Is the speaker faking that opening smile? In most circumstances, focusing on your audience takes precedence over focusing on your work. We have to make a conscious decision to take what we need from harsh experiences — helpful lessons like resilience and determination — and leave the spent emotion in the past.
When you write, on the other hand, word choice is critical. Confidence is your most essential tool for self-promotion, but where does it come from?
I grow 34 varieties of flowers in my back yard, including pink coneflowers, purple asters, yellow daylilies, Shasta daisies, and climbing clematis. Someone asked why I paint chairs and I very casually told my story about how that happened. Conversely, if you write exactly the way you speak, your message might not resonate with readers as well as it could.
The idea of an audience, for some artists, began with the art school model of defending your work. They help make sure your listeners stay along for the journey from beginning to end.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. This is communication at its best. Not as big as some other problems, such as affordable health insurance or the Middle East, which has been a problem for many decades because of disputes over territory.