Authenticity can be tough to develop in a world of quick meetings and email. One way to help you get better at being authentic is journalling about your encounters.
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Authenticity is a highly valued trait. Steve Knight, INSEAD adjunct professor of business communication, has a few tips for coming across as authentic, and suggests writing about your interactions:
Keep a journal with dates and times of your situations, observations, behaviours (yours and others), feelings, emotions, actions (yours and others). Identify traits, habits and patterns.
Journalling has a lot of great benefits for your mental health, creativity and tracking accomplishments, but it can be applied to things you want to work on. Take the time to look at how you acted during the day’s encounters and see where things could have been more genuine. Did you talk about your business too much? Did you show any emotion at all? Developing your authenticity helps you establish stronger connections with others, and that is hardly ever a bad thing. Nobody wants to deal with a robot, regardless of what business you’re in.