Authenticity has become something of a buzzword in recent times.
It is a term which seems to be increasingly applied to just about everything, from leaders and marketing to furniture and clothing.
Although everyone seems to be seeking authenticity, few people can define what it is. Look it up in the dictionary and you will find terms like genuine, accurate, reliable and “not a copy.” When applied to people it seems best defined as “being yourself.”
However, when it comes to media interviews, it’s not that simple.
Donald Trump has many flaws, but it would be hard to argue that he isn’t himself when he appears in front of cameras and gives speeches. It’s an approach which has won him as many admirers as it has critics.
At the other end of the scale is Theresa May, who particularly during the last general election, seemed unable to move beyond rigid pre-prepared messages. It was an approach which left her dubbed “the Maybot” and left the UK with a government which is anything but “strong and stable.”
What, then, does being authentic mean for media spokespeople? Here are six ways to project sincerity during any presentation:
1. Authentic spokespeople self-edit.