Why it’s OK for speakers to ‘put on a persona’

Many believe that intentionally presenting different demeanors based on the occasion is inauthentic, but it’s often the most respectful thing you can do for your audience.

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It’s OK if you have more than one. Different situations call for different demeanors, which is why it’s crucial to become an intentional communicator. Those who are wary of appearing disingenuous might ask: How do I become intentional and not lose my authenticity ?

In other words, if I start to show up with a certain demeanor, won’t that be fake in some sense? Sometimes, the question gets asked this way: “If I rehearse too much, I’ll become stiff and not-in-the-moment. I shouldn’t rehearse too much, right?”

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