Welcome back to our series on the Seven Deadly Sins of Presentations. Last time, we discussed sloth or failing to prepare for your speech.
Today, we’ll be exploring the sin of envy.
For speakers, this means lacking authenticity and losing confidence.
Let’s see what makes envy a speech killer.
What Is Envy?
Envy inevitably leads to personal harm and debilitation, affecting one’s physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being (Job 5:2; Prov 14:30).
Usually denoted by a green-eyed monster, it is characterized by jealousy over others’ traits, statuses, abilities, or situations.
Some studies claim that envy can be productive for encouraging personal growth. Indeed, data suggests envy boosts mental persistence and memory.
In public speaking, however, envy can be destructive.
Why Is It Bad for Presentations?
Admiring great speakers’ exceptional presentation skills isn’t bad when they push you to reach your highest potential.
It only becomes unprofessional when jealousy overpowers inspiration.
If you’re envious of a colleague or somebody’s speaking prowess, drop that negative feeling now.
It’s a bad habit that stops you from recognizing your own strengths and abilities because you overly focus on somebody else’s, losing sight of your own unique strengths.
It could also cause you to copy their speaking style, making you less authentic and confident.
How Do We Cure the Deadly Sin of Envy?
Curing the sin of envy takes one approach: self-affirmation.
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Listing down your weaknesses helps you figure out which one is the easiest to remedy—be it writing your content, designing your slide or your actual speech delivery.
Knowing what your biggest weakness is also allows you to think of appropriate techniques that best work for you.
Summing It Up
Being envious of someone’s presentation aptitude is a sin that kills confident and authentic public speaking.
Instead of sabotaging yourself through envy, bring in compassion and motivate yourself to become a better presenter.
Don’t focus on somebody else’s strengths. Instead, look for your own strengths which no other person has.
Identify your weaknesses, too, so that you can address them and improve your own skills.
Once you’ve started focusing on your own capabilities instead of comparing yourself with other people, you’ll be able to hone your own work to the point that you’ll have people’s attention – the positive kind.
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Dlugan, Andrew. “The 7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking.” Six Minutes, October 25, 2009. Accessed June 11, 2015. http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/7-deadly-sins-public-speaking/