It’s Monday which means it must be Darcy’s turn to write!
An interesting conversation occurred between myself and my friend Brian and Chris recently. We were having a discussion about presentation and performance in how it pertains to our search for full time gainful employment. We are all currently “on the hunt” and have been meeting daily to join our collective energies in our search.
We got around to this discussion after we decided that it was important to offer each other feedback no just on things like resumes and cover letters, but we also on how people perceive in an interview setting. For Brian it was a question of an over abundance of energy. For Chris, it was at times almost too little energy. For me there is one example that stands out: apparently, I’m already at a disadvantage because I’m so tall that it makes people think they are speaking to their fathers.
That might seem like a bit of a stretch but the logic seems sound. The idea is that the very fact that most people have to look up at me when they talk all ready puts me in a very dominant position. In film, when a camera is pointed up at something it empowers whatever is being shot with that dominance. The same, as the guys purport, is true for me because of my height. And who is one of the most dominant figures that people had to speak/answer to as a child? Their fathers.
Take a look at this photo of my friend Brian (5′-8″). This is taken from my point of view standing up.
Now, take a look at it from Brians perspective.
Do you feel like your Dad is talking to you when you see this? You do, don’t you?
Brian told me one of his friends who has the added issue of not only being very tall but also being built, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Like Godzilla in a nice suit. He’s gotta be super nice and humble so people realize he’s the Godzilla here to save Tokyo, not destroy it.”**
And that’s not to say that Holli and other tall ladies might not have the issue as being seen as a mother, but I’m not a woman so being “dad” is the mantle I’m stuck with.
Long story short…. what do you think?