I had a student in Japan who once told me, “Sensei, what I like most about you is that you have conviction.”
Then she followed up with, “What I like least about you is you are sometimes narrow-minded.”
Hmm… two sides of the same coin, no?
When a speaker has conviction, s/he will come across as very strong.
Sometimes conviction looks like passion. Sometimes it looks like resolve. Sometimes conviction looks like authority.
When a speaker is very very good at what they do and is able to share that expertise in an articulate manner, that speaker will come across as being not an but THEE authority.
Audiences have a love/hate relationship with speakers who display conviction.
The reason an audience chooses to sit before a listener is generally because they want to learn something.
The reason an audience will turn on a lecturer who speaks with conviction is generally because they don’t like what they are learning … or don’t want to make changes based on what they are learning.
I don’t know if I had heard this at some point or if it is original to me. I certainly don’t remember hearing it.
It doesn’t matter to me if people love me or hate me ( though I prefer love ), I just don’t want people to be indifferent to me.
Display conviction in your presentations and you will get a response one way or the other from your listeners.
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