I told my friend S that in a few hours I would be meeting a new group of people all on my own. She went silently wide-eyed, blinked a couple times, wished me luck and then giggled while reminding me not to say anything too much like I usually say.
Soon after, my husband came home from work early to watch the kids so I could go, and I told him I’d do my best to make a good impression on this new group of people. He went silently wide-eyed, blinked a couple times and said “Uhhh…good luck with that?”
They weren’t being mean, they just know me all too well.
When it comes to making new friends, my inappropriateness in new situations comes in handy. It weeds out the oversensitive people with no sense of humor.
Like, I made one really close friend when I accidentally called my preschooler a slut (on school grounds). Everyone around me was appalled, but she laughed a genuine belly laugh and she’s been Mah Gurl ever since.
But when it comes to making a good first impression on my own with people in a professional environment?
Not so good.