In Buddhism, there is a concept of don’t know. It doesn’t mean that one lacks knowledge, it means that one accepts the unknown– without comment. In so doing, one becomes knowledge, because one simply recognizes knowledge.
When we present, we all want to show what we know. The level of expertise we possess. We *want* the acknowledgment. We may even need it.
Here is what I’d like you to consider. If you seek to be what you want to share, to personify the knowledge, you will be more impactful. Your presentation alone will be the embodiment of the knowledge you seek to impart. Don’t worry, if you do this well, people will see you. You will still be at the center of the presentation, just not its focus.
The more you eliminate the *I* in your presentation that more you will truly be present.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.