There are various forms of communication available to us when we need to be heard. Every time you speak out it is like an individual brush stroke that represents a small piece of your identity. This isn’t exclusive to social media, it has the same effect with all forms of communication like speech, voice, or even what we write on the web. The world is your canvas, and everyday you paint what you believe to be the perfect image of yourself. Are you aware of the things you say and do, not just today, but everyday?
Have you ever reviewed your Facebook, or Instagram timeline over a period of time? Most of us haven’t, but if you look at your posts as a string of events you will notice a pattern in your communication. Have you ever wondered how people are receiving your messages? If you haven’t taken the opportunity to ask how can you know what other people think of you (without asking directly)? We should be cognizant of our communicative output as it can have a strong effect on our relationships, or social perception.
Being aware of your communication and representation is important because people tend to make decisions about who you are (to them) almost immediately, even if their assumptions are false. Perhaps this person will be someone that interviews you for a job position. Maybe it is someone that you hope to make a deal with at some point? If your public persona is important to you, then try incorporating the following behaviors into the way you live.
- Practice being kind to those around you, even if they are undeserving. Do you remember the golden rule? Your emotional intelligence, and awareness play a large role in controlling your reactions to an engagement or situation, (aka “keeping it real”) so try being kind to more people!
- Be precise when you speak, and say what you mean when it needs to be heard. It doesn’t help if those around you view your voice as a siren. Additionally, there is weight and value to your words so if you want to keep your voice’s value at a premium try speaking out less often. You can’t please everyone, but it’s a good habit to practice.
- Practice smiling from the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to bed. Happiness starts in the mind, lives in the body, and invigorates the soul. If you aren’t happy inside, it will be much harder putting your best foot forward once you leave your home. The world is a difficult place to navigate, so mentally, and physically you will need to be ready for what comes next.
- Live with character, don’t put it on. Would you consider doing something you normally wouldn’t do if no one were around? If so, this needs to be addressed. A famous quote (mentioned below) states that if you are willing to practice “good character behavior” when no one is around, the transition will be seamless when you are with people
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching” — John Wooden.
The impressions you make on other people are important. Wether you are starting a business venture, or looking to start a family you need a person to help get you from one place to the other. Below we attached an info-graphic explaining some scientific conclusions about how people feel about you, naturally speaking.
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