Matching your external self to your actual self
November 2, 2006 3:12 PM Subscribe
What physical change or other observable change was most influential in changing how people perceive you (for the better)?
posted by pricklypear to human relations (49 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
Strangers and new acquaintances seem to perceive me differently than I truly am. It's nothing bad necessarily, but I feel like I'm perceived as somewhat meek, and not sufficiently hip / interesting / whatever.
There's probably a ton of things I could try to fix this, like a personal makeover, learning better body language, making better eye contact, having more interesting things to say, and so on. Frankly though, I'm not interested in hearing anyone rattle off a list for me: I'm interested in what has actually helped others portray a public image more to their liking, and perhaps what books or resources helped get them started.
So, fellow Mefites, what externally observable change was most influential in changing how people perceive you, and how'd you make that change happen?