Speak the Truth Even if Your Voice Shakes

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I know I may be slow coming to the party, but I saw this picture for the first time the other day and it moved me.  I can feel the lump in my throat already.

The fact is there are many times in my life where speaking the truth didn’t just make my voice shake, I got teary-eyed as well.  Truth is so full of emotion it can often take our breath away.

Why is that?

We value authenticity because there is something so refreshing about people who show up like this; it’s like fog lifting and the sun shining right, straight down.

We love authenticity because in some ways it can be quite vulnerable.  We love vulnerability because it feels real and alive.

Can we be both authentic and vulnerable in our organizations?  Is it possible to speak the truth, be authentic and share our vulnerability with our colleagues, with our bosses, with our customers?

It’s risky. Tears can form in your eyes, you can get a catch in your throat, your voice can shake – just try it…it’s so worth it!

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