Something I value deeply as part of making the human experience more intentional is vulnerability.
The other day, I was listening to a podcast talking about a flight attendant who made jokes throughout the flight to keep people laughing. He could have followed a script but instead he chose to be himself, bringing a positive energy into the room. The flight was thus much more enjoyable for everyone—most people responded well and were smiling by the end of the flight.
I was at a networking event recently and came upon a similar discovery. Talking to people can be hard. It can be easy to put up a front and act like “your supposed to act”. Have you tried being vulnerable and being yourself?
Half way through the event, I switched from my normal scripted elevator pitch to being my quirky self, admitting when I didn’t know if I said something already or if my time was up. I remained confident and composed, yet honest. Instead of judging me, like I feared, they smiled at me. They felt welcomed by my vulnerability. I was able to connect with these people much more than when I stuck with the script.
Being vulnerable leads to connection. What’s the worst that can happen? If your vulnerability leads to someone disliking you, that’s on them. Not everyone will like you and that’s okay.