The final reason people often place too much focus on themselves and not on others is insecurity. I admit, this was not one of my problems as I started my career. I grew up in a very positive and affirming environment, and I did not lack confidence. However, that isn’t the case for many people.
Chew Keng Sheng, a lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia’s School of Medical Sciences, believes that the underlying reason for immaturity and ego-centeredness, especially among public speakers, is insecurity. “I can remember the first few times when I was asked to speak,” wrote Keng Sheng. “I was literally shaking. When the speaker is insecure, he will seek approval from his audience. And the more he wants to seek approval from them, the more engrossed he becomes in himself and how he can impress others. As a result, he is more likely to fail to meet the needs of the moment.” What a negative cycle that can create, especially if a person doesn’t receive or recognize the desired approval.
Maxwell’s Five Principles are Connecting…
- increases your influence in every situation
- is all about others
- goes beyond words
- always requires energy
- is more skill than natural talent
His Five Practices are Connectors…
- connect on common ground
- do the difficult work of keeping it simple
- create an experience everyone enjoys
- inspire people
- live what they communicate
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