Whenever I try to look intimidating, nobody is ever intimidated.
I played soccer from the age of 5 through junior year of high school, and I can honestly say that not once was anyone shaking in their boots when I ran onto the field.
Other girls were very intimidating when they ran onto the field, especially in high school. I remember one girl in particular from a rival team. She had the best game face. I still see it my nightmares from time to time. Of course it didn’t hurt she was also the tallest on the field, built like a tank, could run like sonic the hedgehog, and was not afraid to get physical with anyone who crossed her. She once hip checked a friend of mine so hard she went flying into our own net. With the goalie. And the ball. Needless to say, this girl could evoke a collective gasp from every player on my team when she ran on the field.
Oh and this was JV. Don’t even get me started on the varsity players. Those girls were amazons.
So, the inability to strike fear in the souls of men has obviously been a struggle for me my entire life. The thing is, I assumed that once I’d outgrown adolescent sports, the caliber of my game face would become obsolete. But this is not entirely true. It turns out that the business world is more akin to a high school soccer game than I ever wanted to believe. Granted, it may not be in one’s best interest to growl like the aforementioned JV player anymore, but a good game face can be the difference between closing the deal…
…and living in a van down by the river.
Think about it. Most successful people know how to work the game face when they need to.
You get the idea. So, the moral of the story is, if you don’t have a good game face yet, get one. I’ll be working on mine in the ladies room mirror if you need me.