Invincible Tip - Check your face
Today's Quick Daily Tip
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Record a short video of your face while you’re rehearsing your elevator pitch or during a Zoom call. Review it to check your microexpressions.
So many meetings and job interviews are conducted over video chat now.
Tricky? Also yes.
They’re a little unnatural, so we miss the more subtle body language we could pick up on in person. It’s a little harder to read the room. I’ve found that this leads to everything being focused on verbal tone and faces (it’s all we have!).
You may have heard about microexpressions before. If not…
A microexpression is a very brief, involuntary facial expression humans make when experiencing an emotion. They usually last 0.5–4.0 seconds and cannot be faked.
So, your face can betray your emotions, whether you like it or not.
A brief flash of annoyance.
A split-second lip curl of disgust.
An eye roll of contempt.
Unfortunately, we’re often unaware of these expressions. They’re unconscious and occur so quickly.
So, recording yourself on video helps. It answers the question, “Did I really make that face out loud?”
Does your face have a “visual tell”?
Has a microexpression ever caused an issue for you?
Please share a story in the comments. Would love to hear it!
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