A reader asked an awesome question. She was wondering if there were things she could do, feng shui or otherwise, to handle the pressure of a big job interview and make an impression. She asked, “During times when ‘all eyes are on you’, how do people like me (a bit more introverted but no where near shy, but just don’t really like being the center of attention type gal) do well in those instances? “
I learned a big lesson regarding “garnering attention” from a very iconic acting teacher who was quite the superstar-maker. Bad acting – and superficial living- came from trying to be interesting. You can always see the disjointed acting performance a mile away- someone who decided to do all sorts of wild things just for the sake of being “interesting.”
Same thing with people who are not really sure of themselves- or perhaps too sure of themselves- their decision to be “interesting” doesn’t really interest many people. Often we call them desperate or dramatic or the like. Its also not really appealing to try to be interesting.
The solution he offered: Don’t try to be interesting. Be interested. If you are interested in where you are and who you are talking to, people can sense it. If you are really listening and really communicating based on being interested in who is around you, you will always be most interesting and memorable without having to try. Great art is borne of interest. Fulfilled people are interested in their lives and the people around them.
The good news: its easy to be interested. Its not a mind game or a faux personality you have to slap on: being interested is awesome. Not only will things be easier for you, but when you are interested you won’t have regrets because you will be wholly present.
Interested, not interesting. An awesome lesson to learn from a late star-maker and what I can pass on to you today. You can also look at some fun colors to wear as appropriate in this fashion feng shui article. And you can clear some space in your home to clear your mind more as you prepare. And… of course, do prepare! Know what you have to give, understand the job you are interviewing for, find out as much as possible about who you are meeting…and you’ll do great! Rock on with your interviews! xoxo Dana