ‘confidence level’ to my audience.
My confidence level is essential to ensuring my message is received in the way I need it to be received.
Motivated speakers are constantly working to capitalise on their strengths. Maybe you are brilliant at telling a story, or explaining complex, detailed spreadsheets in a way that de-mystifies it for us with a spreadsheet deficiency disease. Whatever your strength is, tap into it. You motivate yourself when you tap into the areas where you are strong.
As a bonus, when you access your strong area you also make yourself accessible, engaging, and unique to your audience.
Here’s how you can start the journey to knowing yourself… so you can be more effective and dynamic on the platform…
- Identify 3 of your best traits.
- Then, think about how each of these traits can expressed when you are standing there… on that platform… owning it! (For example, if you’re great at explaining complex concepts in simple terms… How do you look? What does it feel like? How are the audience appreciating it?)
Here’s the action-thought of the day… Know yourself is the starting point of winning every battle.