Authenticity Hits the Right Note

America's Got Talent 1Ready to be inspired? Meet Calista Bevier. She is a survivor and an inspiration. So much has been discussed about the need for transparency and authenticity in business and relationships of all kinds. Trouble is, most of those discussions are just that – all talk. It’s easy to say that these qualities are essential for successful human interaction. But, so many times, we find out that the “authentic” role model we revere is actually putting up a fraudulent front.

Surely you have experience this kind of dashed expectation. It happens in families, in businesses, sports, entertainment, and yes, in politics. That’s why when we come upon a person, or a business, that actually resonates as genuine, without the guise of deception, we are deeply moved. That feeling of revelation is inspiring.

As someone who helps people match subject with tone as a way to communicate a powerful message, I have just seen an example that I would like to share. I am not someone who regularly watches all the talent shows on TV. But this example a friend sent from America’s Got Talent, is something that moved me. It touched my heart because it is an example of authentic, raw, emotion delivered to an audience with obvious talent. Here’s a young person who is persevering and want s to empower others with her marvelous voice. It’s a wonderful thing to behold. And, it helps me remember, that this moment captured on a stage, is one to hold up to the light. I encourage you to watch as this 16-year-old cancer survivor shares her story and her message. Please let me know if you agree that transparency matched with courage, is compelling and inspiring.

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header-author-portait-125Mary Jane McKittrick is a Messaging Expert and professional story-teller who specializes in the art of the pitch. As a Consultant, Mary Jane inspires and empowers business professionals to craft messaging that gets measurable results. Mary Jane is a former TV News Anchor, Reporter, and Producer for 3 network affiliate stations. She has worked behind the camera in Entertainment TV, and as on-camera host of 2 nationally syndicated TV shows. Ms. McKittrick was in charge of overseeing communications for 5 statewide offices while serving as Director of Corporate Communications for a large healthcare company in North Carolina.

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