Liam Holyoak

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Category: Projects

People Skills

Working in retail breeds this contempt for other human beings. It could be working in any type of service industry. Or just working around people. But after working in retail for three years I came out of there with a general dislike of other human beings. In my retail experience I was really close with all my coworkers. So a customer meant interrupted friend time. Not to mention customers can be really mean for seemingly no reason.  I went into every interaction expecting them to be a jerk. With this attitude you start wanting to avoid people in general. It’s strange though. I really like other human beings, and I don’t mind helping them outside of my work. But when I’m getting paid to do it turns into such a negative thing. I’m really out of practice when it comes to good human skills. I don’t really know how to act around people because it’s been awhile since I’ve done it in a positive manner.

I started reading some books, with some really hokey titles about improving my people skills. It’s one of those things I have always wanted to be good at, and I had this idea in my head that you had to be born with it. That it wasn’t a skill I could learn. I’ve changed my mind about that, I’m going to learn to have better people skills. Here’s the two techniques I am starting with:

  1. “Smile. But don’t be quick to smile. Look at them for a second, soak in their person. Then let a smile flood over your face and your eyes. “
  2. “Eye Contact. Don’t break eye contact and hold it for a moment after they have finished speaking. “

These are from the book “How to talk to Anyone” by Leil Lowndes. I’m going to do both of those things this week and I will get back to you on the results. Maybe I’ll make a new friend. That would be cool.

Oh, the Irony

Remember how last post I said I was going to be more consistent with this, well that hasn’t happened. I’m going to live by that idiom when it comes to this blog – If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Then eventually I will, succeed that is.

So I made this it’s really cool you should check it out. It only a .52 second video.

It’s my first attempt at making a stop motion film, it was really tricky. I macgyvered a not very good overhead filming rig. Bought a LEGO set, and spent a whole Saturday filming. I am so proud of myself. It’s not perfect but I know where I need to improve for next time. Here I come LEGO Death Star (Just kidding, do you know how many pieces that thing has, that would take so long.)

I’ve been trying to do that lately, make stuff, try new things, experiment. It’s so fun when you go into something with curiosity and just a want to try something. As a opposed to putting pressure on yourself to be the best at something right away. I am definitely guilty of that, sometimes you just put so much pressure on yourself to be good at something that it stops you from even starting. But you never really know if you’re going to like something unless you try it. So you might as well just do it, have fun, and maybe learn something new along the way.

What’s something new that you’ve tried lately? How’d it go?

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