Surely you must be joking!

I came across the following comment on LinkedIn. The discussion topic is body language.

“Keep in mind, IF you do not know your subject well, you tend to do strange things with your body… other words, practice and make sure you feel like an expert on your topic. Confidence shows through your body language.”

The person who wrote this bit of wisdom calls herself “Executive Coach, Speaker and Trainer on Communication in the Workplace”.

She is saying that if you don’t know your subject well – meaning you don’t know what you are talking about – she can teach you to fake it and make you “feel like an expert on your topic”.

So maybe that’s why we have so many speakers out there who don’t know what the heck they are talking about but they blink their eyes the right way and contort their bodies the right way. Thanks to the “executive coach”, we now have all these circus clowns out there.

My advice is this: if you don’t know the topic well, get OFF the stage and LEARN the topic first and stop wasting your money on some self-proclaimed “executive coach”.

2 responses to “Surely you must be joking!

  1. like the purveyers of fake medecine some lazy people want to take short cuts with dire results… I remember a 2 by 2 matrix with content one way and presentation the other…. we get
    Authentic-authentic which translates as knows the subject and demonstrates this by a great presentation too; authentic-fake….knows how to present and entertains by taking any content… often a comedian; fake- authentic is someone who knows the subject but confuses everyone… research shows that people start using their own limited knowledge of the subject to paint a picture of what they think the presenter said… 100 delegates 100 versions and fake-fake.. does a lousy presentation on a subject he/she knows nothing about.. this executive ‘helper’ gets away with it as she is a.?

  2. Jim…I think you answered your own question. She gets away with it because people (executives included) are lazy and they think by hiring this so-called “coach”, she will be able to teach them body language tricks to make them “feel more like an expert” when they don’t know bugger all about the topic. I think the term “confidence men” describes smooth and slick talkers with all the proper body language who set out to con the general public about snake oil.

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