In this Expert Insight Interview, Leslie Ehm discusses her latest book, Swagger: Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want. Leslie Ehm is a former TV host, an advertising creative director-turned training guru. She spent decades traveling around the globe with her award-winning company Combustion, working with executives and teams from top organizations like Google, Disney, PepsiCo, etc.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The definition of “swagger” and what it means to be yourself
- The five reasons people have trouble showing who they are
- How to deal with imposter syndrome
Many people think of “swagger” as being overconfident or cocky, but Leslie disagrees. To her, the definition of swagger is the ability to manifest who you really are and hold onto it in the face of all of the “psychological crap” that will come forth, regardless of the situation or environment.
It means you have one face, one truth, one heart, and you show up with it, no matter what is going on around you, no matter who you’re with, or what challenges you’re facing. That’s swagger.
Five Swagger Blockers
Most of the psychological derailers that show up are generated by ourselves. This stops most people from unlocking their authentic selves and having the confidence to be who they really are. Each person is unique, but if you pick through it, you’ll find five fundamental issues with most people. These are:
People tend to think that they have to create a persona for themselves rather than allowing themselves to grow into who they are. It takes a lot of effort to understand that we’re fine the way we are, and when we do, we are often confronted with the imposter syndrome.
The truth is that we have complete command over the stories we tell ourselves. If you can tell yourself the story that you are a badass who is at a particular place of their journey at this point in time, and you own it and accept it, then you can be powerful where you are today.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.