Speaking Truthfully is a profound, powerful, and daring style of authentic self-expression, public speaking, and communication based on the authenticity, transparency, and self-awareness of the speaker. Its essential philosophy and fundamental tenet is: YOU Are the Message!
The quality of almost everything in our lives is determined by the style, substance, and effectiveness of our speaking, by the sum total of our verbal and nonverbal expressions — our relationships, work, and creative projects; our contributions to others and service to our community; promoting our ideas, affecting change, inspiring action, influencing the course of events. Our speaking pervades all domains of our lives: personal, social, business, political, spiritual. We even, and often, speak to ourselves. Speaking is everywhere.
And, in all speaking situations, whether it be a spiritual sermon, a conference keynote or high-stakes business meeting, a book tour or media interview, a pitch to producers or venture capitalists , a political stump speech or nonprofit fundraiser, a global webinar or an intimate one-on-one social encounter — in all speaking situations: YOU are the message. You command respect and attention, you impart power to your words, you inspire others, you impact and influence people, you are credible and believable. YOU are the message.
This is why we have to be authentic, genuine, and sincere in our speaking, to be willing and able to tell the truth, to show others who we really are and what we stand for; we have to reveal what’s in our heart in an honest and credible manner. Vulnerability. Intimacy. Transparency. Connection. Courage. Confidence. Clarity. Power. Presence. Awareness. Silence. These words are the portable platform on which we must stand if we are to speak truthfully.
Our philosophy is that wherever we are in life, whoever we are, whatever we’re doing — we can only prosper if we tell the truth, if we speak authentically. Speaking Truthfully means we use our words, expressions, gestures, and spirit to reveal, rather than conceal, our authentic self, purpose, and motivation. One cannot lie, distort, or mislead people when Speaking Truthfully. One cannot be split in two, serving different masters and different value systems. Speaking Truthfully requires impeccability; we need to establish our personal credibility as human beings, without which people will not listen to us because they will not believe us.
Speaking Truthfully means that we show up, plant our feet on the ground, look people in the eyes, and tell the truth. No hiding, posturing, pretending. No deception, half-truths, or statements we don’t believe. If we speak truthfully, people will listen. Our life will glow. Our work will thrive. Our heart will sing. Our spirit will soar. We will be a blessing to ourselves and to others.
The Speaking Truthfully philosophy, principles, and practices are the direct expression of Robert’s lifelong cultivation of self-awareness and love affair with public speaking. Speaking Truthfully is unique in the field of public speaking and self-expression because its seeds were planted in this rich soil of self-exploration, and then nourished by an abiding love of curiosity, creativity, improvisation, experimentation, freedom, and joy.
It is precisely Robert’s history of self-development, along with his more than thirty years of public speaking, that is the basis for his mastery in teaching and coaching others, for his remarkable capacity to see everything about a person’s speaking and offer insights and possibilities not available anywhere else.