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We all speak with a unique voice.

That's an important point to remember when we create a presentation. Often, we are tempted to look to others for inspiration. We want to emulate colleagues who have aced presentation after presentation.

Or, we'll read the latest and greatest presentation book and pick up tips from the JFKs or Winston Churchills or Steve Jobs of the presentation world. There is nothing wrong with looking to others for inspiration.

But face it, you are not Steve Jobs and never will be!  You have your own unique style and vocabulary and way of interacting with an audience.

Yes, look for inspiration, but never forget that what will make you a great presenter is being natural and authentic. Be your own person and find your own voice.

It IS a journey. And part of that journey is looking to others for guidance. But never copy or imitate others 100%.  Taking a pointer from a great speaker means making it your own and having it blend into your own personality and style. Be your own person: differentiate; be authentic; and practice, practice, practice!

You CAN be a phenomenal speaker! Just believe in yourself and watch how great you can be!

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Loraine Antrim is co-founder of Core Ideas Communication, a communications consulting agency focused on presentation development and media training for C-suite executives. Core Ideas enables executives to package and communicate relevant and compelling messages in their presentations and interviews. Loraine's expertise is killing butterflies. You know, butterflies: the feeling in your stomach before you have to present or speak in public. Loraine works with executives to create a powerful story, memorable messages and an authentic delivery style. Confidence kicks in, and butterflies scatter. Nice work killing butterflies! You can contact Loraine at: manager at coreideas.com