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Read this post by Mark Schaefer.

So much for authenticity.

It’s likely we’ve all seen similar behavior by speakers and conference attendees. But while you might acknowledge the behavior, do you agree with the conclusion? Mr. Schaefer’s statement,

While authenticity means being true in every way, that is just an impossible standard and it’s not what people expect anyway.

doesn’t quite seem right to me. Am I alone in wanting an honest representation of who you/others are? If you’re an a@#, let me know it so I can decide how to react. If you’re trustworthy or generous, let me know that too. He also says,

As individuals and brands, the best we can hope for is to be authentic personas, an ideal that we display for the world to see.  It’s not necessarily true.  It’s certainly not accurate.  But I believe it as close to “authentic” as we can hope for. Be yourself. Only a little better. Be who you promise to be to your tribe, not necessarily who you are.

To this end, I agree. It reminds me of the thought to always be over-dressed, not under. Being your (well-dressed) self isn’t impossible, it should be pretty simple.

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