Why honesty is the best policy

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Dancing the robot hasn’t stopped becoming even more popular in recent years. This has once again been proven by the huge success of an internet video with dancers RobotBoys feat. Poppin John (see here). While dancing like a robot is fun – it’s not much fun anymore once people behave robotic in real life.

Many companies nowadays think it wise to send their employees off to some rhetoric teacher to improve soft skills and increase persuasiveness for future negotiations. Unfortunately, this could easily backfire. If you’re no silver-tongued orator in the first place, a training – as good as it may be – won’t turn you into the ultimate speaker overnight. Instead, it teaches you typical gestures or discussion techniques that can be reassuring for nervous orators. But in reality, this makes you look robotic and unnatural. Plus, it could get really awkward if two colleagues repeat the same set of gestures over and over. In an important negotiation, this kind of impression of someone behaving a little odd may lead to the assumption that somehow that person is just not trustworthy. So instead of repeating seemingly cool hand moves like a programmed robot, show what you really want: In a negotiation at work, this could be as much information about a potential client as you can get. Being yourself with clear intentions will win you more trust that any gesture’s ever going to. The old saying proves to be true: Honesty is the best policy.

Dancing the robot hasn’t stopped becoming even more popular in recent years. This has once again been proven by the huge success of an internet video with dancers RobotBoys feat. Poppin John (see here). While dancing like a robot is fun – it’s not much fun anymore once people behave robotic in real life.

Many companies nowadays think it wise to send their employees off to some rhetoric teacher to improve soft skills and increase persuasiveness for future negotiations. Unfortunately, this could easily backfire. If you’re no silver-tongued orator in the first place, a training – as good as it may be – won’t turn you into the ultimate speaker overnight. Instead, it teaches you typical gestures or discussion techniques that can be reassuring for nervous orators. But in reality, this makes you look robotic and unnatural. Plus, it could get really awkward if two colleagues repeat the same set of gestures over and over. In an important negotiation, this kind of impression of someone behaving a little odd may lead to the assumption that somehow that person is just not trustworthy. So instead of repeating seemingly cool hand moves like a programmed robot, show what you really want: In a negotiation at work, this could be as much information about a potential client as you can get. Being yourself with clear intentions will win you more trust that any gesture’s ever going to. The old saying proves to be true: Honesty is the best policy.

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