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By August 1, 2023December 15th, 2023No Comments

I’m moisturizing like a Badass!

How I’m deliberately authentic

My podcast interview with Lewis Howes went live yesterday. Lewis is a big name in the pod world. As evidence, when I walked in, Simon Sinek was walking out … so clearly, it was the Day for Men With Charming Accents to Do Their Stuff.

I was excited and a bit nervous. It was similar to when I was invited onto Brené Brown’s pod. It’s a great opportunity to find a whole new audience. It’s also an opportunity to alienate a whole new audience. 😬

We were talking about the new book, and to practice what I preached, I asked Lewis and his team what made the difference between a great interviewee and a merely good one.

They all said the same thing: just be authentic.


Because “authentic me” is often taciturn, slightly grumpy, and watching Netflix in Toronto, not shiny and entertaining in a studio in LA. And I’m pretty sure they wanted the latter, not the former.

I’m pretty good as a keynote speaker and a podcast guest because I’ve learned how to amplify the best parts of me, while remembering to serve the audience.

So if you choose to watch the video, you’ll see me doing my best to be animated, funny, wise, vulnerable, encouraging, and entertaining.

It’s the same reason I tried out those gold under-eye moisturizing pads. I don’t want to be fake. But I want to give myself the best chance to be the best version of me.

Fully moisturized. And the version of authentic that the occasion demands.

And that takes practice, planning, and intention.

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.