It brings me a real boost whenever I receive encouraging emails from listeners. And I’m very grateful to have received a few lately.
They have had one thing in common: a ‘thank you’ for being ‘real’ and ‘honest’ in my work. And in typical HSP fashion I’ve been ruminating on these messages a lot. I realise that I never really think about being ‘real’ or ‘honest’… I guess it must just sort of happen.
It has made me wonder about the alternatives. I mean, how else would I share?
In this episode of the podcast I reflect on the highly sensitive BS detector, and explore why we seem to see straight through people who aren’t ‘real’ and ‘honest’.
It surprises me when people thank me for sharing my experiences of struggle and challenge. I don’t feel like I always share as much as I could. But then the perfectionist in me always tries to pull me back from allowing myself to be too vulnerable.
The truth is, if I let my inner perfectionist voice win then you would NEVER hear an episode of the podcast. I’m never happy with what I’ve done when I hit publish. I tell myself that it should be more polished, slick, and professional. But the number of readers and listeners continues to grow week on week, despite this fear that what I put out is kind of clumsy and error-ridden. This is both baffling and also makes complete sense.
Yet strangely, it is when I feel the fear of letting go strongest that I’m guaranteed to hear from someone with a message to say that they connected with the show. I think it is a great, humbling reminder that none of us wants to be preached at with slick authority. We want to connect with the humanness of other peoples’ experiences that relate to ours.
In the podcast I share my thoughts on:
- Why are HSPs are put off sales talk and marketing tools?
- How not to pitch your voice when sharing a message online
- Why I am committed to sharing my best thoughts for free through the podcast, blog and mailing list
- Why I appreciate having the opportunity to buy things online from people I like and trust
- The way that our obsession with slick tools and perception management can create the wrong impression and erode trust
Soul > Slick
So a massive thank you to those of you who take the time to listen, and to those who have sent me emails. It is more encouraging than you could imagine to hear that kind of feedback because it reminds me of what’s important, and why soul always trumps slick. It’s what I appreciate in the people I follow online – it’s just sometimes hard to remember and accept for myself!
Over to You
Do you see through marketing techniques and the slick appearances of things that are designed to make you believe something that is not necessarily true about a person or organisation? How do you respond to those kinds of situations? Please leave your response in the comments below.
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