I once worked with a person who made interesting facial expressions during our conversations. Whenever I asked him a tough question, he sneered before responding.
I’m sure that he wasn’t even aware of what he was doing. But, it gave the impression that he was disgusted that you’d dare to ask him such a question (Hmmm, maybe he was?).
I also had a colleague who had a somewhat disconcerting conversational habit. If you asked him about anything, he would turn his head to face the wall while he thought about his answer.
He would say, “Ummm…” and then turn back to speak. He did this every single time.
Most of us are unaware of our tics that express themselves when we’re feeling stressed or anxious. We sometimes have subtle facial expressions that we don’t know that we are making.
It’s not surprising. How often do you get a chance to watch yourself speaking and responding to others?
So, my tip for you today is a follow up to yesterday’s advice. Record videos of yourself speaking and answering q…