Nearly 10 million people tuned in for a record-shattering season premiere of Jon & Kate Plus 8 this week. I'll tie this to you in the workplace in a moment -- I promise there's a business communication connection. The tension was palpable as the bickering couple, caught up in the cheating chatter, came together for their sextuplets' fifth birthday party.
We're talking frozen tundra frosty. Ultra-chilly. These two were so cold, the cameras needed de-icing.
Jon and Kate scooched as far apart on the couch as possible, closed off to each other, sending undeniable signals that they're miserable and their relationship is on the rocks.
Despite trying to play nice for the cameras, their body language revealed that they're merely doing what they have to do to earn a paycheck. "Kate and I are going through some stuff," said a glum-looking Jon. You think?
That's where YOU come in. Are you going through some stuff in the workplace? Is there someone who gets under your skin and, despite your best intentions to hide your true feelings, your irritation or loathing is showing more than you want it to?
Your body talk sends messages that people decode. They size you up in seconds and draw conclusions about whether you're credible, likable, or trustworthy. Despite the words you choose, people are first influenced by "hearing" your body language. Before they'll believe your words, they must first buy into your body talk.
Here are a few body language tips from my upcoming Talk Less, Say More book to help you come across at your best:
We can't love everyone we work with, so uncomfortable situations are bound to happen to you, either with co-workers or clients. Hopefully, there won't be TV cameras recording your every move for ten million people to judge. But in this age of Twitter, cell phones that videotape, and YouTube, you never know who'll be tuned in next....