Minor ChangesPosted: October 31, 2011 | |
Don’t Be a Downer – If you want to enter a conversation, you have to maintain the energy level. If people are laughing hysterically over the story someone just told, you aren’t allowed to butt in with a complaint about your upcoming midterm.
Exercise – It relieves stress, makes you healthier, and makes you happier (there’s also the side benefit of looking better). Plus, it comes with a short-lived emotional high.
Dress Well – As ridiculous as it may seem, dressing well and looking good will make you a more effective individual. Toward this end, judge an outfit as a whole as opposed to judging individual articles of clothing. If you don’t know where to start, look at the mannequins in department stores.
Smile – You look more attractive when you smile. Better yet, you look like you’re having fun. So remember to think about pleasant things before entering a room full of people.
Make Eye Contact – Nothing conveys a lack of confidence like the inability to hold eye contact. A great exercise is to practice holding eye contact as long as possible (to the point of extreme awkwardness).
Don’t Be Too Quick to Accommodate Others – This includes moving out of people’s way, picking up something they dropped, and so on. The natural reaction for many well-intentioned individuals is to eagerly help. In this case, eager is overeager. Compensate in the opposite direction.