If you could pick just one emotion to have at your core as a presenter, what would it be? I’ve asked this question of thousands of people, and the most common answers are confidence and passion. While I agree that these are critical, I believe there’s another emotion that, when combined with confidence and passion, takes you to a whole new level. It’s the feeling of being connected with your audience. In my opinion, connection is the most powerful core emotion you can have in any communication.
Have you ever seen a presenter with tremendous passion but no connection with the audience? How did they come across? Crazy! Or have you ever seen a presenter who was supremely confident but lacked connection with the audience? How did they come across? Arrogant!
But when you combine passion or confidence with connection, the result is magical. Everybody feels better, both the presenter and the audience.
In the pages that follow, you’ll be asked to choose how you want to feel. And while there are many incredibly powerful emotions, make sure you wrap your choices around the most powerful one, the emotion of feeling connected.