How to make the worst entrance ever!
August 19, 2009 § Leave a comment
And I am aiming for some experimentation with five controlled folly principles.
Wear an outfit that makes you feel uncomfortable. As I personally don’t care too much about clothes, I needed a trick here. The best way I have found is to wear clothes that are totally inappropriate for the occasion. Like wearing black punky clothes with army boots to a business meeting. It was the first meeting with this potential ally, so it made me feel very “out of place” indeed.
Since then I have gotten really creative in this folly, like wearing pumps – I absolutely don’t know how to do that elegantly, I can barely keep my balance without even making a single move. Any confidence walks out the door with that tactic. If you’re male it’s probably hilarious.
Here are some more suggestions that worked for me, and some more ideas. Try what works for you. Let us know, so we can cross train and gain.
In general, pay careful attention to details. No removal of facial hair. Especially nose hairs sticking out to form a hitler type of moustache will work wonders. If you use makeup then overdo it, and/or make colors not match. Get creative! O, and have dirt under your nails. Believe me, everyone will take notice, yet not overtly, for many reasons. For example, there’s often a social taboo on public displays of feeling disgusted. So you have to pay attention to covert responses. Mind you, make sure they don’t see you are observing them back. Best way is to have a co-conspirator, another oberver, so you can focus on being convincing enough in your part.
Before walking into the room, breathe shallow for awhile. At the first signs of dizziness stop. This is just enough.
Make sure that your coping stance is incongruent. Take your pick for the occasion:
- superrational – overdo standing up straight with your shoulders back,
- placating – bend your shoulders, pretend to carry the world like Atlas,
- irrelevance – flap those floppy limbs,
- or blaming – imagine it’s all their fault, and keep your body on the edge. Don’t go pointing at perpetrators (yet) but imagine that your job will be to stick out your nose and chin at them with angry and accusing eyes whenever someone else is “incorrect”.
In all cases, tense the muscles in your face. It will make you look tense and tired. Consciously repeat now and then. Especially mind that your forehead is regularly furrowed with tension. And mind that you do not display any smiles on your face at any point in time. Or, if you must, try a Cheshire cat grin and keep it on your face for too long. That produces insecurity by the loads.
Survey the room. When you walk into the room and you have chosen blaming (you eager fool!), now is the time to actually point that chin and nose. If you chose placating or irrelevance, make sure you do not look anybody in the eyes. In the first case keep looking at the floor, in the second have ’em swerve and glance at “irrelevant objects”. That fly on the wall, an empty coffee cup, the lights on the ceiling (whether turned on or off doesn’t matter) … it’s all very important. You will make lots of people feel unimportant because you have not acknowledged them when coming onto the scene.
There’s lots more that you can experiment with on meetings and social occasions, but this is a fairly good start. Some people will already have their neck hairs standing up. A great context setting for more folly!
And making such an entrance makes tongues wag after you have left. That observer that remained behind captures the gossip and rumors for you. A real treasure trove that will definitely bring a better understanding of the effects of your controlled folly behaviors on others, in that particular context.