Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Being Adaptable and Flexible on Social Cues

Even though there are times we can pick up on these social cues, we may not be able to change them or even get away from them as soon as we’d like. These are the times we must learn to be flexible and adapt to the situation. We all know that not all situations will be comfortable for us, and we may need to find a way to adapt until it is over. Sometimes a room can have so many people that it makes us uncomfortable. Perhaps the other visitors are sending cues of boredom or annoyance, but don’t let these cues sink you. Be flexible with the group and reflect on what you can do to help the situation. Try to start a conversation with people that seem distant or unsure. Lead by example, and speak in lower pitches or in casual tones. Many times the people around you will catch onto the cues you are sending and will become adaptable as well. This great trick doesn’t always work in all situations, but it is one way we can help ourselves adapt and manage through a difficult situation.

Until next time ...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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