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What’s your core value?

What’s your core value?

| Tina Bakehouse

Our core values affect how we communicate with others. Some of the most memorable speakers speak from the heart, aligning with their belief system.


In a 1942 speech, Gandhi instructed his fellow leaders that this was the moment to seize power: “Here is a mantra, a short one, that I give to you. You may imprint it on your hearts and let every breath of yours give expression to it.”


What imprints your heart? 


What takes your breath away? 


How do you express yourself?


Let what you speak be from the heart.


Some speakers get excited, keyed up and pumped up—never feeling a dull moment, performing to make that impact on people, desiring a strong presence, wanting something to happen, making a mark with their words.


Think Tony Robinson. Think Erin Brockovich. Think Muhammad Ali.


Other speakers may be more concerned, dependable, vested in a sense of belonging, communicating in civic groups and committees to make things happen in their community with steadfast trustworthiness.


Think Jimmy Carter. Think George Washington. Think Rosa Parks.


While other speakers are enthusiastic, quick to feel and express emotions, warm and loving, boundless intensity with discussing ideas, insights, letting the enthusiasm bubble up from inside, while inspiring others.


Think Nelson Mandela. Think Martin Luther King Jr. Think Brene Brown.


Yet, some speakers are calm, cool, and collected, particularly in stressful situations, wanting things to be in control. They can get intense, as accuracy and having deep logic and strategic responses are important. Their curiosity and inquisitive, investigative spirit are especially important.


Think Abraham Lincoln. Think Hilary Clinton. Think Steve Jobs.


As you craft your next message, tune inward.


What’s your core value?


How can you express it to connect with your audience?


What you believe and what you feel matter.


Share what you know and let your passion be the guide.