I’m a big fan of Dr. Travis Bradberry – and of Amy Cuddy.
(If you haven’t seen their TED talks, or read their books, I think you’ll find them awesome.)
Dr. Bradberry recently noted the research that Ms. Cuddy undertook to observe what happens when people first meet you – that first impression.
He took it a bit further, and shared how you can put your best two feet forward.
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David, I train my students to walk into a live audition and say “hi” and then stop and smile and wait for direction. What’s your take on that approach?
What’s your strategy with that? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Was that question about strategy for me, David?
I’ve heard it said that the most valuable skill employers and clients look, whether they know it or not, is the ability for you to get along well with a wide variety of personalities.
This stuff is so massively important. Other small things I’ve found have made a big difference for me: firm handshake in the appropriate circumstances (but no firmer than theirs) and eye contact (please, at the same time as the handshake), plus a genuine smile.
I love your daily videos. I especially love this one because those two things – projecting trustworthiness and competence – are especially difficult for my socially awkward self. From listening to them for about three months, I feel I have gotten to know you a little. So I think I have enough background now to be confident you will want to know that Amy Cuddy, PhD is “Doctor” just as Travis Bradberry, PhD is.
Looking forward to the rest of the videos this year! :)
I watched Amy Cuddy’s TED talk. I can relate on a personal level.
Many years ago, I was a young enlisted guy in the Air Force. One of the things we had to do was prepare for, and sit before, a quarterly review board. This is a board of 5 senior enlisted personnel–usually all Chief Master Sergeants–who would interview and evaluate each candidate, and make recommendations for Airman of the Quarter awards. Unit winners went on to compete at the base level, and quarterly winners for the annual Airman of the Year award. One airman was taught by a colleague of mine (his supervisor) to wait outside the board room in the parade rest position. If you’re not familiar with it, imagine the Superman/Wonder Woman pose, but with the hands placed in the small of the back. Other candidates would typically wait sitting in the chairs provided outside the board room. That airman won his unit’s AOQ award 4 times, base AOQ 3 times, and AOY twice–at a major command headquarters base with tens of thousands of personnel.
Seems like there might be something to this theory.
I’m not sure exactly what I do when meeting someone for the first time, except I’m pretty sure I always give a big smile. I think “not speaking first” might be difficult as I probably say hello as I offer my hand. I’ll try and observe my behavior the next time I meet someone, and also observe the behavior of others if they are doing the same. This is an interesting topic. Thanks for the video David.
I am fascinated by what you said about making your voiceover slate more personable. Could you explain and give one or two examples of what you mean, please?
Cuddy and Bradberry stole my stuff. I started teaching my students the Superman stand in 2000. As for the rest of it, ask any of my students about The Handshake. Been teaching that since 1992. ☹
Great suggestions, especially about slates and not making them “throwaway”. Probably not a good idea to make any thing a “throwaway”, but to be focused instead, be present. We may not think certain stuff is important but it can be, like your introduction or slate.
Loved this topic. Fabulous!
One really important and easy thing that most people forget to do when being introduced to someone is remembering their name, and using it! How often do we learn someone’s name and immediately forget it! Even just saying bye, “Ali” really makes a good impression for me when I first meet someone, and I try to do the same!