Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Poker Face? Not Me

Laurie from Punk Rock HR is getting speaking consultation from a trained professional who has informed her that she's telling too much with her face. Punk, I feel your pain. I have a total inability to not make the "Are you kidding me" face when people say things to me that I think are dumb. It's a problem that telecommuters may notice more acutely at times than traditional Real Office workers.

Like when they forget their webcams are broadcasting during an online meeting and they reflexively roll their eyes at some dumb thing some nice colleague says.

In an actual meeting, the chances that every person in a meeting is looking at you when you widen your eyes in mock horror at some statement that the boss makes is slim. But when you're the only one on camera, people tend to notice these things more.

Note to self: Look into full-face Botox. Perhaps a general paralytic will take my facial expressions from the "squirrel-eyes" level down to the "normal" range.

2 comments:

Laurie said...

I would like to say that my facial expressions and eye-rolling are charming and part of my personality; however, I watched some of my old video blogs and it's cringe worthy.

STOP BOBBING YOUR HEAD WHEN YOU TALK. WHY ARE YOU ROLLING YOUR EYES AND FURROWING YOUR BROW?

Ugh, I need some work. :)

Stella Commute said...

It is truly horrible to see yourself talking. I have a long history as a musician and I often find myself having out of body experiences on stage where I'm looking down on myself saying something outrageous, and wondering how it is that I'm being so terribly terribly outrageous. These same things happen to me when I'm making presentations and training, unfortunately.