When you have to do some entertaining, what steps do you take to make sure you don't disappoint the people around you? That may feel like a very broad question, but especially if you are supposed to be the life of the party for any reason, that kind of internal mental examination will go a long way. We've all been to parties where the person who is in charge is not entertaining. Preferably, we would like to avoid that being us.
So what are some basic pieces of advice to follow as you are preparing yourself to be entertaining to a group of people? First, always considered grooming and presentation. If people are going to be looking at you for entertainment, you want them to get a great impression of how well you present yourself in terms of aesthetics. In this very strange period of human history, you may need to be entertaining in an online format versus an in-person one. Make sure you know the rules of the road when it comes to video conferencing. And finally, you always have to be a body language expert. You need to know how to present your body language in a way that communicates your desire to entertain, and you need to recognize other people's body language if they are not entertained or engaged.
Grooming and Presentation
One way or another, as the man in charge of a party, you have to be specific about your grooming habits if you have facial hair, this is one of the first things people notice about you. Check how you look twice before you have people come over. Ask a friend. Ask your partner. Find out if there is anything you need to fix about your mustache, your beard, or your haircut. This is one of the simplest things to improve to ensure that you are not getting unwanted attention for the wrong reasons.
Online Vs. In-Person
Being entertaining is not just about meeting people face to face these days. You may have to be entertaining in an online environment. This is an unusual type of activity for many people, but it is a critical skill. Whether you are entertaining socially or entertaining professionally, knowing how to present yourself online can make a huge difference in your messaging effectiveness. Don't let this opportunity get away from you by not studying your options.
Be a Body Language Expert
Finally, do you consider yourself fairly adept at understanding body language? If not, now is the time to do some research. For people who will be entertaining, body language is a two-way street. First, you have to know which motions are seen as authentic and genuine. And second, you have to know which signs you see in other people that show them disengaging from you.