When Your Inner Voice Grabs the Mic

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As leaders… self-talk is important. We must listen to our inner voice. But what if our inner voice gets scared…and wants to grab the mic?

What if our inner voice wants too much affirmation?

What if our inner voice needs excessive feedback?

Can an extraverted inner voice get in the way?

Loud Inner Voices

– Why do some people tell us to stop listening to them before they even start talking?
– Why do we add last-minute self-deprecating remarks into our carefully rehearsed speeches?
– How do we get people to listen to what we most need them to hear?
– How do we sound humble, but confident?

It happens in interviews, presentations, sales calls, athletic events, cattle drives… People pre-apologize for what they are about to say. They tell us not to listen.

“In my feeble little mind…”
“I’m certainly not the expert here…”
“I’m just saying, well… it’s kind of like this… sort-of”
“…?”
Why Do We Undermine our own credibility at the very time we need it most?

Perhaps we’re…

Nervous
Under pressure
Unsure of ourselves
Unrehearsed
Trying to appear humble?
Trying to be funny?
Unaware of the impact?

Tips For Shaking the “Don’t Listen to Me” Habit

Fund out what those tips are at: http://letsgrowleaders.com/2013/02/07/inner-voice/

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