FALSE IMAGE ABOUT YOUR REAL SELF
For those who know my; a little ego is not foreign to me. Indeed, neither are all my colleagues. Getting daily emails and letters about how much people love it when I tell my message. Pats on the back, tears, loud laughter, everything about what I exhibit on that stage; it does something to my self-image. And that's what we mean by ego, a false image about your real self. I am a speaker, but also a dad, both are Niek. Sometimes with applause, sometimes with a fuss. From Latin, ego literally means; me. But Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung agreed that life is about "getting to know your self better and better" and so you also embrace your shadow (your awkward traits).
But before we treat ego as something negative, let's see how you can use it as a speaker. And if you really have too much of it, I have some advice for you: Get married and have children. In any case, it is hard work not to start believing that the story you tell on stage is always 100% you.