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Don’t Sweat Sweating

May 29, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

Bo Eason played a lot of football, including five years in the NFL. So, he knows something about sweat.

I recently watched Bo speak, and one of his core messages is to be your authentic self and to go after your greatness. As part of that, he made an interesting statement: “Speakers should sweat. They should go all out.” You know what? When we are working, we often hear “Never let them see you sweat.” The message is “Don’t let them see you try too hard. Don’t let them see you strain.”

Bo takes the opposite view. I find there’s something truly authentic about that. If you’re really trying to give your all to people, if you’re really trying to be that form of greatness, if you’re really trying to leave it all on the table, why shouldn’t you sweat?

Speaking is a tough business. I’ve been in it a while.

As I speak to more and more audiences, I realize how hard it is. You control the room. Bright lights might shine on you. Audience members may ask you tough questions. And you are physical. You’re moving around the room. And the room is often cooled for the audience, the temperature set at a comfortable level for somebody who’s sitting in a chair. But as a speaker, you might be all over the stage. You’re interacting with people. You’re moving. And you know what? You might sweat.

This applies to more than just speaking. It applies throughout our businesses. We should give an all-out effort. We shouldn’t apologize when others see our effort. They should know we’re trying hard to work with them and meet their needs and to do the things that we’re trying to accomplish to make the world a better place.

What are your thoughts? Have you let people see you sweat? Did you feel guilty about it? And does your point of view change after you think about it a little more? Join us in the comments below. Let us know your thoughts and experiences.

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