061: Mini Moved Me - On Using Your Eyebrows

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To demonstrate this week's Mini Moved Me, let me start with a few pictures of me. I'm sitting at a coffee shop, so... well, here I am:

Sally's Face
Sally's Face

Here is Beaker's Face..., yes, Beaker the Muppet:

Now here is my face, doing my Beaker impression:

Beaker impression
Beaker impression

(You're welcome.) (Too bad I'm not willing to take a video of this strange and wonderful Beaker gift I have.)

My face is expressive! I have the deepest, deepest forehead wrinkles of anyone I've ever known - particularly for anyone under the age of 40 (barely, but yes, I'm under 40).

And one of the most important aspects of expression is your eyebrows. That comes as a surprise to many people, but the eyebrows hold the key to telling whether or not someone really means what they're saying.

MMM Eyebrows
MMM Eyebrows

You can't NOT move your eyebrows if you're fully engaged. (Try it, it's really hard.) And yet, over and over again we see people whose faces and expressions stop at their (fake) smiles. They don't get up to the eyes. And well, if that's the case, I've found you out.

Now I'm not saying pull a Beaker on your audience and overdo your eyebrow expression. This is not something you can think about, plan and then execute. (To do list #23 for my talk: move my eyebrows!) No. But if you're watching yourself, take note. If you're watching someone else, take note. It's a clue as to whether or not the person is truly feeling what they're saying, if they've done the work of translating their material into content that is connected and that matters.

And if you're not feeling what you're saying, what are you doing?