Mixing Red Noses and Business Body Language: Red Nose Day is May 26, 2016
by Barbara Chatzkel
QUESTION: What happens when you add red noses, red sunglasses, red ball caps, red bow ties, and red deely boppers* to the business environment?
ANSWER: Confusion, mixed-up business body language, fun, and fundraising for US children living in poverty.
Red Nose Day is a day spotlighting the plight of US children living in poverty, as well as providing an opportunity to donate to Comic Relief, Inc., the nonprofit that hosts the event. This year, Red Nose Day is Thursday, May 26. The event has multiple sponsors: Walgreens (where I purchased my Red Nose gear), NBC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, M&M’s, and many others.
If you’d like to participate, you are encouraged to wear your Red Nose paraphernalia to work, act silly, and raise funds. The challenge is to act silly in the work environment and still be within your organization’s norms – not easy to do.
Here are some Business Body Language tips to help make your Red Nose Day silly, successful, and simple:
- A smile opens lots of doors and provides you the opportunity to act a bit silly. Try it!
- Pretend that nothing is different and that the red nose, deely bopper, and bow tie are your normal attire. This can momentarily confuse others, allowing you the opportunity to observe great facial expressions.
- Take the opportunity to be a mime. A mime, an actor who does not speak but conveys messages through exaggerated body language, employs the highest form of body language. Channel your inner actor/mime and communicate through facial expressions and body movements. Be brief and watch the reactions.
- Interact with someone and see if you can get them “in the Red Nose” spirit. You’ll be giving them a great gift when they drop their business persona for a moment and act silly. HINT: Have a couple of spare red noses in your pocket. Give them out freely.
- If you have the opportunity, interact with children. You’ll notice that they can be silly naturally. It’s fun!
Oh, yes, please donate to help this great cause while you get some practice integrating your Business Body Language skills with being silly.
* What is a deely bopper? A deely bopper is a headgear novelty item comprised of a headband to which are affixed two springy protrusions resembling the antennae of insects. These “antennae” may be topped with simple plastic shapes or more elaborate and fanciful decorations, such as mini pompoms or light-emitting diodes. In June 1982, The New York Times headline referred to them as Martian antennae.
Barbara Chatzkel’s ability to provide a vibrant and behavior-changing book extends across industry segments – everyone uses business body language. Her coaching and consulting expertise on business body language grew from conducting union negotiations, managing difficult personnel situations, managing at multiple levels, and extensive business coaching experience. Her new book, Business Body Language: Your Visual Business Card, will be available in print in early 2016. Visit her website today for further information.