- May 14, 2014
A friend once mentioned I have a bearing that, among other things, says: “Not to be f****ed with.” I often joke I am not a big man but I do take up a lot of space. Keep in mind, puffing up your chest and mean mugging everyone within sight and hearing indicates you are a douche vice capable of handling yourself. When you are trying too hard it laughably shows.
I never actually considered how we verbally impact others until recently. Physical presence is often discussed but I don’t think I’ve ever contemplated verbal presence before.
During my recent travels, foul weather in Chicago stranded me in Phoenix overnight. I called a hotel shuttle to pick me up. The driver arrived, but I didn’t see him among the other vans and shuttles hustling about. He got out, maneuvered through the gaggle of people standing around and walked right up to me. I saw by his name tag I had just spoken to him on the phone.
“How did you know it was me?”
“Well, you looked like the voice I spoke to on the phone.”
It was a compliment I think?