How to Deal with Status Squashers

How do you deal with people who try to squash your status and confidence?  The kind of people who try to make you feel insignificant, junior or unimportant.  Let’s face it, they do exist.

Here are 5 tips to remember:

  1. Bear in mind that people who behave this way are often insecure.  Genuinely confident, high status people do not need to put other people down.  Quite the opposite.
  2. Check that the ‘confidence and status level’ you are communicating is high enough.  Do a body and attitude check.  Are you behaving like a junior?  You need to behave more like Christine Lagarde from the IMF than Louis Walsh on the X Factor.
  3. Come in with high confidence and status and stay there despite what the ‘status squasher’ tries.  Just stay relaxed and avoid the temptation to try too hard or to justify yourself.
  4. Keep your eye contact strong, maintain an open body language, stay engaged and interested in the meeting and put your point of view clearly.  Don’t rush, do use pauses and questions and make sure your voice doesn’t become high or breathless.  Wear clothes that communicate your seniority and influence.
  5. Be prepared.  Go in knowing your facts and knowing what you want to communicate.  If you don’t know the answer to questions, don’t bull****; say you don’t know and you’ll find out.

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